Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book Review - Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One by Jeff Gunhus

Jack Templar, Monster Hunter (The Templar Chronicles, #1)Fun read with great characters and battle scenes

Fun read with great characters and battle scenes
First, the downside - has enough time past that using the 'boy who doesn't know his true identity' routine has gone from exploiting a cheap meme to employing an archetype? Um . . . just about. Pretty much. I'm finding I can't fault it as much as I want to. Geez I'm old. More time has past between the publication of Harry Potter and a 10 year old reading this book than between when the Beatles released Sgt Pepper and I first listened to it at 10. But I digress.
Upsides. It's written in first person which made it really cool even for an old person to read, and I believe makes it much more readable for a young person. The battles and monsters are many, don't know if I agree with some reviews that said there were too many. They are written well, and battle scenes are hard to write, especially in first person. The writer has to keep track of POV of the character, explain the action going on within a 360 degree circle, and keep the readers suspension of disbelief by pacing it so the first person narrative doesn't drag on - the kid is in the action too after all. Bravo!
Eva is a great character who jumps in to train Jack with a no-nonsense approach, and she has her soft side too. Jack and Eva make a great pair of warriors fighting the monsters and the evil Ren Lucre. The book is way above most fantasy books aimed at young people, well worth the asking price, and definitely worth the price and space on the shelf for a paperback version.

LINK: Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One by Jeff Gunhus

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