The Spirit Collectors (Thralldoms, Book 1) [Hardcover]
Great book. Original and entertaining as all books by Sharkchild are. Get your copy.
May contain some elements of a spoilersort of.
The Spirit Collectors was a very interesting read. Amory is a youth that wants more out of life. So much so, that he goes against the laws of his island home and visits Tempertime Cemetary before hes learned enough to deal with the magic that resides there. Amory goes on an adventure. Im not saying its a happy adventure, but it is eventful.
This book is well written and has a lot of descriptive prose. Normally I am not into that sort of writing. I find I usually skim over it. But, in all but a very few instances, the author keeps me interested enough in the descriptive writing that I dont skim as normal.
I felt bad for the main character and was appalled by how he is used. But I think that adds to the mystery that you are left with at the end of the book.
Not a long book, its a quick read and very entertaining. Id recommend this book to anyone that enjoys books with a magical element, as well as a subject matter that turns sort of dark. This is good fantasy.
4 of 5 Stars
he Spirit Collectors is an interesting tale once you get into it - and get past the beginning where there is much "fluff" to be had. Descriptions of Amory's favorite flower and what Moons Day is that, at least at this point, seem to be irrelevant pepper the beginning of the novel and can, for some, make for tedious reading, although I'll admit I enjoyed the glimpses into Amory's world and the way it works.
The world spun in The Spirit Collectors is interesting. A world with a giant ocean that literally goes on forever, yet never allows one to connect with any other islands on the planet, though there are more than just the one in which you start, Winder. To get to other isles, you have to use portals, but only those who've been taught are allowed access to these portals. It makes for an interesting background. I have to say, I enjoyed this world, even if it is very odd.
As you read, you learn more about the world in which Amory lives. The only problem I really had with the book was that it ended in a way that left me just hanging. I know this is the first book in a series, but to be honest, I'm used to books leaving off a little less abruptly than this one did. Usually the reader at least has an inkling of the actual intentions of the character or what might be happening. With this book there is none of that, so if you don't like to be left with questions that remain unanswered until the next book comes out, you might want to hold off on reading this one until the second book comes out.
All in all, I do recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an out-of-the-ordinary fantasy novel.
**I received this book free from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
This book was extremely different, and unlike anything I have ever read. The writing was so unique and beautiful, and just couldnt get enough of it! The descriptions stood out to me the most, in that they felt so realistic. Whenever a tense scene was set up, I could literally feel the tension through the words. The world building was very interesting as well. At the beginning the world building was vague, giving the reader a feeling of immersion. Then, as the wold developed, it was absolutely fantastic. It was so diverse to the worlds that I have read from, which was refreshing. The characters in this book where so complex and diverse. It always left me wanting to know more about each character. This books pacing was a little slow and dynamic at the beginning, but it swells to a very well paced climax throughout the books storyline. This book can be confusing at first, but if you go in with full immersion, after about 20 pages you will have a good grip on the storyline. Overall, this book was creepy, interesting, and very well done. If you love creepy, quirky books this book is for you! 5/5 ??????????
The Spirit Collectors is a dark fantasy novel of unique character, presenting a world dissimilar to those of the general fare in the genre, one made even more engaging as the work slowly peels back layers of revelation regarding the elements that comprise it, and the reader is constantly struck with surprising information about that it seemed was already known. In doing so, the author masterfully captures and mirrors the main character's own growth within the reader themself.
The author also has a way with language--in stark contrast to the prosaic, minimalist trend that, in my opinion, has gagged modern fiction for far too long, he writes with a poetic, ornamental style that brings each passage to imaginative, vivid life. It is not usually florid, nor is it obtuse in being ornate, nor forced, as some work is when attempting a more decorated style, but its usage has a substantial quality to it--a skilled pen. Fully recognizing this style is not to everyone's taste, it is handled well and enjoyably for those who prefer the beauty of language be lingered upon with care, rather than a quick patter from one mundanely composed sentence to the next.
The author similarly has a way with naming his characters where other authors may fall short, whose attempts at exotic nomenclature ring hollow to the ear. This is not so here; I find there is an organic quality to the names that is sometimes lacking in others' works.