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Author: M. Amanuensis Sharkchild
Publisher: Armored Books
Publication Date: 08/25/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: What is the worth of your spirit?
In the world of Awya, where life is scattered across isles in a seemingly endless ocean of black liquid, the Isle of Winder is home to uymns whose primary trade is agriculture and flower cultivation. Here, an umyn boy by the name of Amory Demshen becomes obsessed with Tempertime Cemetery—a collection of portals powered by spirits that link the isles of Awya together, and a place forbidden to those without proper training and knowledge.
Amory disobeys the laws and his mother, sacrificing the qualities of youth and the virtues of his upbringing to pursue a selfish adventure connived by a hidden, sinister force. Unnerving truths and perilous consequences await as Amory—equipped with an authoritative jar, a chest of bewitching cards, and a flying stone slab—plunges into the darkness of the spirit collectors.
Will Amory learn the worth of a spirit in time to save his own?
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The Spirit Collectors is an interesting tale once you get into it – and get past the beginning where there is much “fluff” to be had. Descriptions of Amory’s favorite flower and what Moons Day is that, at least at this point, seem to be irrelevant pepper the beginning of the novel and can, for some, make for tedious reading, although I’ll admit I enjoyed the glimpses into Amory’s world and the way it works.
The world spun in The Spirit Collectors is interesting. A world with a giant ocean that literally goes on forever, yet never allows one to connect with any other islands on the planet, though there are more than just the one in which you start, Winder. To get to other isles, you have to use portals, but only those who’ve been taught are allowed access to these portals. It makes for an interesting background. I have to say, I enjoyed this world, even if it is very odd.
As you read, you learn more about the world in which Amory lives. The only problem I really had with the book was that it ended in a way that left me just hanging. I know this is the first book in a series, but to be honest, I’m used to books leaving off a little less abruptly than this one did. Usually the reader at least has an inkling of the actual intentions of the character or what might be happening. With this book there is none of that, so if you don’t like to be left with questions that remain unanswered until the next book comes out, you might want to hold off on reading this one until the second book comes out.
All in all, I do recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an out-of-the-ordinary fantasy novel.
I received a copy of this book free from the author through BoStick Communications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.