In the Books featuring Aschwood Academy: The Bloodline by M.B. Cohen

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Aschwood Academy: The Bloodline by M.B. Cohen.

Disclaimer: I was given a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book: Amsden Ironwrought is a master blacksmith living in a remote village in Ancient Egypt. Ethan Samuels is a good-hearted, fourteen year-old boy living in modern-day Chicago. Though two thousand years separate their intertwined timelines, the two of them have more in common than they would expect.
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Ethan has spent the last fourteen years of his life moving from city to city with his mother, but after finally laying roots in Chicago, his life seems to have settled down. In a snowy alleyway, an unexpected mugging plunges Ethan into the magical world of the Bloodline and whisks him away to Aschwood Academy, a school for the magically gifted. There, he befriends a quirky mix of loyal friends and finds himself in the midst of plot by the Blood Host to steal one of the most powerful relics in the world.

Amsden’s tale centers upon the creation of those very relics nearly two thousand years ago. A group of ambitious foreigners have discovered an unknown material near his homeland that grants them near god-like powers, and the men conquer and mercilessly rule the land fueled by the talismans they had Amsden create. Enraged by the stories of brutality and chaos, he decides to use the powers he has secretly acquired and bring the fight to them.

Aschwood Academy: The Bloodline is the debut children’s, fantasy novel by M. B. Cohen and is the first book in the Aschwood Academy series.

My Review: This story intrigued me from the start. I’m a huge fan of fantasy and this looked like a fun read and I wasn’t disappointed.

The story was smooth and enticing, leaving me wanting to keep turning the pages to find out what happened next. The fact it parallels the Harry Potter series could be considered a negative, but I think that helped me to build a familiarity with the world, and, to be honest, how many magical stories taking place in a school aren’t going to draw comparisons to J.K. Rowling’s work?

With that in mind, I have to say I think it stands on its own with the backstory filling in the Bloodline’s history as well as serving as a cool alternate story. I think that’s a difficult thing to pull off in the same book, so my hat’s off to the author for that.

As far as the characters, I thought they were well written and fun to experience. My favorite was Ethan’s best friend Logan. He was adventurous and got into a lot of trouble. Those are qualities near and dear to my heart. Lol

I’d definitely recommend this for anyone interested in the fantasy or magical boarding school genres.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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