Across the Fourwinds – A review
At the end of last year, I was lucky enough to be approached by authors Shane Trusz and Darryl Frayne and asked to review their debut novel, Across the Fourwinds.
This book is an epic YA fantasy novel with a fast-paced and enticing storyline as well as a rich and believable world.
Will Owens is our main protagonist, a troubled orphan who is haunted not only by misdiagnosed mental health problems but also the mystery surrounding the loss of his parents; these things coupled by his ability to see things no others can make him a captivating and interesting protagonist.
After creating an unlikely friendship with Yale student wannabe, Morgan Finley, the two find themselves thrust into a whole new world and with it, they embark on a perilous journey in which their friendship, as well as their integrity, will be tested to the utmost.
So, what are my thoughts on this book?
I enjoyed it, I really did.
The world was complex and well planned, the beasts faced by our adventurers described in great detail making this book fully immersive and intriguing to read.
My only issue is that the characters in this book seemed a little too simplistic in the sense that there didn’t seem to be enough about them to make any single one stand out except for Will and Morgan’s companion, Bremer.
This is possibly my own personal preference but I adore complex characters who express themselves in multiple ways however these characters never really seemed to react to anything in a way which seemed anything other than was expected.
For example, without going into too much detail or including spoilers, at one point a character finds out they lost someone close to them yet although they respond to this horrific realisation with the sadness you’d expect, they quickly bounce back – which is great, but not entirely true to human nature. I would have expected more emotional descriptions of how our characters were made to feel and that no two characters would react in quite the same way.
This observation is simply a personal preference that I have and if you’re not into the same emotional floof that I am and are looking for a fully enchanting and easy to read fantasy novel, then I’d definitely recommend this book and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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