Friday, January 4, 2013

The Seven by Derek Edginton review

Caleb Holden is a facetious, caustic seventeen-year-old teen who doesn't have enough sense to stay down for the count. His story is not of a poster boy for success, but rather of a troubled teen who was forced to grow up fast, lest he fall into oblivion and obscurity. When the amulet he wears around his neck begins to talk, as well as give him lip, his life is thrown for a loop. This sets in motion a series of events that will eventually lead him to his destiny, or a gruesome death. Given the power to alter the darkness that plagues the world, he jumps at the opportunity with little hesitation. As with all his pursuits, Caleb doesn't give up or in until he sees a challenge through to its conclusion.

3.5 stars

The Seven follows the life of Caleb Holden, a young man who has spent the last several years living on the streets.  When Caleb was 12 years old men broke into his parents house and he followed the established family plan and grabbed some money and ran.  He has kept hope alive for 5 years believing that his parents are out somewhere looking for him.

When Caleb gets put into a pretty nice orphanage after getting picked up off the street he decides to stick around for a while.  He meets some people that actually have a chance at becoming friends for him.  Living on the street for so long has given him some pretty major trust issues so that would be a first.  As Caleb is enrolled in the local highschool he starts to learn that everything is not as it seems and trolls and goblins really do exist.  Jas is another kid in school who Caleb forms a bond with and sort of walks him through all of the new discoveries he is making.

The negatives to the story are the dialogue being a bit advanced for most highschool kids and especially one who has spent a good portion of his life on the street.  The other big issue I found was how much time Caleb spent inside his own head.  I don't mean the training exercises he was being taught to do, but he has a very analytical mind and the reader is shown a bit too much of his though processes.  There were times when I thought this slowed the book down a bit.

The good aspects were many and made the book a worthwhile read despite my earlier criticisms.  The powers that were revealed in the book were well done with the specializations and the applications of them.  The Were clans were also an excellent addition to the supernatural cast and they were used in a way that is a bit atypical for shapeshifters.  This is a good read from a young other who shows an amazing amount of promise.

For more info check out the book on Amazon or go to the author's website.

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