Friday, July 27, 2018

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Book Review: The Carnelian

The Gemstone Chronicles - Book Review - Katrina Roets
When Aidan and Maggie find a fairy cross while rock-hunting with their grandfather, it's just an oddity. But when they discover there is an elf imprisoned in the stone and set him free, they and their grandparents, Nana and Beebop, are attacked by Dark Elves and forced to flee to the magical world of Celahir.

In Celahir, Findecano - the elf the children freed from the fairy cross - leads them on a quest to recover gemstones stolen from the Elven Bow by the Dark Elves. Without the restoration of the gemstones to the Elven Bow, the balance between good and evil in Celahir - and the human world - could tip toward evil.

I very much love a good fantasy book and feels as if it's been ages since I've read one. When I came across this book, I snatched it up. The bonus? It's book one in a series of four. You guessed it. I also love a really good fantasy series.

The Good:

The human portion of the main characters was made up of a strong, loving family. They protected, supported, and encouraged each other every step of the way and it was really great to see. On the other side of things, I also enjoyed the mystical creatures in the story and how things were loosely based upon Irish mythology. 

The Bad:

There are a few things, so let me break it down...

Grammar - I lost track of the number of times I was pulled out of the story due to a missing word, a lack of commas, or in at least one case, the author using the wrong pronoun to describe one of his characters. All of this could be corrected with a good proofreader and I hope that the author does so and releases a new edition.

Descriptions - The book got a bit repetitious at times and yet, at others, descriptions that should have come far earlier in the book were left until nearly the end.

Characters - While I really did enjoy most of the characters, I found Aidan a bit disconcerting at times. Don't get me wrong, I know that 14 year old boys can be headstrong and will at times do just what they want and not necessarily what they were told, but Aidan did this on a frequent basis and as someone who is represented as loving and respecting his grandparents, his actions didn't often back that up.

The Summary:

I am truly on the fence as to whether or not I want to purchase the second book in this series. I think that the premise is fantastic and that the story telling itself was, for the most part, really enjoyable. However, the lack of having a good editor or at least a proofreader really has put me off. It's tough to read a book where every few pages you're thrown out of the story. So, my recommendation? Give this one a try and then decide for yourself where to go. For $2.99 on Amazon, you're out less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks if you don't enjoy it. 

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