The Seventh Seal (The Chronicles of Daniel Stone #1) – My Review!!
I got back to my fantasy roots after a couple of recent forays into new genres. I’d seen this book talked about on Twitter and it was in my Goodreads recommendations, so I picked it up. Here are my thoughts.
Synopsis (from the author):
Fifteen year old Daniel Stone’s world is turned upside down when he is kidnapped by the villainous Odling Smee. He learns that his late father was one of the seven Keepers of Thera charged with maintaining the balance of life on Earth and its alternate self Arthe and that this great responsibility has now fallen on him.
Smee is intent on overthrowing the Keepers and taking control of life itself and Daniel, as heir to the Seventh Seal, now stands in his way!
Daniel has to come to terms with the lies and deceit of his parents as well as the burden of his father’s inheritance as his life heads uncontrollably into a future he could never have imagined. His childhood now lost he has to face the heavyweight of adult responsibility.
What I liked about The Seventh Seal:
I enjoyed the narrator’s account of everything. The Seventh Seal, told in a more conversational way, kept me interested. Daniel’s battle with the lies his father told, the omissions from his mother, and Smee all add nice elements to the tale. Smee is a good villainous character, and the Keepers fallible enough to show their humanity. Thera made a cool alternate world. Overall, an enjoyable book!
What I didn’t like about The Seventh Seal:
In spite of (or perhaps because of) their human foibles, the Keepers almost had an air of incompetence about them. Smee too easily outsmarted those tasked with protecting everything. Those two issues for me combined to detract from The Seventh Seal (The Chronicles of Daniel Stone #1) a bit. I also thought fleshing out Daniel’s would add to the tale.
Overall impression of The Seventh Seal:
The overarching story of The Seventh Seal was entertaining. The action added nicely to the story, and Smee was a great villain. All told, an enjoyable book and one that I recommend to any fantasy fan!
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