I’ve just finished reading this entertaining debut novel by Thomas A Knight and can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Seth Alkirk is a Time Weaver, but he doesn’t know it. In his day-to-day existence he’s a software developer who bumbles through life and relationships. But Seth is haunted by the disappearance of his father and the mysterious book he left behind. On his 30th birthday, Seth finally manages to unlock the book only to discover strange symbols that he cannot decipher. Later that day, he’s involved in a car wreck that changes his life and world, and plunges him into an alternate reality where magic exists everywhere.
After being rescued by the beautiful Malia, an accomplished magic-wielding warrio,r and taken to this new world, Seth discovers he is the son of the most powerful Time Weaver ever to have lived in Galadir and that he has powers too. However, he has a hard time reconciling this, even after he manages to work some magic of his own.
What Seth learns quickly is that his powers are in great demand and not necessarily for good. As Seth, Malia and Cedric (a bard they meet on their journey) race to safety, they are hunted by an army of elite beasts under the control of a wizard gone bad. The rest of the army march on to the very place Seth and his party are heading. Perhaps it won’t be the safe haven they hope for.
I won’t say any more about the story as I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say this is an original concept that I’ve not encountered previously and it made a refreshing change. The characters are well crafted and Seth, in particular, has been given a good degree of depth. Personally, I would have liked a little more description of Galadir and what was unique about it. Also a lack of description of a few characters made it difficult to visualise them, but apart from that, this book is an entertaining read that enticed me in early on, and kept me hooked till the end. I will definitely be reading book 2.