Today I’m one of the final stops on the blog tour for Divine Invention by Linden Forster…..
Most stories begin with either an unforeseen turn of events or a problem.
Krank has a problem. For centuries, the people of the island have lived on the animals and plants to be found there. It was bliss and so the population grew. It was not until very recently anyone noticed that the quantity of plants and animals had not. The delicate balance of the ecosystem has tipped and food is dwindling.
The King assigned the island’s two resident self-proclaimed geniuses, the Creators, to find a solution. The fruits of their labour ripen into the invention of the world’s first aquatic transportation device and promises to provide passage from the island to search further afield for food and resources.
So, there it is. Problem solved. End of story. Barring any unforeseen turn of events…
I’m quite selective about the fantasy books that I read as it’s not one of my favourite genres so I have to be convinced that it’s for me! Both of Forster’s books sounded good to me so I signed up to the tours!
When I started reading this I wasn’t sure about it. I found it quite confusing as there are a number of different characters to get used to and wondered if it would be another ‘Lord of the Rings for me’ (I’ve never been able to finish them as I find them really hard to read!) BUT this wasn’t the case. After getting through about a quarter of the book, I got into it and understood who was who, and what was going on!
I really enjoyed the story, and especially the characters and the tongue-in-cheek element to the book. The comedy within is subtle, so although it doesn’t cause you to laugh out loud it does bring a bit of cheeky smile to your face!
The beginning of the story focusses on the island of Krank but as it moves on, new places are discovered. One thing I really liked was the map illustrations that are included, and the fact that you can see the world growing as the characters discover it. Some elements are quite descriptive, which I sometimes struggle with, but this had a good balance and helped my imagination, bringing the characters, and world, to life.
I don’t want to go into the story too much, because I want you to be able to go on the journey with the characters like I did! I have to say I LOVE Aereon (not only because he’s the only vegetarian on his island!) – he’s a brilliant character and is described so well – I really felt like I was getting to know him. The King and Queen of Krank are also…..interesting!! As I say, the main characters are great, but the supporting cast are also fab!
Overall, the story is great and really takes you into a different world, but one that you can link with our world too. And the end….. I’m just grateful I’ve got book number 2 sitting on my shelf waiting to be read!! If you’re a fan of fantasy and action, and a bit of subtle comedy too then you definitely need to check this out!
about the author
Linden Forster began writing at the age of seventeen. Divine Invention is his debut novel and it took seven years from the idea conjuring at the back of an English class to reaching the page.
Since then, writing has become his dream and passion. His sequel is finished and awaiting publication, while he types the third in a darkened room.
He is a lover of nature and enjoys walks in the country and often ventures out armed with a notepad and pen.
tour hosted by:
Rachel’s Random Resources. Thanks for the tour invite Rachel! Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers views to see what they thought of Divine Invention too!
And a big thanks to Linden for providing me with a signed copy of this book in return for an honest review. All views are my own and I’m not affiliated with any links in this post.
Have a great day!