Magical worlds, jewels that can carry your reflection forever, and greedy advisors - all the makings of a story that is original andall written with a young reader in mind. Do you know Jeremy Dwyer? He's the author of today's book review: Potion Voyages, Book 1: Castle & Conceit. It's the first of a series containing six adventures total. Check out my thoughts...
The story takes place in a magical world, where the surrounding oceans can grant you fascinating abilities when you drink from them. As long as your genetic make up allows, anyway. So in this kingdom are a set of brothers, waiting to rule. Their father instructed them to drink from particular oceans, because they each carry particular qualities that develop in men, but one is guided along another path. Once that grants his heart's desire and places him in line to rule over both his brother and the King's wishes.
The moves Octavian makes are not truly his own. He's the face man for Cassius, who plans to usurp the kingdom. While you watch the journey, you also know of a woman who sees all, knows all and archives. She's not permitted to intervene, but there is another...
Potion Voyages is a fast read, being near two hundred pages long, but it wasn't the climactic read I'd expected. The story lacks great detail and jumped a bit, probably from Dwyer having vast amounts of great ideas, but his fingers weren't fast enough to get them down at the same rate. Happens all the time - especially to me! I liked the story and it was very original, but it needed so much more. What Cassius did throughout the story was filled to the brim, but I had trouble even imagining what Octavian looked like! There are also a few events/situations that are a little stronger than I'd want my son to read, but other than that- I enjoyed the story.
Lastly, though edited well, it was difficult read in certain areas. There were, especially in the beginning, times where I had to re-read sentences. Punctuation is the key to many books and there were commas or semicolons missing. Does it hurt the story, depends on the reader. If you can look past that- you're in!
If you're looking for something genuine, check out Dwyer's website and books. I'm off to the next read! Cheers!
Potion Voyages, Book 1: Castle & Conceit
Amazon Digital Services, LLC
February 14, 2016
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