Review: The Awakened

The Awakened
The Awakened by Jason Tesar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First off, I enjoyed this book. It is well written and has a very engaging story. I find myself intrigued with Saba and Keal. The trials they go through on their path to where they are going has truly drawn me in.

That being said, I do have a few specific comments. First off, this is not a Novel. This is a 288 page Episodic Novella. There is no completion to the active storyline in any meaningful way. There are huge amounts of loose ends with no closure. In all honesty I don’t think there is a single completed plotline in the entire book. Just introductions to tons of new plotlines.

If you aren’t interested in having to puchase multiple books just to finish the story you are reading, you should keep this in mind when looking at this book.

Secondly, I dislike that there is this huge hook in the very beginning. It leads into Keal’s father Adair being pulled somewhere else entirely. You are really drawn into the situation only to never have it even touched upon in any way again in the book.

Overall I did enjoy what there was in the book. However I’m not sure if I’ll be able to bring myself to buy anymore of the books. I am not a fan of episodic novellas or really novellas in general. They often are missing large components of their storyline in some way or another. At least with episodic novellas there a is a chance to have the wholes filled. But you end up spending anywhere from twice to ten times as much money on the books as you would a novel for the same story.

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