Monday, September 3, 2012

Book Review: Milo Banks and the Tower of Light (Realm of Astros #1) by Richard Denoncourt

Milo Banks and the Tower of Light (Realm of Astros #1)

Author: Richard Denoncourt
Paperback: 466 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent
Publishing Platform (May 16, 2012)
Amazon Link

Note: I received a review copy of this book free from Richard Denoncourt. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.

Ratings: ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

I had high hopes when I started reading this book. Milo Bank's story is engaging the first quarter of the book. It was a quick read, loved his family, mom, pop, and his twin sister Emma. I love to read history, very much. But I was too distracted with the casts of the story. It has too many characters which is hard for me to tell who's who. I know I said before as long as they are connected, it doesn't matter. I guess I was wrong. This is the book I had to take note of the characters (Milo's family, friends, gods and goddesses, demi gods) and what they are (Sargonauts, Acolytes, Savants, Ferals, Pertilents, etc.). But even doing this, I still had to flip back the pages to remember them. Honestly, I can't put them all together in my head. 

Having said the above, what bothers me might not bother other readers at all so you may check out this LINK to read a positive review for the book.

About the book:

Sporting an ensemble cast of young teens who discover they are descended from ancient gods, Milo Banks and the Tower of Light is the first in a brand-new series of fantasy novels inspired by Greek mythology, from author Richard Denoncourt.

Meet Milo and Emma Banks...

In our world, a young boy and his twin sister must learn to use superpowers inherited from their demigod parents, one of whom dies to save them. The other is kidnapped by a powerful Necromancer who needs the twins' lifestreams to raise an army of undead.

In Astros, a parallel realm created by ancient gods...

Humanity has been recreated in the image of gods that mysteriously disappeared thousands of years earlier. Five races exist on Astros, shaped from the clay of Man by these mythical beings:

SARGONAUTS are super strong, bulletproof, able to lift a school bus with their bare hands.

ACOLYTES have wings and can fly and heal any living thing.

SAVANTS are masters of elemental forces, what some might call magicians.

FERALS can transform into any warm-blooded animal after drinking that animal's blood.

Evil has a new name...

Kovax Leonaryx and his cousin Corgos, ruler of two of the largest nations on Astros, have enslaved an entire race.

Using magical towers that drain Feral men, women, and children of their lifestreams, these two men will someday have the power of gods. Their evil will extend into our world...

Unless Milo, Emma, and their friends can stop them before it's too late.

About the author:

Richard Denoncourt studied English literature and philosophy at Colgate University and received an MFA in creative writing from The New School. He has lived in New York City, Spain and Colombia and has published short stories in a half dozen literary journals and magazines. He is also the author of TRAINLAND, a dark, horror-thriller about a father who goes to Hell to save his family, and the short story collection PELTHAM PARK.


Felicity Grace Terry said...

Loving the cover but to be honest your review doesn't inspire me to take a further look let alone read this.

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