Secrets of the Sealed Forest

Title: Secrets of the Sealed Forest

Series: Erift’s Journey’s Book 1

Author: J. T. Tenra

Published: July 15, 2004 by iUniverse

Price: $4.99 on Kindle.

☆☆/5

Blurb: What would you do if you were given the chance to embark on a real life adventure? Would you take the plunge, or let it pass on to the next person?

After being lured halfway across the globe with the promise of an exclusive video game event, Joseph Erift is pushed on a journey by a coffee-addicted professor that will forever change his life. He never thought magic could be real. That it was just an element found in fantasy stories and games. Airships and magic spells that create fire and slow time don’t exist in our real world.

However, if that were the case, then why is he seeing these things, and why are him and his best friend being sent on a quest to stop a misguided young man from awakening an ancient power?

Review: First things first, I received a free reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

I could see the potential here, this would make a pretty good series if executed well. I felt like it was a bit of a journey to get through the story myself because of all the standing dialogue.

I enjoyed the world building, I enjoyed the different approach to magic, there were some things that I haven’t seen before when it came to the main characters believing in magic.

There could have been more journey and less standing around and talking about things, which is my main issue with this. I felt like more could have been done, the action could have happened sooner. I’m actually reminded about why I didn’t finish the Game of Thrones series, A Song of Fire and Ice. Because all the action and plot was spaced too far apart because of all of the world building and feeling like the characters were just standing around or always on a journey.

With the journey being the main focus here, that would be fine if the characters were talking while on that journey. There was a good amount of world building to give the reader a good picture, but I feel like that could have been done on the journey itself.

The pacing could have been faster, but I was interested enough in the story and plot to keep going. I wanted to know what was going to happen. I also wish that there had been more character development, it seemed to be overshadowed by the world building. I liked the story and the characters somewhat, I just felt like the readers only got the surface level of these characters and I’m hoping that the next book, or books, give more insight to them.

It’s an alright book for its genre and maybe I’m not the key demographic for this, even though I do enjoy fantasy and magic. Probably because it’s interlaced with science and I’m not the biggest fan of science fiction, but I did enjoy the idea of it.

Thank you for reading my review.

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