Published by Keyboards and Caffeine Publications on Aug 14, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Format: eBook from Author
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Danger is never far away in Middle On.
It has been thirteen years since Orryk’s father disappeared.
A strange letter is discovered in a journal that starts our hero on an adventure to find the man that abandoned him, his brother, and his mother. The question on everyone’s mind: what really happened to make the man vanish?
A town that always seemed boring and ordinary suddenly becomes alive with threat and enchantment. The search for clues throws Orryk into circumstances that are too unbelievable and too wild for him to handle alone, and makes him wonder how he ever missed all the strange and bizarre things happening in Middle On.
The fight for clues takes our hero through some of the most challenging trials of his life and forces Orryk to decide which morals to bend, or break, to get what he wants.
Set in a time of gaslights, wagons, and stone paved highways, this is a fantasy adventure where people and things, even the most ordinary, are not what they seem.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I wanted to like this story, I really did, but it just didn’t happen. Orryk was a likable and sympathetic character. He’s all alone and looking for something to give him purpose. He latches onto the idea that he should find out why his father left, and where he went, when he abandoned his family when Orryk was a child. The plot sounds good. So why didn’t I like it?
I think the main reason is that there is no resolution of anything in the book. A lot of time is spent introducing us to Orryk and his friends, and the antics they get up to together. The main purpose to the story seems to be that Orryk decides to look for his father. Not that he does look for him, that comes in a later book. This book is all about that decision. I don’t think it’s enough to base an entire book on.
The summary of the book makes it seem like there will be lots of action in the story. After reading the first book, it seems that the summary is for the whole series, not just for this one book. I find this misleading, and led me to be disappointed, to the point that I’m not sure I want to bother continuing the series.