Wow. Just wow.
I mean, I’m honestly not sure where to start with this one – it’s fantastic! It’s been a long time since I’ve found a book that I enjoy so completely that it’s easily to become lost in. I’m a writer myself (hopefully you know this by now) and when you combine that with my education in writing, it’s very hard to turn that critical mind off and just enjoy something. There are plenty of books that people enjoy that I just can’t now – even if I used to before.
Gid and the Arborinium Prophecy is almost like a reset button – and one well needed! Not only was there very little I could pick on (and anything like that is down to personal preference and not objective criticism) but it flowed so well, which is something I value a lot in a book. So, what captivated me the most?
An immersive world
It can be difficult to find the balance between descriptive text and moving the plot forward. I’m a massive fantasy fan and some of my favourite works are said to be boring and tedious because of this. It’s something I’m aware of but I enjoy being able to close my eyes and know every detail of that scene and location the writer describes.
Both the world we know and the new one Andy Gee introduces us to are clear enough for us to see without any trouble. What’s more impressive is the way that all descriptions add something to the story. Not a word is wasted and while he could easily have gone into more detail that adults may have enjoyed and appreciated, his first audience are younger readers and taking that risk is not worth it. It’s a balancing act and one he has handled well.
Introducing Gid and the gang
Gid, our protagonist, is a normal kid. That’s our introduction and it’s something he refers to himself throughout the story. There are lessons to be learned here – and not just one, no, there are plenty. As Gid grows, the world he sees changes before him and the same for the reader. This development is natural and there is a point to everything that happens.
However, he is not alone and has a wonderfully vibrant range of characters that help him along the way – or not, as the case may be. You won’t come across them all straight away, and you may leave them to re-join them later but they stand out and prove that while Gid is special, while he’s our hero, this is not solely his story.
My favourites are Ash and Gecks. That’s all I’m saying. You’ll meet them later and when you understand their relationship, you’ll see why I like them so much!
It never stops!
As I mentioned before, the pace is great but it does slow down at times. In some stories, that would be a problem but not here. The emotions can be intense, you can’t help rooting and feeling for Gid and you might not even realise how invested you are until things slow down a little and you can recover from it. There are a couple of points in the book that had my heart racing and I didn’t even realise until after. It was crazy – this is for young readers yet it still has pull over older and adult audiences. Tricky to do, so kudos, Mr. Gee.
You don’t have to take my word for it, either. Head over to Amazon where you can buy the paperback and Kindle versions of Gid and the Arborinium Prophecy as well taking a look at the other reviews people have left. They’re all positive so far and it goes to show just how well Andy Gee has captured this world, his characters and audiences of both the young and old. It’s a fantastic start to what promises to be a great writing career!