So when a familiar looking corpse appears in the dead of night, spilling his scotch, Declan is less than amused. Especially because the body is his own. Someone-or something-has sent a calling card from the future.
Daring him to confront his monstrous past.
The last time Declan went to war, Ascension City burned and eight million people lost their lives. The Knights and Renegades should have left him alone...
An original urban fantasy story.
This novel-length book also includes the short story: The Forgetful Library, written by Joe Ducie.
|Publisher:||Cedar Sky Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Joe was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria in November 1987, and currently resides in Perth, Western Australia. He is primarily an author of urban fantasy and science fiction aimed at young adults. His current stories include Distant Star, Upon Crystal Shores, Red vs. Blue, and The Forgetful Library.
Joe attended Edith Cowan University and graduated in 2010 with a Degree of Counterterrorism, Security and Intelligence. He went back, the idiot, and completed post-graduate studies in Security Science in 2011. Joe has also studied Creative and Professional Writing at Curtin University.
When not talking about himself in the third person, Joe enjoys devouring books at an absurdly disgusting rate and sampling fine scotch.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've read some stuff by Joe before, and it is all very well written. That being said, he can tend to get a bit wordy and overly epic when writing so while I was really looking forward to this book I wasn't quite sure what to expect. With that out of the way, let me say that it widely exceeded my expectations. It is easily one of the best books that I have read recently. The world that is created is something that I have never seen done in such a fashion, but it works. It combines some of the best elements from the best in the genre, but makes it into its own. What I mean by this is that while reading you'll get the feel of some other similar works such as Dresden Files, but what is going on will be nothing like what happens during the Dresden Files. The story itself is perhaps a bit too short, but that just makes for a very addicting read that you will not want to set down. There are never any dull moments in the book, and the action parts of the book are amazing. The downside to this is that I would like to see the characters flushed out a bit more. I really hope that Joe plans to write some prequels or short stories showing some of the moments referred to in the book, because I think it would be fascinating to find out a lot of the inside jokes and stories that are mentioned in the book but not explored fully. The way the book is set up does make it interesting to read though, and a lot more exciting then many first books are. While books of this genre usually have a novice who is learning his way in the first book, Declan is already at the top of the game in this book which is a refreshing change of pace that allows for an avoidance of many cliches. It also allows for a more believable plot to be constructed because there is a lot of back story that we the readers don't know. That being said, I would love to learn more about it, and I'm sure that we will as the series progresses. I really have nothing bad to say about this book, except that I want more of it. The plot twists in the end are superb, and the writing is magnificent. Congratulations to Joe, you deserve a nice glass of scotch. Once that is drunk though, you had better get working on the next book!
Imagine a world you could travel to using books. “Book Diving” is the ability to cross between the realms, and the Story Thread is what ties all the universes together. Declan Hale, a hero to some, was exiled to True Earth after what he had done at the Battle of the Tome Wars. In an effort to hide the treasures of Atlantis, Declan and Tal did what they thought best. Unfortunately, others did not, and a great many others perished. When Declan is visited by himself, only to watch himself die in his own arms, he decides he must do something to try to prevent his death, or find out why he was dying. Even though he had been exiled, he decided to travel once more, and his friends were not going to let him go alone. Once he traveled back, he met his enemies once again, Jon Faraday, King Morpheus Renegade and his Queen. All of whom want him dead. But who is responsible for his death, and why? Travel along with Declan and his friends in a unique story traveling between worlds. A great mix of characters with a story line that keeps you turning pages. Very well written, and keeps you wanting more.
First and foremost, I think Joe Ducie has created an incredible world. It's very inventive. I was grasped from the get-go and couldn't put this down until I reached the conclusion. Declan is an enjoyable character, for all that the world seems to hate him. In his past he made some hard choices to end a brutal war, but he ends up an exiled criminal for his troubles. Other characters take a backseat. For the most part they are interesting or surprising in some way. The book is very fast paced, and sometimes I feel like really cool things or people are just glossed over. Because this is the first book in a series, I'm willing to let that slide in the hopes that later books will do more fleshing out. Events that happened prior to this story, such as the Tome Wars, really interest me but were largely glossed over as well. The plot was filled with twists and turns. Heck, characters that are mentioned in passing become relevant in unexpected ways. I'll not say anything more, because I can't figure out how to convey what I mean without spoiling things. Ducie's writing should also be complemented; he manages to write beautifully without sounding too wordy or over-wrung. There are odd fluctuations in text size from time to time. Paragraphs will appear in a smaller font size than others. I'm not sure if this is just a display problem with Kindle Fire. So, in summation I really enjoyed this. I'm actually kind of surprised I haven't heard of Ducie before, his works seem to be right up my alley.
Enjoyment **** Plot *** Interactions *** Characters **** World ***** Originality **** Grammar **** Style *** With Distant Star, Author Joe Ducie has written a book that is a cross between Jasper Fford's Thursday Next series, Cornelia Funke's Inkheart and Roger Zalazny's Nine Princes In Amber series. That's a good pedigree. Mr. Ducie has written an interesting and dense story that requires careful reading. It evokes Zalazny's style more than Fford's or Funke's. In the opening scene, the reader is introduced to Declan Hale's life when the young bookstore owner is challenged to an old western style gunfight, but with books. Hale lives in True Earth and for those with Will stories and words have power and books written with Will can tap into the primal forces of the universe and create entire new worlds. Most of the unfolding story revolves around the War of the Tomes which Declan single-handedly ended five years ago. Apparently no-one is happy with what he did to end it, especially not Declan. Now Declan has been banished to True Earth and spends his time drinking and writing an endless book. He is bitter, tired, and cynical and most of the action in the book consists of reactions by Declan to repercussions from that war. As this fast paced story unfolds, Declan's history is told in bits and pieces. The history that is revealed is intricate and interesting with an epic feel and by the end, the reader can fully sympathize with Declan's dark side. Upon reflection, the history was more interesting than the actual story which is perhaps why Mr. Ducie told it the way he did. Cons The author is too frugal with information. This makes the story hard to read and leaves a lot of questions about what exactly happened. Some of the terminology felt misplaced and used more because it sounds cool than because it makes sense. The worlds created by the books is referred to as 'The Forgotten' which is anything but forgotten. He refers to the worlds created by Willful writers as the 'Infernal Worlds' and the powers used to create them 'Infernal'. That one still has me scratching my head. Even the title Distant Star which sounds cool would seem more at ease on a space opera than this multi-worlds urban fantasy. Some of the interactions and dialog between characters seem designed to be evocative and fraught with innuendo and hidden meaning without ever revealing what the characters intended. Using books as weapons to evoke gunslinger images was a stretch and felt more goofy than interesting. It felt like maybe that was the genesis of the book: 'Hey, wouldn't it be cool if these guys dueled with books?' But, when the story evolved beyond that goofy concept, the author couldn't bring himself to let it go. Pros Interesting story with good pacing. Sympathetic characters Strong engaging writing style. Deep and complex world. There was a great feeling of depth to it. Conclusion If you were to just read the pros and cons you might think I didn't enjoy the book, but that is not the case. I enjoyed the story and have found myself reflecting on it a lot. In my book, that means it was worth reading. After perusing some of the other reviews, the things which I felt were shortcomings obviously didn't have the impact on other reviewers that they did on me. If you enjoyed Zalazny's Nine Princes In Amber series, you will enjoy this. This is book is a fun read and Mr. Ducie is an author to watch.
Distant Star follows the adventures of Declan Hale, an exile from a place where people can travel to other worlds, and he is stuck on earth, a place with no magic. It begins with an assassin trying to kill him and later Declan runs into his own dying self. This sets him off on a mission to prevent his death and figure out who is trying to kill him. From the get go, the reader will find himself immediately engrossed in the story. I love the way it begins and it keeps the pace with its contemporary style. And I found the ending interesting. Even though I kind of saw it coming, it was written in a way that made it seem unique. My only complaint was that there were a couple of places where the story got repetitive and therefore dragged. But that is a minor complaint. For the most part, I was glued to this book. The next book comes out in 2013 and I'm sure I'll be reading it when it does.