Now, if you look through my bookshelves and stacks of books, you will see that I am not really the kind of person who reads fantasy a lot. This isn’t because I don’t like the fantasy genre, but mostly because I just have to be in the mood to read it and I’m just not in that mood a lot.
At the beginning of July author Aaron McGowan, who I had been following on instagram announced that he was giving away his book “Elpis” on Amazon for as a free digital download from July 1st- July 5th. I decided why not download it. I am always looking for new books, but also really like getting books by indie authors. Now when I first realized it was a fantasy book, I was a bit hesitant about starting it, but decided I was somewhat in the mood for a fantasy, because I have been reading so much contemporary young adult novels recently. Honestly, I am so glad that I took this jump!
“Elpis” tells the story of a young man (boy) teenager named Terico. Terico goes on a mission of revenge against Delkol, leader of the feared brotherhood and ruler of the Shire Kingdom who is seeking the Elpis Stone so he can have the power of a god. Along the way, Terico ends up meeting companions that help him through his journey and into the final battle.
Reading “Elpis” I couldn’t help but feel like I was reading a “Final Fantasy” “Lord of the Ring” mixture and I really enjoyed that. McGowan wrote the perfect amount of action with the battle scenes, but also story lines in which we get to know the characters better. I think one thing that really made “Elpis” so interesting is that each of the major characters had an internal that they had to deal with at some point throughout the story or through the whole thing. By the end of the story all these internal struggles for the most part have been cleared up, but there are a few that aren’t, but I am hoping that they are cleared up in the sequel “Haders”. Despite not all the internal struggles are cleared up by the end, you do see character development from all the main characters, especially in Terico’s party.
I am giving “Elpis” by Aaron McGowan 5/5 stars. “Elpis” despite being a fantasy novel, was able to grab my attention from the start and kept me engaged through the hole story. If I didn’t have school and work keeping me busy in my life currently, “Elpis” would have been a book I would have read in one sitting. That is how much I enjoyed “Elpis” and enjoyed Aaron McGowan’s writing and I can’t wait to start “Haders” by him sometime in the next couple of months.
Later this week, I am hoping to post up a Q&A with Aaron McGowan, so stay tune for that!
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