Book Review: Sparkles of Blue by Ray Zdan

Publisher: BooksGoSocial

Publishing Date: January 2017

ISBN: 9781999737702

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.7/5

Publishers Description: The secret world of Sleepers broke my life like a powerful twister.

Review: This was released a year ago and has only garnered one review on GR. A little puzzling even if released specifically in the U.K. This is about an average office worker that is bitten by a snake on a train that resides on the body of an unknown man. Soon his life changes when he falls asleep in his current reality, he wakes up in a world of Fantasy. These worlds start to merge within his life experiences making life a bit more hectic than usual.

The story line premise is a good one. By design it constantly thrusts the reader into spritely paced movement while giving the reader a chance to breath when sleep for our hero prevails. These instances grow shorter as various villains start to hunt Prince Kyleb/Kyle.

The world building was hard to visualize as the descriptors lacked a well defined progression. No matter how hard I tried, I could not entertain  the soaring vertical black cliffs, raging river and the kingdom as a cogent entity. The outer realms were equally hard to visualize, especially the “Braid” and the further reaches.

The characterization was very good except for, you guessed it, the main character. Which is pretty important in pivotal situations. Kyle goes from a mewling trembling wretch to Prince Kyleb, master at arms and genius war general. This constant flutter of personas residing in the same person was not only tiring but wholly unbelievable. The priest was a great addition to the novel but sadly got very little page time. Additionally Prince Kyleb’s sisters are interesting as well.

So, there you have it. A tame review that seeks a bit of clarity from a burgeoning talent. While the ending is abrupt to further whet your stone on a series, the next installment requires some changes in Kyle’s character development  along with some enhanced world building to further your interest.

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