Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Desolation (The Keystone Bone Trilogy Book One) by Jesper Schmidt.
About the Book: Just as Aea had finally found happiness in her troubled life, everything starts to fall apart. When she discovers that her sister, Isota, is still alive, Aea ventures to save her, well aware that every Duian who leaves the forest realm of Thaduin will inevitably catch a deadly disease, the Field Blight. Aea finds herself in a race against time.
My Review: One of the fun things about reading fantasy is seeing a new world develop before our eyes, and the author does a great job of exposing us to the world through his characters in a well-balanced pace that faded into the background when needed.
The story is well-written and the pacing is steady, going just fast enough to allow us to immerse ourselves into the characters’ lives. While the pages turn themselves, there is something that bothered me about the characters.
While both the main characters are well-developed and engaging, they lost their thrill for me halfway through. I felt both of their pain when they lost what was dear to them, but as each showed the same stubborn streak that refused to allow either to learn from or accept blame for their mistakes, I started to lose interest, especially toward the end when Ayida was rewarded for making bad decisions and costing lives. The good thing is they weren’t enough to detract from the overall story.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and am interested in seeing how it grows as the trilogy continues.