Author: Jaffrey Clark
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Book one has parts 1-3 combined. This was greatly needed, and feels more natural as a whole book, rather than being in parts.
My Rating: 5 Lit Fireflies
Definitely a book fantasy lovers will enjoy. If you’re looking to enter a world of mysterious magic, this is a read for you. I’m pretty excited for the rest of the series.
While the beginning focuses mainly on Joby and Scratch’s daily routines, as the story progresses, you will be introduced to other characters with similar situations. It will show the power of friendship and teamwork. Baddies appear, spirits and faeries are talked about and seen, magic develops, friendships are made, unique weapons are used, yep you’ll have tons to imagine and try to solve. Book one pretty much sets up the story for the rest of the series in The Shadow Tribe. This group of youngsters will have plenty more to do in the future.
Bits of unique magic will show up as the story progresses. I was also fascinated by the surroundings in this world. Both the environment, and the living beyond where Joby calls home, will get your imagination working. Creatures distant from the city, seem to be a rare occurrence. Other than the everyday stray dogs, creatures in this world seem to have sort of a magical element to them, giving that fantasy satisfaction. I was hoping for more occurrences with these creatures, but I assume they will show up more in the future.
Something I’d like to point out about Jaffrey Clark’s story telling is he has the ability to give life to his world with such a high level of imagery. Every bit of detail that was fed into my mind was clear. Characters are easy to picture and relate to. Environments are easy to understand and imagine. Scratch is a good example of how much thought goes into Jaffrey’s characters, and he is just a dog! Ah, sorry Scratch, you’re not just a dog. You’re a great contribution to the group… being cute and comical is enough. Anyways, instead of just throwing the words pet dog into the story, he gave life to him, and created descriptions throughout the story dog lovers will recognize and laugh about. Jaffrey Clark’s characters each come to life with such detail, whether they are friends of foes. I was drawn into this story, unable to put it down. The start of this series has been pretty heart warming and tends to give a safe feeling. Not sure if that will change, but I am enjoying the flow thus far. Looking forward to book two.