My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Proof that self publishing is not always a mistake.
Thank you, Netgalley and Victor Kloss, for this free book to review!
Two years ago, Ben Greenwood's parents walked out the door and never returned. The police have all but given up finding them when Ben stumbles upon a peculiar letter addressed to his dad. “You are the most wanted man in the Unseen Kingdoms. Unless you come to us, we cannot help. For your child's sake, tell us what you know.”For a while, I couldn't tell if it was self-published or not. I had to ask the author. Sometimes self publishing deteriorates the quality, but here? It was awesome. Vickor Kloss is amazing.
The letter is from an organisation called the Royal Institute of Magic and is dated a day before his parents disappeared. Like most people, fourteen-year-old Ben hasn't the faintest idea what the Royal Institute of Magic is, but he has his first clue: the logo on the letter.
Armed with nothing but his wits and the help of his good friend Charlie, Ben sets out to find the Institute and, through them, his parents. To succeed, he will have to navigate a land filled with fantastic creatures and Spellshooters, where magic can be bought and sold, to unravel an ancient family secret that could hold the key to defeating an evil the Institute has been fighting for the last five hundred years.
Writing anything to do with a teen boy in England must be difficult, to say the least. While there were SOME similarities to Harry Potter, there were none plot wise, so it didn't bother me that much. J. K. Rowling does not own the idea of having a magic world coexisting in the natural one.
One thing that bugged me is the prologue. It could have been left out entirely with no ill effect.
That said, this book was very entertaining, and I loved the world building. I'd absolutely suggest this to someone who loves modern fantasy. Victor Kloss is an author to keep an eye on!
Adult Content: A
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