The Obsidian Blade (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Obsidian Blade After thirteen-year-old Tucker Feye's parents disappear, he suspects that the strange disks of shimmering air that he keeps seeing are somehow involved, and when he steps inside of one he is whisked on a time-twisting journey trailed by a shadowy sect of priests and haunted by ghostlike figures.
- Published: 10 April 2012
- Format: Hardback 308 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780763654030 ISBN 10: 0763654035
- Sales rank: 248,182
Reviews for The Obsidian Blade
Good read for teen boys
This was an interesting read for me. I feel like I need to let the story continue to sink in. I just closed the "cover" (it was actually an e-ARC through Netgalley) of The Obsidian Blade, and I'm focusing on processing everything I just read. For me, the story changes drastically from the beginning of the book to the end and to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect. It took some time for the story to really get started. The first half of the book is world and character building, which for me, was a little drawn out. However, the storyline is complex and intricate, and after getting into the second half of the book, I realized that all the build-up was necessary, albeit slightly boring.
Now, you might be thinking, "huh?" Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book. I would even recommend it, especially for young teen boys. I think it's an excellent and engaging read for them that would get their minds working. And the idea behind the story is a good one. The main character is a teen guy (13-17), and I think Tucker will appeal to male teen readers.
The second half of the book was much more interesting and engaging. The different "worlds" for lack of a better term, were varied and vastly different, yet had a common thread that intricately wove them together by the end of the book. The time travel and Sci-Fi aspects of the story were creative and original as was the background of the "diskos" and Klaatu, although it was somewhat confusing. But since this is the first book in a series, I would imagine that more information on both of these topics will forthcoming.
In order to tell the story and provide more background information on different aspects of the storyline, the book often jumps to random characters and experiences. This was confusing for me, although it did often provide significant insight into why and how certain events and processes happen in later parts of the book. Also, some of the subject matter, including the crucifixion and religious radicalism caused me some concern. However, I haven't yet come to a conclusion as to how I feel about the way these subjects are portrayed. I feel like I need more information that will most likely (hopefully) be provided in the later books of the series. As far as re-reading this book goes, if I decided to read further into the series, I think I would definitely re-read The Obsidian Blade. In a re-read, I usually pick up on things I missed during the first read, and I will definitely need to brush up on the confusing storyline so I don't start out confused in the second book. So a re-read is a possibility.
Overall, I would recommend The Obsidian Blade to Sci-Fi and time travel fans, as well as teen boys, probably not as a first read for reluctant readers though. So I'm giving this one 3.5 stars. It's not one of my favorites, but it was a good read. by Britney Michelle Wyatt