Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Tide of Unmaking

The Tide of Unmaking, The Berinfell Prophecies, Christopher Hopper, Wayne Thomas Batson, Spearhead Books, Fantasy, September 15, 2012, 511 pages.

Synopsis: Seven years have passed since the Lords of Berinfell - Tommy, Kat, Jimmy, Johnny, Autumn and Kiri Lee - watched the horror of Vesper Crag wash away, as well as their fallen kinsman, Jett Green. But with Grimwarden in exile, the realm of Berinfell finds itself ill-equipped to weather the coming storms. Kiri Lee begins to whisper of ghostly visitations. Taeva, Princess of the Taladrim, desperately seeks out the Elves of Berinfell to rescue her kingdom. And the genocidal Drefid Lord Asp launches his campaign to conquer Allyra. And Earth. But far worse still is a consuming terror on the horizon: an unstoppable force that threatens to devour all creation and all hope.

My thoughts: The Hopper/Batson duo has returned once again! After being shut down by Thomas Nelson, they have headed up copyrights, editing, and marketing all on their own, an impressive effort for such a large volume.

The Tide of Unmaking is definitely aimed at the 8-14 year range, but could be enjoyed by anyone. However, I found it to be populated with some corny lines (along with good ones, don't get me wrong) and (sans spoilers) a predictable plot. If that doesn't bother you, and if you haven't read much fantasy, you'll be surprised and really like it.

Plot and writing aside, the morality behind the book was very good. Many characters developed a lot further, but I couldn't relate to them as well as a younger audience would. Similarly, if secular readers were to pick this up, they would find "salt and light" sprinkled throughout.

In conclusion, this is a good book for younger readers, but not for an older audience looking for a new story.

My rating: 4 stars

*This ebook was provided free by the authors. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.*

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  1. Thanks for the review, Noah! It was nice to see it come in over a quick Google search. Appreciate your honest assessment and kind words. You rock!

    Endurance and Victory!


    1. I want to be able to Proof read books before they come out, I love to read, I read almost 24-7.

  2. You're welcome! As soon as tToU is listed on Amazon or another retail site, let me know and I'll link to it!

  3. Whoa... you got an advanced copy :D Awesome! Always enjoy your reviews, though I might have a different opinion on this one ;-).

  4. Well, I proofed for the duo. Copies haven't been printed yet. Thank you for reading!