Friday, November 18, 2011

Book Review: Heartkeeper: Volume One by N.R. Searcy


Heartkeeper: Volume One
by N.R. Searcy
Received for Review
Young Adult Fantasy
Goodreads Average Rating: 4.14
e-book


Before I get into my review, here is the synopsis on goodreads:

The epic tale of the Heartkeeper began long before recorded history. Though it appears to be a simple golden box, it has shaped the events of the world for time immemorial.

For Flikk, it started with a simple theft, and sent him on a dangerous journey from one end of the world to another. Along the way, he encountered all manner of creatures ranging from gnomes and dwarves to dragons and goblins.

This is the beginning of that journey.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:


While this book started out slightly slow before page thirty I was hooked. Don't let the first thirty pages keep you from reading this book. It is a great read.

In Heartkeeper, N. R. Searcy creates a compelling cast of relatable characters. His characters aren't archetypes, and they don't fit into character molds. His characters take on personalities of their own that readers will love. That was a refreshing break from many other fantasy novels I've read lately.

I really loved the character Flikk in particular (don't get me wrong I liked them all), but I really liked Flikk. He is loyal, endearing, adventurous, and an enigma. That's enough to catch my attention.

A slightly more extensive summary: After stealing a box, Flixx captures the attention of the evil King Vincent who is desperately trying to kill of his rival Girth and gain control over Flixx the new "Heartkeeper." This novel is full of enough conflict, action, and adventure to capture anybody's attention.

Searcy's skill at world building is evident. Lovers of high fantasy will love this tale of adventure, friendship, magic, and pursuit of revenge.

This novel transported me back into my early teen years where I couldn't get enough of high fantasy.

This is the first installment in Searcy's series and I will definitely be interested in seeing how he develops his characters and expands his plot in the sequel. For those who love novels with dwarves, goblins, elves, gnomes, and various other magical beings, this is the novel for you.


In Summary: I really enjoyed this novel. Searcy has created a story that caught my attention from the very beginning. I loved Searcy's characters. He had excellent characterization. I really loved seeing such great characterization. 



Warnings/Side-notes: This novel deals with minor violence. Nothing in this novel offended me. It is not graphic.
The Wrap-up: I really liked this book. The writing was great, the plot intriguing, and the characters were easy to connect to. Definitely a book that I would read the sequel.

Happy reading!
Love,


Danica Page


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