Fyrelocke: Jack Boomershine and the Prophecy Untold by R. Christopher Kobb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In a cave, deep within the cliffs of Brighton, lies a curious stone. No ordinary rock, the Fyrelocke has a dark and intricate past.
Twelve-year-old inventor Jack Boomershine believes it a practical joke when a mysterious text message directs him to it. But finding this powerful stone sets in motion an entangled clockwork of events that draws him ever deeper into an adventure in which his inventions are useless.
As things spin out of control, Jack must find his way through a hidden world of magic with vehicles that fly themselves, a telepathic creature—and an ancient evil with an unfathomable plan, determined to ensnare Jack in it.
I started Fyrelocke: Jack Boomershine and the Prophecy Untold by R. Christopher Kobb thinking, "ok, it's just going to be another rewrite of the Harry Potter books" and wound up being pleasantly surprised. While there are shadows of previous Young Adult fantasy books (and a somewhat Star Wars-type reference thrown in too), thankfully none of them are outrightly based on a single story on its own. After all, even Tolkien and Lewis wove their tales on even older stories so that could be considered normal.
Like all Young Adult fantasy fiction, it takes a group of kids going through fantastic and harrowing trials to save an entire community of people by outwitting an invincible villain. But, Jack and Chase are very well developed characters with quite a few surprises up their sleeves. I only wish Vidalia was given a little more development in the story, considering that she turned out quite important in the end.
Ignatius and Trygg are two characters I never saw coming that are nicely woven into the tale. I'm still wondering how they are connected to Jack. It was not explained in this book so I am guessing there is a sequel due pretty soon.
Thankfully the adults aren't the bumbling, inept blobs that are normally featured. Here, they are true characters that add interest. Puffin's quirks make her a lot of fun, although the rhyming does drive you crazy (which it's supposed to do)! Pesky is a mad, intellectual, caring father, which is a good mix-up if you ask me.
But, the Wargothe could have been just a little bit scarier. As written, I could picture him as a villain out of Scooby Doo falling apart at every step. Powerful, yet comic relief all at once. Gina Cankrot seemed to be more evil at times.
All in all, this was a fun read. Very well written, superb imagery, and a story that keeps you guessing till the end gets this novel 4 out of 5 stars!
Review based on ARC sent by Netgalley.
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