Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I Wish... a tale of Witches (a book by Wren Emerson)

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I rarely ever get to do book reviews on newly released books not to mention on unknown authors.  The first time I had the opportunity to do this is with Justin Scro's book "Replicas," review found here.  So is Wren Emerson a better author than Justin Scro?  I don't know, they are both too different to compare but both are really engaging reads.

Wren's book, I Wish... is about a girl who discovers her heritage, mainly that she comes from a long line of witches, and how she deals with the revelations and the culture within the witch community.  The culture of the witch community reminds me of the culture of the Dark Elf community in R.A. Salvatore books about Drizzt.  In both books social worth of an individual is related to the rank of the matriarch based household and advancement was often based on murder (in the case of the Dark Elf community everyone in the household had to be killed off... not the case in I Wish...).  

The book was well written and errors that usually abound in indie publication were surprisingly minimal.  My only criticism is that there wasn't nearly enough of a climax in this first book to create an intense longing to read the rest of the series as they appear.  The book doesn't end with a bang but with no clear direction.  I will most definitely purchase the rest of this series as it is released to find out if the author is capable of doing literary justice to the complex culture she has created (or at least reveal more of the complexity in a believable and entertaining manner.... I'm interested in the complexities of the inner Coven politics!).  

So the book moved fairly quickly but information was revealed very slowly.  This is what made it a book that held my attention.  I was always wanting to figure out what happens next.  Some twists were good, battle scenes were great, I loved it!

I'm giving this book 5 stars (on Amazon) for a first effort (a 4-5 star book without qualification).  This author is talented, as is Justin Scro mentioned above, and good things are sure to come for her if she persists and constantly works on getting better, more complex, etc.  The next couple of books will reveal if she has the "it" factor of authors such as J.K. Rowling but this is not quite there yet.  I will detract this statement depending on the quality of the sequels.  

1 comment:

  1. Ah, I saw this on Amazon last night, but I couldn't see the name of the reviewer (I was on my phone). I think this is such a thoughtful review. I really felt like I earned my stars on this one. Thanks for taking the time to read and review. I appreciate that. :)