3 out of 4 stars
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King of Time is an exciting and adventurous fantasy novel written by Sky Sommers.
It is New Year’s Eve in New York but instead of enjoying the fireworks like every other New Yorker, Lila is sitting in front of her laptop suffering from a severe case of writer’s block. As if mocking her from the screen is the title of the book she promised to submit to her publisher before the year is out. Frustrated and desperate, Lila wishes for more time to write her book and is rewarded with the sudden appearance of a handsome and super hot guy who introduces himself as Time.
Naturally skeptical and understandably suspicious, Lila has a hard time accepting what the stranger, who prefers to be called Adam, offers, which is to help her track down her imagination who has been lost since Lila’s best friend Harry died a year ago. However, Lila is pressed for time and has no other choice but to trust Adam and hunt down her long-lost imagination.
She is magically transported to the Enchanted Dimension where she is reunited with a magic frog she had met before she changed everything about herself as a result of Harry’s death. Then, she is off to the Magic Kingdom where she meets a Harpy, a talking stallion, a snotty stable boy, and a damsel in distress among others.
Meanwhile, Adam is starting to develop humanlike characteristics which may turn into an unexpected predicament.
Told in the third-person perspective, this is an interesting, exciting, and magical book about finding oneself. The author successfully depicts how someone can lose himself/herself and lose sight of his/her goal because of the inability to get over a tragedy. Lila’s losing Imogen (how her imagination likes to be called) symbolizes the loss of someone’s creativity as he/she succumbs to despair and regret. Moreover, the book portrays how clinging to someone or something can lead to sluggishness, passivity, and ultimately, total stagnation.
The book begins with a fast pacing and proceeds a little bit slower after the initial chapters, though not to the point of dragging. The author does a great job with describing the medieval setting of the Magic Kingdom. It works very well with the informal and conversational tone in giving the book an upbeat mood. The plot is a combination of familiar and unpredictable. In addition to a set of intriguing characters, the author presents endings for both the optimistic and pessimistic readers.
Overall, this is one enjoyable book. However, I would appreciate additional backstories on the characters to make them more relatable. Moreover, I find the backstory on Harry kind of ambiguous to justify the intensity of pain and despair that Lila went through. Finally, there are several noticeable errors within the entire book (like a whole heard instead of a whole herd and plaid out instead of played out).
I, therefore, rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is interesting, exciting, and romantic. I recommend it to fans of romance and fantasy novels.
King of Time
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