|Whilst I really like this series, I just wish that the books were longer.|
As the series has developed the books have become shorter, and whilst I realise that they were originally (perhaps) and certainly now, aimed at a much younger audience, and the concept is that they don’t like to read long stories, I would take issue with that. After all, Harry Potter books are long. And 12 year olds and younger read them. So why assume the stories need to be short – and thus missing a great deal of possible character and storyline development.
And this is where I think this book lacks something.
The characters have been established, and the drawings are stunning so you can imagine the characters in their full glory – though I do think the costume on our heroine lacks a bit – of material – to protect her skin. Despite the dragon scales, it would be nice for more leather on her legs surely?
But the end of the story seems a bit like -with one leap they were free’. As though Christine couldn’t think of what to say. Perhaps the series has run out of steam? I shall read to the end of the series, just because, but I am not giving 5, nor even 4 for this series now, it is down to 3 and if I hadn’t been a loyal reader …
Sorry Christine. But I can give you a star for the artwork.
This is book 2 of a series set in a Steampunk world.
There is a Creation myth of the 2 goddesses – the Sun and the Moon. Who fell out with other – hence the separation in the sky, but a war is about to commence in this magical world with bionic enhancements. The Sun and Moon goddesses were at each other’s throats.
This world has a whole set of creation myths involved in it, including many minor gods such as a trickster created to look after all aspects of life – even cheese making!
Technology was considered as the evil as it permitted the creation of terrible weapons and thus war and conquest – and ultimately a war amongst the gods. Again. And – as technology improved so the worship of the old gods diminished and was linked into one set of worship.
This book is good, in my opinion for mid-teens to read. I was given it to read by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I failed to get involved in the storyline, it seemed too reminiscent of the stories of Baba Yaga and her house on chicken legs that lives in many dimensions. (In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is a supernatural being who appears as a deformed or ferocious-looking old woman. Baba Yaga may help or hinder those that encounter her or seek her out). So having read stories about Baba and her disciples before and quite enjoyed them, I needed to read a story which was completely different – except this one wasn’t. And death magic is quite common too in stories and comes across better in a humorous format I find.
This is my personal view as someone who reads and has already read, far more than the 10,000 lifetime books – as I read 400 books a year. So you really have to be good and original especially when delving into folk-lore or fairytales.
Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?
Max and the Spice Thieves was a book that I never intended to write but was born out of necessity. My son was diagnosed with Cold Urticaria from a young age, and with it came some severe reactions that landed us in the hospital.
The first time it was really an issue was during a visit to the happiest place on Earth- Disney World. Our family stayed at the Animal Kingdom resort (imagine giraffes outside your window when you wake up.) My son spent time in the pool, and when he got out, he was covered in hives and had a fever. We called the front desk for help, and the Disney EMTs showed up in the room. (I didn’t know they existed. They were terrific). We realized Max was struggling, and so was our family as we felt helpless to help him. As we spent time in ERs and overnight stays at the hospital, I began writing the Enchanted Boy. In it, the boy, Max, had magic inside him that made him sick whenever he went outside. Max was brave and powerful, and once the spell was released, he felt better. I wrote a chapter a day and read it to him by night.
Our Max began to improve, and one day he came home from school and asked, “Where is my book?” I had never intended to publish the adventures of Max Daybreaker, but my Max insisted. So, three rewrites, four extensive edits, two different covers, and a title change, and Max and the Spice Thieves is now a reality. Book two is almost complete, and it is shaping up to be more than three books in the series.
Max is brave and loyal and values family more than anything else in the book, as does the real Max at home. Max is a strong, young male protagonist, which is not written about often in Middle-Grade fiction these days, so I believe it makes it unique and enjoyable for fans of that genre.
No matter what happens with Max and the Spice Thieves or the rest of the Secrets of the Twilight Djinn series, I really care about one fan and want to make him happy- my son Max.