"Fascinating Read" The Incarnations of Joe: The Key by @TLWeatherall #review #fantasy

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The Key

The Incarnations of Joe, Book 1

Written by Timothy Weatherall

Genre(s): Fantasy

Death has come to the woods surrounding an isolated northern mining town. It is the night of Christmas 1960, and what Joe Magister is about to encounter on the road will leave him forever changed and bring him face to face with his true heritage. What he will come to learn is that no truth is as simple as what is taught in church. Angels and demons; Heaven and Hell; good versus evil—none of it is as it seems. And when a marriage of old souls is put asunder there are consequences that must be paid.

RebeccaHillary's Review

Forget everything you know about good and evil!

The Key is an fascinating read; the premise of good/evil being based on perspective is introduced very early, and is replayed throughout with a lot of to-and-fro for both the protagonist and the reader. The characters and the story are well developed, and the reader is left expecting (and no doubt wanting) more once the novel is over. There is a beautiful flow to the story, with fast-paced action giving way to contemplation and calm in such a way that it evokes the passage of life in a mining town in the frozen North.

One major issue I have is the writing itself. There are a lot of grammatical errors, in particular the use of "your" in place of "you're" and other such misplaced homonyms (papers/paper's, Wills/Will's etc). Also, there are a lot of sentences missing commas. This may not be an issue for some readers, but I find that it reads rather disjointedly.

Overlooking the stylistic issues, it is a well thought out and gripping read. Perhaps not one for devout Christians, however, and I am inclined to question its classification as Young Adult fiction due to the often extremely graphic descriptions of violence.

Disclaimer: Book provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.