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Posted June 5, 2013
Interesting concept and likable characters. The fantasy world is told in a way that is easy to imagine and the story is appropriate for a younger audience.
I found a single editing error but the story is well-written and so very nearly polished that it shouldn't bother most readers.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. I'm interested in seeing how the rest of the series holds up to this book.
Posted May 22, 2013
Book exchanged for an honest review:Professor Adewole, a Jerian who specializes in ancient languages, hopes to ease his heartache from his sister's passing. Being in Eisenstadt is a trying experience for Professor Adewole where he comes from there are no talking birds at all. Professor Adewole closest friend is Professor Karl Deviatka of the engineering department at The University of Eisenstadt. When Hilegard Goldstien lands her autogyro on the legendary isle Inselmond causes an unexpected uproar. Professors Adewole and Deviatka are selected to be apart of the diplomatic mission. Upon reaching Inselmond, the diplomatic party is in for a state of shock. Inselmond is known as Risenton by all appearances is primitive culture with a common phrase~Metal and Magic No More. Professor Adewole is stunned to learn that nobody can read or write any more. He's given access to the only library in Risenton and makes shocking discovery. Can the residents of Risenton survive? What is Professor Adewole's discovery? What does metal and magic mean? Your answers await you in The Machine God.
Unique perspective for this series so far. I particularly enjoyed the whole Metal and Magic No More phrase because it should just how vastly different the two cultures were. I thought that Professor Adewole was very much like the bumbling professor from the movie Flubber just not so absentminded. There just seems to be so many stories that can be created in this series. I will definitely look forward to the next installment in The Drifting Isle Chronicles.