*I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Crossbones is a fantasy serial which tells the tale of Dean and Eldric Whittaker, two pirate brothers who are somehow able to control fire and ice. In Episode One, the reader is dropped into the world of these two boys while they are right in the middle of an adventure. From page one, you are in the midst of all the action, traveling the high seas with Dean and Eldric.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Crossbones. I mean…Pirates? Magic? What else do you need? This was a really fun, action packed adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. There was no time wasted on exposition; it was just action followed by more action, which I actually found to be very refreshing. Although it wasn’t discussed much, the world of Alarisia and the magic system of this world seemed really interesting, and I am excited to learn more.
Because this is a fantasy serial, it is quite short, so there wasn’t a ton of time for world building or character development. I am hoping that this is addressed in Episode Two, because there are still many unanswered questions and to ignore them would be unfortunate. One other thing that distracted me a little while reading was the presence of a couple typos and run-on sentences. Things like that really distract me while I am reading, but I know that it doesn’t bother some people at all.
All in all, I was really impressed with Crossbones. I was shocked that I could get that invested in a story after only 37 pages. I am really interested in learning more about this world and discovering more about Dean and Eldric’s powers. I definitely want to pick up Episode Two to see how the story progresses.
When you can’t get enough of pirates and magic…..
…..blame it on the books.