Monday, October 10, 2011

Book Review - Beholders: Insight

Today I have the honor of reviewing good friend and critique partner's book, Beholders: Insight.

The blurb on Goodreads:

Rumors are surging through Appernysia that a Beholder has been born, the first wielder of True Sight in over a millennium.

Seventeen-year-old Lon Marcs discovers he has been blessed—or cursed—with this gift. He cannot control the power of True Sight and feels it killing him with each passing day. After months of desperate attempts to survive, Lon’s situation becomes more hopeless. He realizes that the only people who might possess the knowledge to save his life are the sworn enemies of his king. To obtain their help, Lon would have to leave behind his family and beloved Kaylen.

Although this is the hardest decision Lon has ever made, it is only the first of many that will test his strength and challenge his interpretation of right and wrong.

What I Liked:

Terron has effectively created a new world and new way of looking at magic. True Sight is something that has never done before in any book that I've read, and I've read a few, so that's saying something!

What I didn't like:

The beginning is strong, but the middle lags. I wish that Terron had cut a large portion of the 1st part of the book and extended the 2nd part. I would have liked to have known even more about the Rayders and their society, and I would have liked to have seen that through the MC's, eyes instead of being told about it from other characters in the book.


The story itself is a good idea, and holds the potential for greatness. I was invested enough in the characters that the last line of the book made me throw it down in frustration wanting to read more. I see that as good sign since the book will be a series. My only complaint is that the writing could stand to be tightened up. Though it's grammatically correct for the most part Terron often slips into telling mode which leave the reader bored, but he makes up for it with compelling characters and an interesting world.

I give the book 4 out of 5 stars and I'm glad I'm in his critique group becasue I can't wait to see what happens next!

On a related note, Terron is holding a giveaway on his blog. If you buy his book for just $2.99 you could win a Nook! Pretty exciting, huh? So what are you waiting for?


Nisa said...

It definitely sounds like a good book and I don't mind a little telling because I'm a master skimmer. ():)

Great review!

Kerri Cuev said...

It sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.

Abby Fowers said...

Sounds like a cool book. I'm glad you shared this review. I will have to go check out his website. :)

cherie said...

It has an interesting premise.

Great review, Jen!

MG Higgins said...

I like your balanced review!

Jessie Humphries said...

What is that scar on his brow? So cool. And True Sight reminds me of True Blood, which I love. Gotta check it one time.

Joanne said...

Thanks for the review. It seems really important for a book in a series to end on that suspenseful note, leaving the reader wanting to know more ...

Mark Noce said...

Candid and thoughtful review of this book, thanks for the info:)

Caitlin said...

Sounds interesting! Great review, I might pick this one up.

A.M.Supinger said...

Thanks for posting this review :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

So cool when one of your critique group publishes! It sounds like a really intriguing book.