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Posted August 31, 2012
Posted August 25, 2012
I picked this up on the reccomendation of a friend, and while I was skeptical at first because I've never been one for sci-fi or conspiracy based books but I was completely blown away by the storytelling.
As you follow "Keith" on his quest for answers about himself, you become completely submerged within his world and the people that make his life. Literally.
Apart from some minor editing misses, I found the overall story compelling enough to overlook those flaws such as switches in tenses.
I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends and anyone else who I think will enjoy this genre, or who are looking for something new and exciting. I can't wait for the next one!
Posted August 5, 2012
I'm an avid reader; although I'm not generally a sci-fi fan I do enjoy a good conspiracy theory story. So once I started this book, I immediately got caught up in the story and the main character. Even though he might be different than everyone else, I could relate to him as a person. The scenes were well thought out without having too many details that would distract me from the story. There's lots of action with a few twists and turns to keep things interesting. Just enough to give the story some "meat" but not bombarding me with too much going on.
If your looking for a quick read that is interesting, fast paced, with a relatable main character than I recommend this book. Whether you're a sci-fi fan or not, this book will not disappoint.
Posted August 2, 2012
I started this last night and am almost through it. It is an incredibly great, can't-put-down-the-nook read.
The characters are well fleshed out and the action is nearly non-stop but never forced or out of place. Each scene change is carefully crafted, and I love that my imagination can run wild while building each scene in detail from characters to place.
I'm a quick reader and generally hate to start an unfinished series, but this is fantastic and has left me wanting more and clamoring for the second installment. Branli Caidryn has a fan for life. I highly recommend this as a read to anyone, even those who aren't normally into Sci-Fi, it will draw you in and not let go.
Posted August 1, 2012
It took me two days to finish Phoenix Splinter, Branli Caidryn's debut science fiction novel: it is a fast-paced read. I had difficulty putting my kindle down as I wanted to know what happened next, even though I had read a previous version and I knew how things would end. Keith Groenewald is a young, inexperienced man working for a secret society. He knows little about the workings of Veluz. Keith matures through the book and takes on more responsibilities as he comes to make decisions about his future—something he hasn't had to do before. Branli Caidryn's prose is quick, to the point, and easy to understand. Phoenix Splinter has a few minor hiccups in some places, but in no way detracts from the powerful story and interesting, intertwined characters.
A brief summary of the action: Phoenix Splinter follows a young man with more than telekinetic powers as he comes to terms with his place in the real world and within Veluz, a secret society known to few. Keith Groenewald, as he is now known to protect his true identity as John Grant, struggles to maintain a normal life. He attends Centaur College where he has made some friends and feels like he can be just another normal nineteen year old. But that changes as he is asked to train and perform on more and more serious missions out of the protection details he has normal been assigned to. Each mission brings more questions about his past—and he wants answers.
I like that Keith is insecure in his powers, and that he can fail. He is broken, harmed, and shot at. He faces teenaged drama of a mother falling apart and he watches his family drift away, powerless to hold the once-knit group together. He has real emotions: he is jealous of losing his title at school as the best swimmer when a group of Ivy League students shows up to help add prestige to Centaur College.
Though the action revolves around Keith, as a first person narration, as readers we understand there is more at work, more at stake in the world that just what Keith tells us. Veluz has power and its Elders wield that power and demand more of Keith. Each character feels thought out and alive, even when Keith is not paying attention to them: they have their own agendas and function whether or not he is there.
In short, if you like fast-paced novels with plenty of action, heavy elements of science-fiction, secret societies and conspiracies you will simply love the first book in this trilogy.