This is an honest review; I received the book free from the writer in exchange for writing a review about it.
Hello everyone! Another book read on my list and here is the review. This time around it is the fantasy book The White Horseman by J.S. Graydon. The novel is set in a magical world in which the main character Ben finds himself after a car crash propels him from the human world into it. Talk about culture shock!
In this fantasy world are a bunch of strange characters. They are either good, such as a creature who says the exact opposite of what he means, or they are evil. Perhaps the most evil of all is a sorcerer who is trying to summon the White Horseman to take over both the human and magical worlds. If the White Horseman is summoned, it will wipe out humanity. Can Ben and the strange group of bumbling, good-natured creatures stop the mad sorcerer?
Such is the plot of The White Horseman by J.S. Graydon. When I first started the read, it took me a while to get into it because I kept comparing it to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I almost wanted not to like it because of the similarities between the two tales, including the journey of a group of misfits with magical powers who are driven to stop evil from happening. That being said, I began to turnaround in favor of the book by the time I reached the 200-page mark.
By that point in the book, I felt like I finally started to understand the different characters. Ben was becoming a more complex human being by that point, which made him more believable for me. I also liked that I started to understand how the creatures that he traveled with came to acquire their magical powers or come on this journey. These details made me feel closer to the characters.
I also liked that the chapters were not all long, as with some books. Some chapters were only a few pages. That made it easier for me to fit in reading as I don’t usually like to stop in the middle of a chapter. If you like fantasy books, I think you will enjoy the creativeness of the plot. Plus, there’s a good twist with the Ben character about three-quarters of the way into The White Horseman. No, I’m not giving away any secrets here; I don’t want to ruin it for you in case you read it too. I rate this fantasy book as 4/5 stars.
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