The Book of Spells
Written by John J. Miller
Illustrated by: GKS Creative
Publisher: KOKR Publishing
The synopsis of this book is terrific. Sadly, it's like those movie trailers that show all the really good parts in 90 seconds. Then you watch the movie only to be disappointed when you realize that the trailer was the best part.
This could be an exciting, old-fashioned fairy tale style series. . .IF the author makes a few adjustments in the sequel.
The author needs to show the story to the reader --not describe every detail. The time-jumping is very distracting. It doesn't transition smoothly. The witches (introduced in the first chapter) are interesting, well thought out, and seemed to be an integral part of the story. However, they disappeared from the majority of the tale. I really wanted more of these characters, and sincerely hope they play a more significant role in book two. Also, it is important to choose between period style and modernized speech. Switching back and forth made imagining a Merlin'esk kingdom nearly impossible. The ending is abrupt and unexpected. Even with plans to pick up book two where we left off in book one I need some kind of wrap up. Just adding a teaser for the next book would be helpful.
There's a lot to like about this old-fashioned good vs. evil story. . .Miller is building a creative, highly imaginative, fairy-tale kingdom --and I am looking forward to book two. I want to see what happens next.