As you may already know, my blog turned one month old last Saturday; see here. In this post I mentioned updating my About page, which I have now done. I have included disclaimers on my blog to keep you, the reader, updated and to maintain transparency at all times. I mention this now as it is relevant; the E-Book I am about to review was kindly sent to me for free but as present in my disclaimers all following views are my own and no positive review is guaranteed to any third party.
With that out of the way, let us take a look at this week’s Sunday Book Club: Ewan Pendle and The White Wraith by Shaun Hume‘s who then sent me his book in E-book format and I spent my time reading this on my Iphone during my travels the past few weeks.
I will be honest and state that I was worried about reading this book as it is advertised as an ‘antidote for Post-Potter Depression’. I am a die hard Harry fan and reading this comparison made me skeptical. Could any book bring me the mystery and magic that Harry Potter did when I was just a child? The answer to that is no. Admittedly, the drawing of such a comparison made me a bit harsher on the book when I first began to read it. This book is not here to fill our Harry Potter void but it is here to create its own space. Ewan Pendle and The White Wraith is a fantasy novel, that is the first in what will become a series, and features magical creatures and pre-teen friendship. I will delve into the plot shortly…
Ewan Pendle and The White Wraith retails for:
- £1.99 in Kindle Format
- £9.95 in Paperback
You can purchase the book through Amazon. Shaun Hume is an Australian born author of three novels, including the one I am about to review. He self-published Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith through his own indie company called “Popcorn and Rice Publishing” in 2013.
Ewan is an 11 year old orphaned boy who can see things others cannot and is subsequently passed around many foster homes for being so ‘different’. We follow Ewan on his journey from unfortunate homes to his place as a cadet at Firedrake academy, for other young people who can see what Ewan sees. Throughout his school year Ewan learns more about his family, his own self and the benefits of friendship but he also gets into his fair share of trouble. I did enjoy the story of Ewan Pendle but I do not believe it should claim to be an ‘antidote for Post-Potter Depression’. If I could compare it to another novel I would say it reminds me somewhat of Eragon in its elements of fantasy, magical creatures and action.
Yes there are points in the story that will remind you of Harry Potter: orphans, mean adults, a notorious murderer and his followers yet as you read the book grows away from Harry Potter comparisons and grows into its own.
Admittedly there are parts that are written in a manner I can only call clumsy and mistakes in spelling do crop up, which can mostly be forgiven for being a self-published piece of work. Nonetheless, Hume compensates mistakes by writing cleverly crafted metaphors and a plot that leaves the reader asking questions, even after the last page is read.
I think this book is aged at a younger target audience but it is nonetheless a decent level of work. There are improvements to be made and maybe the rest of the series can seek to address that.
One word review: [A] Grower