2 out of 4 stars
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Explore the ancient Halls of Aaramus and peruse through the numerous books, artifacts, trinkets, and treasures. Navigate the kill zone alongside lethal operatives. A Kingdom Forgotten by Charles W. MacDonald, Jr. Is a fantastic storytelling of a cosmic strife between forces of Good and Bad; Creation and Destruction. The fate of Humanity in the crossfire. It is the first of an epic series revealing this fate called A Throne of Souls. You will be swept away to far off worlds and through distant times in this grand adventure. MacDonald leaves no stone un-turned uncovering secrets that span the Universe.
Follow along carefully as the author weaves an intricate yarn that takes you ages in the past and flings you light years into the future. He has a very original perspective on the End of Days. By using unique sequences of scene breaks and detailed time/location markers throughout; the stage is set for a phenomenal cast of characters. The rather complex story proves enjoyable and not the chore it first appears to be. Do not be put off by the fifty or so chapters. The book has a steady pace and plenty of action to hold you tight. I particularly liked the range and varied personalities of the many players. Each one faces a struggle; internal and external that will change them irrevocably. Each conflict will weigh in the balance of the fight between light and dark. “The End Times is more about good versus evil- the outcome we hope will be the Creator’s vision.”
The beginning chapters introduce most of the main characters and the first dozen present pivotal events leading up to a Creation undone. Follow Damon and his inter-planetary travels in search of Power for a sinister scheme. Discover his home world Kaleion and some very ancient intrigue. Earth is in turmoil and America is enemy occupied Hell. Between his rather haphazard encounters, a band of ragtag heroes race to connect the dots including an eccentric wizard and enigmatic twins with automatic weapons. Also, there is Radin and his sweetheart, the very secretive Elise. The cast grows throughout as each person’s path crosses another and each learns exactly which piece the are in this puzzle.
This is a very entertaining and interesting Armageddon interpretation and it is unique from similar works in that the imperfect human imperfections exist. There is no clear hero or villain, even at the very end of things. And it all must begin again; somehow. Beware ; however, the sheer amount of detail that McDonald tries to manage with emphasis strategies to guide the reader. This book can become confusing is not read carefully, making it easy to loose the main plot. I agree with the author and other reviewers in that this is not a beginner’s book. Nonetheless, the journey is a fulfilling one as the battle rages and one of these powerful persons will be breaking the Seal to bring about the great clash between the Creator and the Dragon.
I give A Kingdom Forgotten two out of four stars. Admittedly, this novel is well written and it is clear that a great deal of work went in to the writing. Editing too, as there are virtually no technical errors or typos other that the intentional stylings of the author for effect. The layers of detail and numerous story lines do make this a difficult read and not entirely a pleasurable one.
A Kingdom Forgotten
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