The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls

The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls

by Scot Alan Masker

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ISBN-13: 9781536982657
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/30/2016
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
MaxG456 More than 1 year ago
"The Blackwood Saga” by Scot Masker was so much fun to read, with one of the most interesting and enjoyable ensemble of characters/creatures I have encountered. From villains to love interest, friend to foe and the relationships with the characters and the creative world-building Masker creates is downright phenomenal and truly more profound and with much more substance and introspective take on humanity and our place in it all… not just some mindless cliché alien space war book, but deeper, touching but also fun. An enjoyable experience, one that actually teaches us something about life and the human condition and shows us the ‘bigger picture’. An unexpected treat, and I look forward to more from Scot Masker soon. Recommended for fans of sci-fi/fantasy. Mature readers only.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "The Blackwood Saga” had such great FLOW from beginning to end. Never a dull moment, and every scene smoothly transitioned to the next, making it really hard to ever put down, as I was always totally engrossed in this story. And wow, what a creative and original plot! I’m so impressed with this author Scot Masker, and I love how he brings so many cool elements together in an awesome mesh of complex emotional and intellectual drama, action, mind bending settings and characters, and a great cohesive storyline tying it all together which is no easy feat, especially with a novel on this scale and magnitude. If you are looking for something that will take you away to another time and place and make you FEEL something… love, anger, horror, satisfaction.. this one will not disappoint. Hope to read more from him soon.
SBEACHER More than 1 year ago
I think that Scot Masker just made a scifi/fantasy fan out of me!! Normally I stick to more contemporary thrillers/mysteries, but this was such an incredible book I had a hard time putting it down at night. Admittedly in the beginning I felt completely over my head, and was confused at a lot of things that were going on, with what Sal was explaining… and I was surprised that his story went on for so long. But I found that things smoothed out the more I continued on, and after a slower intro (to really ground us in the world-building) Mr. Masker does an admirable job of ramping up tension and giving the characters some pretty complicated, almost impossible obstacles to overcome. And speaking of world building… it is brilliant, and even a little frightening, but in a good way. I can totally see this being a movie, although it probably wouldn’t be as good as the book anyways. It just felt like such a big story, one that I’ll remember for a long time. Recommend for adults as there is language and some mature scenes. A must read for fans of epic fantasy and intelligent science fiction.
-Cale-Owens- More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of science fiction/ fantasy books, so this is a genre I’m familiar with. I’d never read anything from Scot Masker before, but the premise seemed intriguing and I’m always on the lookout for fresh new talent, so I was curious to see how he would deliver in this one “The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls”. Mr. Masker is unarguably a very creative writer, but more than that he genuinely impressed me with his thorough world-building and interesting characters and inventiveness on many levels. All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books (especially in Science Fiction), and although I appreciate literary influences (as is felt here as well), when something this original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace from the norm! Some of the writing was downright lyrical in the simple elegance of the prose (and I really liked the poem at the end), and other times I was nearly breathless from the intensity and violent passion. Other times I was chuckling aloud at the witty banter. For such a long book I finished it in less than a week, and went through so many highs and lows, it felt like a rollercoaster. I enjoyed the ending and was actually hoping that this might be the beginning of a series as it does seem like the door is open for more in the future. But I can’t tell is this is a standalone novel or not. I recommend it for adults only as it has some quite adult language and scenes, but they work well with the storyline and do not feel gratuitous.
JTHACK More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars "The Blackwood Saga” was an interesting experience for me. On one hand the premise is very unique, well thought-out and executed, and the writing was excellent. But I felt that at times the dialogue with the characters felt sort of unnecessary, and there were some parts that I thought were slow/confusing/unbelievable. It took me awhile to get into it, but I will say that once I did I was hooked! Even though at times I felt a lack of focus, for the most part having it from different POV’s really gave me the wide scope that I prefer in longer, more involved novels such as this. I also felt that several (but not all) of the secondary characters didn’t add enough value to the overall plot (or their roles could have been consolidated). Lots of names, but no real sense of identity. (But I must say that this book has some of the coolest characters I’ve ever met!!) I think the ending was far better than the beginning, and once I was done I was glad I’d read it. I think this author actually has a ton of potential and I can see a lot of people enjoying this. Recommend for adults.
CJ2277 More than 1 year ago
although I did really enjoy “The Blackwood Sage- A Whirlwind Swirls” for its multifaceted, fantastical storylines and the great creativity, depth and originality of characters, I thought the story jumps around a lot from event to event, place to place, and I sometimes found myself a bit disoriented as to what exactly was happening and why… The plot was very original and interesting, I thought just some parts were perhaps a bit too complex and convoluted for my personal tastes. I tend to get frustrated when reading if there are too many characters involved, but I don’t feel like I really understand them all that well… that happened with me here a few times. But the ones I had figured out I thought were explained really well, and I was curious to see everyone’s fates. The conclusion was satisfying and not forced, and I can say with all honesty that despite a few flaws I had a good time reading this book, and think the author is mad creative!
JesseThomas More than 1 year ago
I almost feel like I just read 5 different books instead of just one – So much happens, it would be impossible to sum up (I don’t do that anyways). And based on just the description, I think I expected something different… I think I expected more of an exciting, high action plot, and while that aspect is definitely there, it takes a side seat to the bigger story which seems to be more literary and with dialogue and narrative than actual action scenes. Because of this, this book felt a bit flat to me as I never felt as connected to the characters as I would have liked. There seemed to be an emotional disconnect that would’ve made us feel more sympathetic towards them. We are always kept at arm’s length, watching the characters go through the steps and sequences of events, or told about things that ‘happen’ but I didn’t really feel the emotional investment that I like to while reading. Doesn’t feel like much of the story is told in ‘real time’ which makes even harder to feel invested. And it needs editing. But there is some great world building and smart characters, terrific action (when it is there), creative storylines and philosophies which I thought was cool. So overall a decent book that will appeal to fans of intelligent science fiction and is most appropriate for adults as there is some sex, language, and violent scenes, as to be expected. But nothing too overboard.
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
although not my normal cup of tea, “The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls” from Scot Masker delivers on the things I like in a book – great writing, vivid, atmospheric scenery that transports me to another time and place, characters I can connect to on some level, and plots that are complex enough to challenge me and make me think, but not so convoluted so that I need to be taking notes as I go along (although I do admit to losing track of some characters from time to time…some just come and go)This is a long novel, one that is driven by character and drama, not just action. Fascinating characters –even if some are hard to like at times. This book is hard to describe…. you just have to experience it for yourself. I loved the ending and was happy to see that this is a standalone novel, not part of a series which is a nice change. (so sick of cliffhanger endings!) But I would like to read more from Scot Masker someday!
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
I praise “The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls” not just for the solid writing and creative and original plot and storyline, but also for the deeply emotional and multi-layered complexity of themes and universal concepts that made it such a rich and rewarding reading experience. Rarely do I get so sucked into books like this where it feels like every page is something that affects me on some level, whether just enjoying the lovely prose, or being mad at characters, or worrying about them, or laughing at something they said… . It was such a brutal, almost mind-bending experience from the beginning all the way through to the end. Feels like so much more than just a standard ‘scifi’ novel, but an insightful examination of the human condition. And just when it looked like things might be all fine, the author had a huge twist in store for us. Ugh. But so, so good. Ready for more from Scot Masker and can’t recommend highly enough to fans of the genre who are looking for something that is different and thinks outside the box. Adults only.
BookPrincessSF More than 1 year ago
"The Blackwood Saga, A whirlwind Swirls” really struck me as unique due to the depth of the characters and the fact that even for a science-fiction the rules seemed to go out the window a few times and really threw me for a loop (no spoilers). The writing is very strong and the plot is compelling and intelligent enough to really keep our interest – which is honestly saying a lot considering I got bored reading most books these days. This one just flows so much smoother and faster and keeps picking up steam as it goes along. I think the second half had much better tension and action that the first as I did think it was pretty slow in the beginning and there was a lot of ‘telling of the plot’ that wasn’t really necessary. While I could picture some scenes clearly and what was happening, I had trouble with some others and felt a lack of grounding. The chapters (or ‘Gammalogs’) vary from speaker to speaker (sometimes staying the same) and were short and fast paced which I appreciated. Like the dynamic with the characters and how it all came together in the end. Some tense moments and kept me hooked! Recommend for fans of the sci/fi, fantasy genre, as well as philosophy and drama.
MegKing More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I think it is fairly safe to say that no one will ever accuse Scott Masker of not having an extremely vivid and wild imagination! This was one of the most “surreal” fantasy books I’ve read in recent memory, and half the time I felt like I was on some sort of erotic literary acid trip (in a good way!) The way the action came together and all the characters it kept me captivated, even though there were times where I worried the story had gone off track. It always managed to get reeled back in, and by the last quarter or so of the novel my fingers were turning the pages like crazy! I had to see what would happen next and even though I was hoping for a bit more of a different ending, the resolution was appropriate (a bit anticlimactic maybe). I’d recommend this book for fans of epic scifi- Fantasy, but it would also appeal to readers who like anything different that makes them think outside the box for a bit and with beautiful writing and a interesting experience with strong, highly intelligent leads.
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
Nicely-crafted and passionately written, “The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls” by author Scot Alan Masker is the first book I’ve read by this author but he is certainly an author I will be keeping an eye on in the future. This world he creates here is impressively conceived, and I was pleased with the level of character development throughout. The plots are complex and intelligent, yet quirky enough to keep you hooked. There are several big reveals that continue to shift the dynamic of the storyline in unexpected ways, something that even a jaded reader like myself can fully appreciate and still be shocked by. This is great because nothing I hate more than predictable clichés. I enjoyed the story, but think there could be some improvements to the formatting and the editing. But it did provide interesting entertainment value and I liked much of the ‘backstory’ for the story of Earth and its role in the universe and how it all relates with people, religion, other alien civilizations… all very fascinating and these characters (esp. Sal, Thompson, Phoebe and Cassey) were all really good. Looking forward to more great stories from Scot Masker and will be recommending to my friends to enjoy a thought provoking scifi.
JeanOJO More than 1 year ago
Scot Masker is most definitely one of those authors I’ve had the absolute privilege of discovering lately. I do read a lot of books by lesser known authors (I like to give them a chance and maybe discover a new favorite). But inevitably I’m left disappointed more often than not. But even if Mr. Masker’s novel “The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls” isn’t perfect, it absolutely delivers an entertaining ride with complex ideas and you become emotionally invested whether you want to or not. This one was impactful and about as different as it could be from anything else I’ve ever read. I literally cannot think of another type of book to compare it to! It definitely needs better editing, but the literary skills were all there, the imaginative world that stretches the bounds of imagination, the descriptive scenery, witty dialogue, the heart-pounding moments, the shocking twists and sweet moments… I enjoyed it all the way through and thought it was a great dark fantasy/science fiction that I’d recommend.
MarcellaGonz More than 1 year ago
woah, what a ride! This was a totally unexpected for me, to be honest from the description summary I was a little confused just what to expect, but I was intrigued by the quality of the writing sample and wanted a change of pace from what I’ve been reading lately so I decided to dive right in. Well I was stunned not only at the level of imaginative world building and strong and creative characters, but also the sheer amount of twists and turns that were in store for me …I usually lose interest in books like this (I have a short attention span unfortunately) But I think that “The Blackwood Saga: A Whirlwind Swirls” by Scot Masker is one of the more well thought out and entertaining books I’ve read in a while. I loved how he writes very descriptively and with great energy and detailing. I kept wondering how it would all wrap up, and if it would work out… and (no spoilers) while I was happy with some things, I was disappointed with others. But that’s what made it so good I guess. Note, this has some “adult’ scenes. Not gratuitous at all, but definitely intense. Just a fair warning.
DarleneCupp More than 1 year ago
I like how simply and effortlessly Scot Masker can tell this intoxicating, multi-layered story with well-developed world building and still manage to make a science fiction/fantasy novel feel so fresh! A less talented author would probably over-write or over-dramatize to the point of being totally unbelievable. But even with the fantastical storyline we are all in, hooked on every scene, as the world building always follows its rules which is so important in books like this. At first it took me some time to acclimate and get the feel of the characters and their backstory… was confused on a few things, but stuck with it and it all became clear. A fun read all through to the end, even though some parts are heart wrenching and you will definitely be upset more than once. Really loved the whole cultures (even alien) that Masker created, the perspectives on life, history, humanity, Earth’s role in space… so much covered it’s so hard to even address in such a short review. But one thing I know, I would definitely like to read more from Scot Masker!!
RepoManJM More than 1 year ago
fast-paced, well written and extremely creative, “The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls” by Scot Masker is an absolute must-read for fans of alternative dystopian, science fiction, light fantasy, creative alien/earth mythology, drama, etc. This novel holds its own with the top-notch writing and plot structure (needs editing, though), and an exciting, varied cast of ‘colorful’ characters and plenty of intrigue and thrills to go around. There were some times where I felt it could have benefited from some trimming down, there were frequent places where there was needless information, word repetition, or chit chat. However, I feel Scot Masker did a great job of bringing in a unique voice and making the story wholly his own, and giving it a fresh feel. I certainly didn’t feel like I’ve read this million times before. In fact, I can’t think of anything I’ve read like it before. This isn’t what you would consider a “high stakes, action-packed’ thriller because how it is set up much of the story is being told to us (by Sal Ravenna) so we do have a certain sense of detachment, but certainly an engrossing story with a likable and relatable characters, and a fun cast of to take you along for this interesting ride. Recommend for ages 18+
JGoldmanJG More than 1 year ago
As I read this book by Scot Masker I found myself completely taken away from my ‘real life’ and transported to another world, completely forgetting where I was (for better or worse). An epic-feeling science fiction novel with more tangents and sub plots than many others I’ve read, with a large cast of characters each of whom have their own stories to tell and conflicts to overcome. Gritty, honest, deep, intense, disturbing, shocking, uplifting and empowering… Way too much to delve into here, but this is a book I won’t soon forget, and if you are looking for a unique take on action/fantasy with a darkly psychological and intellectual literary vibe, look no further. The only weak spot for me was the editing and formatting. Ages 18+ only
LeoG2 More than 1 year ago
this book has it all. Aliens, hot romance, complex drama, intellect and sweeping, vivid fantasy world with lots of ‘wtf’ moments. Profound and emotional and exciting all rolled into one. Great story line and incredible detail throughout. One thing I noticed that was different about this book as opposed to others in the genre I’ve read, was that in this one it didn’t feel ‘safe’…. I never had the feeling that everything was going to be just fine, and it certainly wasn’t. It was this constant subtle tension that was believable—not contrived—that really sold it to me. To be honest, I’m not sure what to make of the ending… seemed a bit anticlimactic after all that had happened. Not terrible, just felt flat…but I like the poem. Really needs some editing and visually the formatting was off in several places. But the whole experience overall was definitely one worth having. Best suited for mature readers probably.
Coreeez More than 1 year ago
I just finished “The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls” by Scot Masker. Great book. I was impressed not only with the author’s narrative skills, but combined with a vivid imagination, a profound wisdom of good, evil, and human nature, fantasy and intellect… and you have a truly unforgettable book that surpassed even my loftiest expectations. While I found it at times to be erratic in terms of pacing and overall tightness of prose, I never felt myself wandering away from the story, but was invested all the way through, which is pretty amazing considering the length. The plot development was fantastic and detailed, and I appreciate the well-roundedness of the players – no one felt flatly “good” or “bad” (even when they are supposed to be), and we see their strengths and weaknesses and even their motivations throughout. I think this book should definitely come with a warning for mature readers only. A compelling read, one I wholeheartedly recommend for fans of epic science fiction that is unlike anything you’ve ever read before.
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
"The Blackwood Saga” by Scot Masker was an enchanting and powerful read that is at times dark and bleak--even horrifying-- but strangely uplifting and inspiring other times. It will appeal to lovers of literary drama and science fiction alike. It is highly inventive and imaginative, with clear, crisp writing and an engaging tone. All the characters stand out in their own ways—some are fully-realized, while some are simply stock characters. While there are some issues in terms of execution---many instances of slow “telling” of minutiae that did nothing to progress the storyline and dragged the pacing to a near halt and hurt the tension--- Masker tells his own story in a fresh way that makes the whole journey unpredictable and interesting… and downright shocking at times. Warning, it is not a quick or easy read by any means, and there is a lot of substance and philosophical mechanism at play here. So be prepared to spend some time and plan to open your mind, nor is it for the prudish, easily offended or younger readers. But in my mind it was highly worth it and I almost wished it were longer!
JhonniP More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I personally think that “The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls” by Scot Masker is one of those rare books that will appeal to scifi and non-sci-fi fans alike (like how everyone loves “Star Wars” even if you aren’t a science fiction geek). It just tells a darn good story and comes at you from so many different angles you don’t even know what hits you…. Masker demonstrates considerable talent for penning a fabulous tale that almost anyone who reads it will connect to. It has a good message, danger, action, intrigue, and amazing characters and such great energy! I chuckled at several points, and almost cried at others. I think the author is highly creative and has beautiful, passionate narration skills and can deliver the emotional payoff when it really matters. So even if you aren’t a die-hard scifi fan, give it a try – you won’t be disappointed.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I thought “The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls” by Scot Masker was simply marvelous and had many of my favorite themes and elements of my favorite types of science fiction novels, plus some complex, highly intelligent and creative angles I haven’t read before! However I did feel that at times the pace slowed down a lot, and I found myself skipping ahead at some places, but there was so much going on, I was never bored, just anxious to move faster to where more action was happening (if that makes any sense). But there was a nice balance with narrative and dialogue, and I was happy with how the characters were the ones to pull the story forward… Occasionally I didn’t like the feeling of how the story was being “told” to me (instead of ‘showing’ it, but for the most I was a part of this world the whole time and experiencing it in real time through the various characters’ eyes, for better or worse. I felt a real connection to this amazing, tragic, treacherous world the author created and to the unforgettable characters, and aside from the occasional slow pace and eye-popping moments, I thought it was a wonderful read that I will remember for some time.
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
for me, author voice is almost everything, and it will make or break a novel and my enjoyment of it. I need to hear originality and know that the author is not trying to sound or write like someone else, but is telling HIS story in a whole new way, whatever that story may be. I feel like I can smell a fake a mile away, and believe me I’ve read my fair share of books from authors who are ‘trying’ to emulate better, more accomplished authors in their genre. What impressed me the most here was that I thought that Mr. Masker’s writing style has the confidence and delightful quirkiness of a much more seasoned pro… I was a little surprised to see that this appears to be his first (and so far only) book. The interweaving plotlines had that elusive ‘flavor’ that only comes when they are fully realized and fleshed out, something that is not easily done, especially in a novel of this depth and magnitude of complex issues. A great read, and will be looking for the next one from him. Recommend for adults.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
I don’t really know how to best describe or sum up “The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls” by Scot Masker because I have a lot of conflicting impressions about it. Some parts I thought were simply amazing and perfectly executed, beautifully written and profoundly emotional and insightful—surprisingly so. But sometimes I felt that the story seemed to lose focus and wandered all over the place. There was a dark element that was powerful, and spoke to me on a deeper level than just a run-of-the-mill ‘alien invasion’ book. There were great characters who added to the plot and tension, but also some who just seemed to take up space and I didn’t feel enough of a connection. In the beginning it took me a long time to feel grounded in the story and get a feel for what was going on, but I do commend Masker for the way he gradually did the world building, as opposed to dumping it all on us at once. The story myth was original and had its own identity in a field of copycats. When I was done, I will say that I enjoyed the experience and I would read more books by him if there are some.
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
the pace of “The Blackwood Saga, A Whirlwind Swirls” is like a slow burn that gets hotter and hotter, then simmers, and then explodes. The story was pretty easy to follow though; just for me there were a few parts that I thought needed a bit more explaining. But I am a real fan of Scot Alan Masker’s writing style –sometimes epic novels of this level of complexity really intimidate me, but it was so easy to follow along, and even though there was a lot of action and drama constantly happening, and so many characters involved in the scenes, I never once felt lost or confused. Instead I felt swept away as the metaphorical pot boiled over again and again. I loved how easily I was able to escape into a fantastical world for a while, and it is so intelligently written so as to keep my full attention until the (amazing) end. I am giving this one 5 stars because I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t like, and I’d definitely keep reading more if there ever was some. Recommend for adults who like intelligent, profound stories with creative characters and an impactful, profound view.. Some language and adult situations.