Sunday, May 24, 2009

Book Inspection: The Dawning of Power by Brian Rathbone

(This is my first post on I Heart Monster, so please bear with me!)
Plot Sketch: Catrin's life as a simple farm girl changes drastically when events trigger powers she didn't know she had. She is shunned by many of those who know her and finds herself pursued by an army from the Greatland known as the Zjhon who are trying to kill her because of some ancient prophecy. She is forced to flee with a few people to help her along the way while she fights for her life and struggles to master the new powers that she has found. Her journeys take her to many places and through the discovery of many things that mankind has forgotten in order to master the power she has and save both those that she loves and those that want her dead.

Verdict: I Heart It. It was unique among a lot of the books I've read. It had good vs. evil and the people fall in love thing that happens in just about every fantasy book, but it played itself out a lot differently than most. His writing style is not going to be one for everybody because, well, you know how sometimes you're reading along and not paying attention and the story can still make sense? This isn't one of those books. You have to pay attention to every paragraph at least. He throws these little breaks into the chapters and it will switch to a different character and place completely, sometimes to characters that haven't even been introduced yet. You'll have a two-paragraph section that if just breezed over, something later in the story won't make sense. I thought it worked, but you have to pay attention. It's not one of those books that you'll be able to put down and come back to unless you want to start over again.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
The planet Godsland.

What is the main character's name?
Catrin Volker

Does Monster like the main character?

How long did it take Monster to finish the book?
4 days

Did Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
No, but I could see how people could.

Is this a good read for I Heart Monster?
No. It's not really her genre.

What, if anything, would Monster change to make the book more interesting?
Probably nothing. Too much more interesting and it would be hard to follow!

What was Monster's favorite line?
I can't remember one.

How many chapters were in the book?
Since it's a trilogy in an omnibus,
Book 1: Call of the Herald (22 chapters)
Book 2: Inherited Danger (24 chapters)
Book 3: Dragon Ore (20 chapters)
A total of 66 chapters.

Does the author have a website?

Paperback: 704 pages
Publisher: White Wolf Press, LLC
Publish Date: October 24, 2008
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981871402

Acquire It:


  • This book was recommended to I Heart Monster for me by Ink and Paper fantasy reviews.
  • Ink and Paper has a post about the cover art that you should look at if you are interested in this omnibus.


Jo said...

Great review! It's awesome to read a review by you after hearing a lot from Shesten about you and the books you read :) I haven't yet finished this book, but I'm hoping I like it over all. Thanks for the links. I'll link to your review once I've posted mine!

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Ella said...

Nice review, I'll definitely try to get this book!

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