Createspace (July 2012)
Paperback, 304 pages
Fantasy, Young Adult
A sarcastic storyteller traps three characters in his web in order to get hold of a special book. Daniel, Cassidy and Igor are three unique individuals, considered outcasts for different reasons. They are about to meet and stick together, as coincidences and forced situations lead them to a journey all around Europe. As everyone is after the Book of the Forsaken, the coming Game is about to take place on the dark side of the moon. But there is a cost to that knowledge. Let alone to the wish to partake. (Goodreads)
As a winner of the HarperCollins UK competition on www.authonomy.com I did have high expectations for The Book of the Forsaken, yet I struggled to get into it. It’s written in the third person by a dark, sarcastic narrator who opens the book in a different fashion. The first few chapters introduce the three main protagonists: Robert, an Irishman who can see an object from all sides without moving the slightest bit or observe places from a distance; Daniel, a Frenchman who can teleport; and Igor, a Russian who could control people’s minds, create illusions and control the emotions of others. Each of these individuals are selfish, using their powers for self-gain, taking advantage of others and in some cases using it to kill.
The opening chapters felt like more of an introduction to a script of a play, and although the details help to understand the characters quicker, it failed to get me excited.
These three characters come together independently at a dinner party in Moscow with three different objectives. One is sent to obtain a book and the other two to murder someone. Once they carry out their individual tasks, their paths cross and they become companions that need each other to survive an age-old game, that they didn’t realise they were participating in.
You see, nobody can do whatever they want. There is a law that coordinates the outcomes of your decision. Every freaking bit of it. And that law is called Karma, Of course if you don’t know the rules of the game you’re playing you’re not going to win. Only if you play by the rules can you learn to bend them. Even if you are a big shot with extraordinary abilities that make the difference between you and most of the members of the human race, you must show some intelligence and actually think that there is always someone who will do better than you and your awesomeness.
This game involves the book, which Daniel was sent to steal. This book contains information that could set the forsaken race free or destroy them. Once Daniel has the Book of the Forsaken he becomes a target along with Igor and Robert.
Using their powers they have to solve the mystery of the book before the vampires and other forsaken creatures can remove it from their possession. This mystery takes them on a tour around Europe, seeing many famous cities through different times as they take a magical trip on the Occident Express.
The history tour was interesting, the characters different and the twists were a surprise. I felt the writing flowed until the narrator would add footnotes, adding sarcastic and unneeded commentary. I found this style of writing different yet distracting.
There were parts of The Book of the Forsaken that were good and I enjoyed them. It’s a different read from most other books in this genre, it just never grabbed my attention. The problem for me is that it wasn’t my type of book, but that doesn’t mean to say it’s bad as it has won a gold medal, and so there are many out there that loved it. If you are looking for an easy read which is different then maybe this book is for you.
A dark tale of three individual men seeking power who unknowingly become involved in a game that comprises of obtaining an ancient book, which has the power to destroy or free the forsaken race. Overall the plot was OK and different but it was simply not for me. This is because I prefer books to be written from the main protagonist’s point of view and The Book of the Forsaken is written from the third person and had running sarcastic commentary throughout. I found this style of writing to be a distraction rather than intriguing, which lessened my reading experience and I probably won’t pick up the next book in The Game series.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- The Book of the Forsaken
BUY YOUR COPY