I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Terry Maggert!
I was super excited when I got this ARC because, one, I loved Heartborn, and two, Maggert is an intelligent writer. What I mean by that is that his books (the two that I have read) are extremely well researched. He includes myths and legends form Ancient history which enrich and are integral to the plot. He doesn't take a myth and modifies it for it to fit the scope of his plot, he takes the myth as is, in all its glorious authenticity and weaves into his story. My brain just had a thought: tapestry weaver. In addition to his content being of great quality, so is his writing. He writes in a mature and eloquent manner. You know how some YA books sound like a teenager wrote them? Well this one doesn't. It's fluid, mellifluous, and verbose.
Another strength of this book, is the world building. Maggert is very good at conceptualizing complex and original worlds without confusing the reader - which sounds easy until you remember a time when you tries to explain something simple and all you got were confused, blank looks. You know what I'm talking about.
Lastly, Maggert's character building skills are superb. His characters grow throughout the novel, and there are no "drastic" changes in their demeanor as you read. (See, example of me explaining myself poorly) What I mean by that is that, yes, there is a huge difference between the characters at the beginning of the novel, and at the end, but fluidity with which these changes happen is just so natural that you don't notice a sudden change in character.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Terry Maggert!
This book started off interestingly enough, with an angel realm and human realm mixing ever so slightly for the first time. I felt as though the middle could have been more concise, especially the Earth chapters. The Sliver chapters were actually my favourites, especially the epic final ones. It almost seemed as though the Sliver chapters had more substance than the Earth chapters, and that is what was tipping me off ever so slightly. However, with the end, everything ends up making sense - sort of.
I was a little confused about the time aspect of this book, and Terry was kind enough to answer my questions. His answers opened up a whole new aspect of the book that rendered it even more beautiful and interesting than before. The amount of thought and planning that went into this book is astounding and I applaud it. Whenever I realize how intelligent a book is, I cannot seam to stop loving it.
The end of the book was well executed. I liked the linking of the characters, as well as the time blank followed by the plot twist. I would say that the last 15% of the book was the most entertaining part.
I'm looking forward to reading the sequel!
On another note, how aesthetically pleasing is that cover! Totally in love with it. *wings are my weakness*