Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: The Lost Heir by E.G. Foley

Hi all!

Something for children :)





Author: E.G. Foley
Title: The Lost Heir
Series: The Gryphon Chronicles #1
Release date: 22nd of July 2012
Published by: Foley Publications
Reading level: FICTION – CHILDRENS: Adventure, Fantasy
Pages: 312 in in e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

Strange new talents...

Jake is a scrappy orphaned pickpocket living by his wits on the streets of Victorian London. Weird things have been happening to him lately. He's Started seeing ghosts, and can move solid objects with his mind! He has no idea why. Next thing he knows, a Sinister Gentleman and his minions come hunting him, and Jake is plunged headlong into a mysterious world of magic and deadly peril. A world that holds the secret of who he really is: the long lost heir of an aristocratic family with magical powers.

But with treacherous enemies closing in, it will take all of his wily street instincts and the help of his friends -both human and magical- to solve the mystery of what happened to his parents and defeat the foes who never wanted the Lost Heir of Griffon to be found...

Review:

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. This was a satisfying fantasy adventure for children, which I can imagine the latter would enjoy to bits. A poor underdog hero, with secrets in his past, joined by a cute sidekick, discovering a mysterious fantasy world coexisting with the ordinary, where they must escape, dodge and defeat a great evil while taking back everything that was cruelly taken from him – sounds good, doesn’t it?

The story had many aspects working in its favor:
The Victorian setting with the poor orphan boy protagonist gave this a slightly dickens-ish feel, which I thought provided a colorful and appropriate background. The villain was eerily creepy and sinister, I really liked how the “bad guys” were created and presented in this book. The characters were distinct and sympathetic for the most part. The fantasy world the story was situated in had its appeal and unique aspects so that I was left wanting more information about the book’s mystical universe. There was constant action and new challenges to overcome, the pace was fast and I wasn’t left bored.

BUT, there is always something that spoils the fun:
I had this constant nagging feeling that I’ve already read this book. It was quite original, smart and had potential in some parts, but I was hoping it would bring on something more new and unexplored. In regards to different aspects, story lines, characters, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, etc books constantly came to mind. Not that there were that many parallels to draw, but most had been done already and that is why I couldn’t really appreciate this story to the extent that I probably should have. The story does no mayor wrong, it’s just that I felt that maybe I’ve read too much from this genre and they all blend together already whenever I pick up something similar.

Characters:

Jake was a capable hero: headstrong, brave and a smart mouth, but on the other side, he was reckless, arrogant and too confident in himself at times. He made some choices I wasn’t proud of and acted immature on very wrong occasions, but that’s what made him realistic and relatable. In the end, however, he always came through. He wasn’t your overly likable generic children’s adventure hero and exactly THAT was what made him likable in the first place.

I thought Dani with her little dog was super adorable! I could just squeeze her. She was brave and sweet, but most of all I loved that she didn’t let Jake boss her around, on the contrary.

Derek was my biggest disappointment from the characters, the idea was there, but it never fully realized and I still have no idea who he really is or what he’s like. He came across quite vague and forgettable. I hope there is more insight into his character in the upcoming books to give him some color and personality.

Overall:

The rating is actually more towards 3.5 than 4, but it possessed enough positive traits to round the number to 4. As mentioned, this would be perfect for children and even I as an adult enjoyed it to a high degree. If you like Harry Potter, etc, then this book is definitely for you!



4 stars!

LIIS




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