4 out of 4 stars
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Aluria by Tyler Cook is a batman type novel, except in this case the lead protagonist has supernatural powers. Written in the third person, this novel provides thrills, supernatural entities and artifacts, and a straightforward plot though with an unexpected twist at the end.
A young couple, Tessa and Jason are just starting to get to know one another when there is an attempt to kidnap them, by means of a supernatural wind funnel. The funnel whisks them away to where a hooded man waits for them. Raiz claims he is after ultimate power! In a heroic attempt to save the life of his girlfriend, Jason puts himself between Tessa and Raiz. This act summons to Jason a being from another dimension, Aluria, who helps Jason save his girlfriend.
Realising that he now has great power; Jason decides to go off on his own to learn how to control it as he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. For ten years Jason trains before returning home. His mission is to protect his home city of Canton and to do that he needs resources. As the sole survivor of a family that founded the largest industry in Canton, Jason sets about recovering his company and amassing the wealth he needs to continue with his mission.
Jason’s mission brings him face to face with Tessa again, as she too is trying to improve living conditions in the city. As they try to reconnect after such a long time, Raiz appears again and tries to kidnap Tessa. Jason again saves her with Aluria’s help, but this time Raiz too has some help!
I love the way that Jason and Aluria have melded together to become one. I find it fascinating and the descriptions by Tyler really bring everything to life. I also liked the way that even though Jason had melded with Aluria, they didn’t seem to be unbeatable. In most of the conflicts, they seemed like they were getting their asses kicked, and they survived by the skin of their teeth.
I found several grammar errors throughout the book. This interrupted the flow a bit as I had to work out what the author meant, but even so, I believe that this book deserves a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I think this book would appeal to anyone who loves stories about heroes, especially the Batman type stories. I also think anyone who loves stories about extra-dimensional beings would get a kick out this book.
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