In the Books featuring Desolation (The Keystone Bone Trilogy Book One) by Jesper Schmidt

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.

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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.

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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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