Reviewed by: Sian
The age of the Warlords draws to en end. It is the dawning of an era of learning, innovation and enlightenment. A time for the New Order spoken about by visionary thinker, Rezden and his lifelong friend, Maxmillian Grace. On on the smouldering ashes of Horizen, once the home to the immortals, a new city will rise – where all men are equal in opportunity and status. And so the megacity is born – and at first lives up to expectations and the dream. But there comes a day when it can no longer sustain the influx – and the spectre of greed raises its ugly head. As more and more succumb to poverty and need peace becomes threatened and anger simmers deep within the belly of the beast. A world is threatened – …it is a time for a Seed of Reason…
Gavin Mills presents to us an interesting tale woven over different interconnected lives. On one hand you live through the lives of the first generation of good natured people trying their best to lead the world into a new era of love and equality while dealing with their own imperfections. On the other hand you live through a common conception of greed; anger and selfishness that is too often born from goodness when goodness is no longer enough. The characters introduced are really interesting and the world that Mills creates is certainly an enchanting one.
I enjoyed the characters of the book and the way in which Mills introduced them. Their personalities clearly shone through not only their descriptions but their actions and dialogue throughout the book. With each obstacle met; the characters grew together and individually which really does make a good book. I liked the fact that it wasn’t a typical feel good fantasy where every character has enlightening events that make them stronger but rather that obstacles presented to the characters either built them up or broke them down – which to me is how a story should be because that is what nature is like. You either make it or you don’t. The world Mills introduces to us is not only charming in certain aspects but also quite realistic. He introduces the notion of the direct effects people have on the world around them; and how they create their own droughts. While there was certainly an element of magic throughout the book – to me the world was one I could envision myself in.
There were few things I didn’t like about the story. It is a complex story and I feel like the focus on the characters shifted a little too quickly. While it certainly leaves a little bit of a want to find out what was happening – I feel that still could have been achieved and even better if the focus on the characters lasted a bit longer. I also found that while there was an excellent setting for the book in the first section; the ending seemed a little rushed to me and I felt it could have had a little more POP and ACTION. I was kind of disappointed that there wasn’t more to the ending. I found myself left with a few questions I would have preferred answered.
This being said; I found the book overall a complex read but I certainly think that Gavin Mills has got something really special for writing fantasy. The concept of the story was amazing and I do recommend that anyone who enjoys a good fantasy certainly give his book a try.
Review Rating: 3/5
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 12, 2016)
Published Date: October 12, 2016
Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy