Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fathomless by Anne M. Pillsworth

by Anne M. Pillsworth

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @AnneMPillsworth

Just released: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, YA
Hardback: 320 pages
Rating: 3 (DNF)

Redemption's Heir series:
book 3 - tba

First sentence(s):
Arkam's Independence Day festivities had drawn thousands of souls to its harbor, including Redemption Orne, who looked for a single should of peculiar quality.

In Anne M. Pillsworth's Fathomless, Sean dips even further into his magical destiny, but will blood prove thicker than the mysteries of Innsmouth's briny depths?

Sean Wyndham has tried to stay away from the lure of magic-the last time he tried to dabble in the dark studies, he inadvertently summoned a blood familiar, wreaking havoc on his town, and calling the attention of the Elder Gods. But now Sean has been offered the chance to study magic with a proper teacher, overseen by Helen Arkwright, a friend of Sean's father and heir to ancient order of much power, who protects New England from that which lurks in the coastline's unseen depths. But will learning theory be enough, when there is a much greater magical secret hidden in Helen's vaulted library?

Accompanied by his best friend, Eddy, and their enigmatic new friend Daniel, Sean wades out deeper into mystical legend and shadow. With hints and secrets buried long in family lore, they turn to the suspicious Reverend Orne once more for assistance. But as Sean deepens his understanding of his power, a darkness is waking...

Zombie sighting:
"Yeah. I got this series idea, too. Apocalypse, but not with zombies. Zombies been run into the ground." -chapter 1, page 12

My two-bits:

Got through 100 pages, and decided not to finish. Ack! I usually try to finish review copies but with the holidays and so many books on my pile, I am going to start to be stricter with myself and not waste reading time. So, I am rating the book based on what was read so far.

Although this story has an ensemble cast of characters, I could not connect with any to keep me reading.

Despite being book 2 in the series, it worked alright as a standalone. I did not feel that I was missing anything. But maybe knowing more of the backstory from book one would have interested me enough to follow at least one of the character story lines.

The pacing was slow at the start.


* review copy courtesy of TOR

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