Sunday, April 29, 2012

Return of the Ancients: The Valkeryn Chronicles Book 1 by Greig Beck (Book 2012)

I've read a few other books by Greig Beck and have always been satisfied with his excellent character-driven adventure stories. This one took a different path in terms of it being a science fiction/fantasy novel, but rest assured that it still had an engrossing plot, great character development, and was an excellent read that I could just not put down.

The main character is this adolescent kid who gets thrown into the future where humans are extinct and two primary, animal-like races reign supreme. Their societal and technological development has reached the equivalent of the medieval era so we're talking full plate armor, swords, bows, knights, mounted cavalry, etc. The kicker is that the two races seem to have developed from wolves and cats but they are bi-pedal and can talk.

The interesting part of the setting is that it's the future on Earth, not some new dimension or a separate fantasy-based world like Tolkien's Middle-earth. Because of this, there's a lot of history and unknown questions that exist in this post-apocalyptic, future Earth. Luckily, the main character is much like most readers in that he interested in finding out what happened.

When you add a great story and compelling characters into the mix, this 3-part series positions itself to be a great epic. I truly can't wait until the next book comes out.
Rating - High