I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was pretty excited when Collins asked me to review his book, as fantasy is right up my alley. I started reading, and I first want to say that the writing is clean, very few errors and even then only minor ones. That was in no way my problem with this book. I think, for me, it was simply much too Harry Potter-esque. And while I love Harry Potter, I do prefer to read the original.
All in all the book was well written, I simply just could not bring myself to get into it as I do with other books. I’m not sure if it was too juvenile for me. After all, I’m not the 14 year-old that fell in love with Harry Potter now, and this book may just be better for a younger audience, I don’t know.
Even and Brooks are perfectly likable characters, and they go on ‘many’ adventures together learning to fight demons at a special school (Harry?). Also Evan starts out with a dead grandmother, and a rather large group of bullies. I did feel I was able to connect somewhat with Evan at the beginning while he was being bullied, but I felt that his magic came into play way too powerfully way too fast. All of a sudden he was able to shoot fire from his hands, within the first chapter. I guess I might have wished for a more gradual realization of just how powerful he had the potential to become.
All I can say is that, if you are younger than 20, this book may be for you. If not, I’m not so sure. That is for you to decide!