Kae must paint thoughts in others' minds while keeping them far from his. But on Allsterra, a magical planet of elves and humans, being a one-of-a-kind mixed blood makes painting, friendships, and first love easier said than done. When a murder breaks out at Two Branch Academy, Kae finds himself embroiled in a far-reaching conspiracy threatening both his school and his life. With only a gleeful smiley face claiming credit for the blood spattered through the halls of Two Branch, headache and heartache push Kae's body and mind to the brink.
About the Author
Bertel King, Jr. has written for publications such as his alma mater's campus newspaper The Flat Hat and the national magazine Student Paths. These days you can find his work on Android Police and MakeUseOf.
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Painting Thoughts based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Painting Thoughts is a book well worth the read. The main character, Kae, is developed quite nicely. Because the plot centers around Kae the reader is able to see not only what Kae is thinking, but some of the events and circumstances that make him react the way he does. Overall, this understanding allows the reader to truly engage with Kae and feel a sense of attachment. A strong supporting cast give color and texture to Kae's world while bringing knowledge and skills of their own. King also manages to create a very clearly defined and cleverly invented world, Allsterra, for his characters to inhabit. The various and interesting inhabitants of the world, whether they be human, elven, or a strange and wonderful animal are described in detail. King also takes time to explain not only what makes the various inhabitants different, but also what should hold them all together. In addition, the politics of this world, both identity politics and literal politics, become very vivid to the reader as the novel progresses and the characters work with and against these ideas. Overall, the greatest strength of this book is the engaging style of the author. It is possible to quickly become attached to the characters and be drawn into the world of Allsterra because the author's style is conducive to full reader engagement. The imagery is vivid and the plot moves, but neither of those happen at the expense of the integrity of the prose.