Cover of the Fantasy Book The White Horseman

Book Review: The White Horseman by J.S. Graydon

Cover of the Fantasy Book The White Horseman

Book Cover of The White Horseman by J.S. Graydon.

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.
 
 
©2015 Christy Birmingham

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55 thoughts on “Book Review: The White Horseman by J.S. Graydon

  1. melouisef

    Yes I can see you do good reviews. I hate it when I see these Amazon reviews starting with and I quote “I loved this book, could not put it down| kind of thing. It makes me not want to read the book.

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      1. melouisef

        Maybe some of them gets paid? I know the one guy and if i am correct his name is Elmore Leonard used to write several of his own review and gave it well you guess how many stars. He was named and shamed in the end.

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  2. Raymond Alexander Kukkee

    Christyb, I’m not a fantasy writer, it’s not my genre –and I do have trouble getting into fantasy novels–it’s hard to be objective. When I DO find one I like, it’s a 4 or 5-star without doubt “:) I liked this honest review. “:)

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  4. lscotthoughts

    I’m not really into fantasy novels Christy, but this book does sound interesting and thank you for taking the time to review it. I wish much success to the author, as well! Many hugs to you for a lovely weekend, too!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Thank you Lauren for the nice comment in spite of this not being a genre you generally read. I like to share books and authors and… poetry 😀 I hope you are doing well! Sending you big hugs and hope your weekend is nice too!

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  5. BroadBlogs

    Sounds like people who enjoy fantasy novels will enjoy this.

    I found this interesting and was wondering what was about:

    One good character says the exact opposite of what he means.

    I typically associate that with doublethink, And evil, so it piqued my curiosity.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Oh yes, that character who says the opposite is actually quite fascinating. He says yes when he means no and at one point frantically tells people to stay where they are when really he means to start running away. Interestingly, he is not an evil character and actually there’s a twist to him that comes later in the book (shhhh can’t say anymore for giving away the ending, wink wink)

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  6. marianbeaman

    Thank you for following my blog today, Christy. I left a comment there. Here I see you are an author, book reviewer, and lover of poetry.

    I like your book review because you analyzed the content of the book and expressed how you felt about reading it. Also, it wasn’t too long. My measure of a good review: If it runs more than a foot long, I think, “What’s the use?” (Well, not really, but you get the point.) Recently I reviewed Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings which you may want to take a look at here: http://plainandfancygirl.com/2015/01/07/sue-sarah-and-handful-reviewing-the-invention-of-wings/

    Look forward to sharing thoughts in the virtual world, Christy!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Marian,
      Thank you for checking out my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment here. Yes, for the book review length, I don’t want to give away the whole plot of the book but I do want to explain enough about the book that people will know if they want to read it or not 🙂 I will be over soon to check out your review! Always great to read about new books to check out!

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  7. vivachange77

    I’m not into reading fantasy (except for The Time Traveller’s Wife) but your review makes The White Horseman sound like a good book. Thanks for saying what you think, favorable or not.

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  8. Ste J

    Fantasy has always been something I am wary of as it tends to polarise my opinion one way or the other but this sounds interesting and I do like a twist as well. A bunch of misfits always makes me feel better about myself as well, that is why I love watching Return to Oz, that moose head is great.

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  9. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB)

    Thanks for the introduction to Graydon’s The White Horseman. I envy anyone who can write good fantasy. It’s a genre I don’t gravitate to, but have found some titles I really like. Realism tends to snag me more. With fantasy, I always find myself struggling with willing suspension of disbelief unless the writing is practically seamless.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I don’t stick to one genre when reading, which is readily apparent in my posts here. I love words in general. I totally get what you mean though about gravitating toward some genres more than other ones 🙂

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  10. Ranju

    I know what I would read next. I’m neck deep in fantasy novels that I’m going back in time and reading all teenage books I haven’t read yet. So this absolutely sounds like my type. 🙂
    Thanks for finding my blog 😀

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