Thursday, December 20, 2012

Book Review #250 - The Eyes of the Desert Sand (The Chrysalis Chronicles #1) by Edwin Wolfe

The Eyes of the Desert Sand (Chrysalis Chronicles #1)

How many parents would believe their thirteen year old son who told them that two vampires and a hooded stranger had tried to abduct him? Strange thing is, young Ethan Fox is convinced his parents, George and Betsy do believe him. Could it have something to do with the mysterious poem he wrote in his sleep? Or maybe it has something to do with his past, the past he cannot remember before his eighth birthday. Something strange is afoot, and it is about to turn Ethan’s world upside down.While vacationing with his parents, to get away from the crazy events of the previous two weeks, Ethan encounters a young girl named Haley Hunt who he is strongly drawn to… and the feeling is mutual. Together, Ethan and Haley are lured to The Residence, home of the Caretakers, an organization of intelligent beings sent to earth to nurture the human race and protect them from un-earthly influences.Armed with special abilities, including the power to evolve any earthly creature, the Caretakers take in their unexpected guests. They have been watching young Ethan Fox, and are curious as to why the Grimleavers, their mortal enemy on earth, would want to abduct a young human child. Together, Ethan and Haley journey to magical worlds, make new friends, and help the Caretakers unravel the stories greatest mysteries. Along the way, they learn that the Caretakers have been here since the beginning of human history and have played a key role in shaping human lore. In their world, vampires, werewolves, trolls, and even Medusa herself really do exist but have been kept hidden from the human world around them. Ethan is the key as they ultimately discover the Grimleavers true intentions, to unlock the four portals to the elemental worlds of the Chrysalis.
My Rating: 4/5
I received this book for review from the author. The author's Goodreads page is here.
This book starts off slow but once the world building is over it really accelerates in pace.
I could definitely see the influence that Harry Potter had on the author. This was evident throughout the entire book.
I really liked the friendship between Ethan and Haley. I thought their personalities worked well together.
This book was a great platform to set up the rest of the series. It blends the science fiction and fantasy genres really well.
I would have liked more character development especially Ethan and Haley. There were some interesting secondary characters that stood out, but a few of them did blend together.

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