The premise of the book reminded me a lot about the TV show Stranger Things – a group of children fighting an otherworldly power on their turf. The protagonist, Clint Holden, seems to hold the key (rather The Requiem) to save both worlds from ultimate destruction. As one might expect, there are portals to travel between the two worlds, and both the good (The Salvation Alliance) and bad guys (The Fury) come to Earth looking for the said key.
The author has put in a lot of effort to make the book appeal to the target audience. Some characters are funny, while others try to talk in a childlike manner using gibberish English. This could be termed as a smart choice, with the only exception to the numerous unintentional typos this introduced throughout the text. They are tough to catch most of the times, but they are there, and that bothers me.
I liked the cold way in which the character of the Spell Binder has been written. O’Neil has a great sense of humour. The various action sequences with magic spells and other supernatural elements (like ogres, orcs, and trolls) have been vividly described, and I was hooked to them.
Even though Goodreads lists the title as a standalone book, it is the first part of a series. The end makes that pretty clear, and this is the only spoiler you are going to get from me. I will be reading the next part, whenever it releases. It is the kind of book that grows on you as a reader – the more you read, the more you tilt towards liking it.
Cover image courtesy of Olympia Publishers.