To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
"Then what about me?" Tom demanded. "What am I meant to do?" "You're doing it." The old gnome said simply. "Even if that means being confused and complaining a lot and being ill at ease..."
Schoolboy Tom Gunn ventures into the forest to find a cure for his sister's illness, and a way for his family to move back to the countryside, away from alienating suburbs. Lost within, he agrees to join forces with a sorcerer to create a a magical world. However, nothing is as it appears, including the act of creation itself.
From beginning to end, I felt primarily grateful to the author for keeping the paragraphs short, the action relentless, the scope focussed, and the headcount low, even if it meant disjointed themes and leaving loose ends. A rambling chronicle this novel is not. The pace is rhythmic, the language clear, and the few important points are not glossed over or lost in belabouring. You will not have to flip back or search for a name or event. Yet, this discipline makes room for complexities seldom explored in heroic fantasy such as anxiety, the paralysis of will, and even the function of the genre. By avoiding errors of indulgence, a modest tale is delivered well, rather than becoming - as often happens - a grand epic that exceeds the prose carrying it. This ebook was a charming and cheap way to spend several hours thanks to the author recognising - in a self-referential nod - that creating a world is less important than telling a story.
For Mighty Zac's first novel this was a treat. My 7 and 9 year old couldn't wait for me to come home and continue the epic story. This book will go on the shelf beside Lewis and Tolkien. Let it be in print anon! It is worth smelling the book on paper!
This is an impressive first novel, written for young people, who will find both familiar and surprising -- mind-stretching -- ideas in the adventure of Tom Gunn. To Create A World embodies a familiar theme, but Zac Alstin's treatment of it brings out clearly the personal spiritual transformation that it involves. As he has said: "[W]e ultimately embody both the usurper, and the realm that is plunged into chaos by his rule. In our own lives we seize at power, glory, knowledge, and control that were never ours to possess. And so we await, as both the villain and the victim, for the innocent hero to rescue and defeat us, and so return our world to order." However, the story is not at all didactic. It is imaginative as well as philosophical, with plenty of incident and wry (even sly) humour about, for instance, competing worldviews between commerce and the arts, philosophy and science. It is occasionally menacing and not lacking the odd sword and spot of blood. The book's moral and imaginative universe has much in common with that of Tolkien, which is a high recommendation in my view. Looking forward to the next one.