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5.0 out of 5 starsHeld me through the whole book.
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018
Really like the story, characters and style. Looking forward to the next book. Don't like that these reviews require you to ramble. Is that enough words?
2.0 out of 5 starsRead it if the dog ate your crayons
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2015
"Drawing Bloodlines (The Legend of the Firewalker...)"
"Follow John Kemp and his unusual band of misfits, as they journey where others have only dreamt of going," says the blurb. Really? Without Kirk or Picard or warp drive? This is a YA book that is really, really a YA book, achingly predictable, derivative, and -- worse--second in a series that may never end, These characters confront terrible problems: the book starts in the perspective of Nathan, rueful that he's never learned to wield a sword. He reflects that the battle is all his fault, because he chose to be a camp counselor. If he had a sword, he'd most likely fall on it. But we don't get off that easy. We soon learn that this Nathan has more special abilities than simply solipsistic guilt -- he is, of course, a savant. Aren't they all?
Well, they don't all have red ropes and silver ropes and an alternate history this boring.
I wanted to read this entire book to see what it might contain. It contains words on a page about things such as red robes and silver ropes, and a story which kept putting me to sleep. Not even Laura, with her emerald eyes and her face that tends to contort when she's stressed, could hold my interest.
The plot does squeek along, but oh so tritely. The ambiance is more suitable for Mall of America or Piccadilly Circus than an alternate world at the level of sword-swinging. For preteens this story might be fun (this being a second volume of a series I really can't tell, since it has no beginning or end of consequence), but surely for no one older: the book is aimed for double digit IQs or the sheltered young, and may hit its mark. I wouldn't know, not being challenged in either regard.
Only recommended if the dog ate your crayons
Buy it for a niece or nephew who likes white bread
If you want an easy read, minimal vocabulary, common
I enjoy reading new angles on the paranormal. This was a creative story. There were a few errors that a good editor would have caught. Things like using he instead of she, which made me go back and read it again. However there were not so many that I was unable to enjoy the story. I will be watching for the next book.
The best book I have read in a long time. A well build storyline with way more action than the first one, the idea of building a back story to Malick was the best part of this book. Highly recommend this to anyone that loves action, fantasy and a well build storyline. Can’t wait for book 3 “Urban Legends”, which brings me to one poin... On the official book series website, it says that preorders are starting in January 2016, it’s 2018 already and I am still not able to find any information of when or if the book will be released. Don’t let that put you off reading it though, highly recommend and will definitely recommend to everyone. Happy reading!