Hi everyone. Today, I have a book review for you for a book I first came accross on Sally Cronin’s online Cafe and Bookstore. If you’d like to see more of her posts, you can check them out HERE.
About the Book:
One hundred and fifteen years ago, a mysterious virus wiped out ninety-five per cent of humanity.
Blackthorn, the largest settlement in England, rose from the ashes of the devastated old world. It is a troubled city, where the workers live in crude shacks, and make do with the worst of everything.
It is a city of violent divisions, crime, and an over-populated jail block―until a charismatic traveller has a miraculous vision and promises to bring hope back to the people’s lives.
Blackthorn falls under Ryder Swift’s spell, and the most devoted of all is the governor’s loyal servant, Lieutenant August Hemsley.
Twenty-one-year-old Evie has lived her whole life in the shacks. She and disillusioned guard Byron Lewis are two of a minority who have doubts about Ryder’s message. Can they stand against the beliefs of an entire city?
Blackthorn is the first book of Terry Tyler’s that I’ve read, and I enjoyed the read immensely. I came accross this story on a book blog and am so glad I decided to give it a go. Despite my wanting to avoid this type of tale right now due to all that’s going on in the world today, I soon found myself hooked.
The year is 2139, and we see a new Britain after ‘The Fall’, and a world largely reclaimed by nature. The city of Blackthorn is one of only a few power bases remaining or surviving. Its social structure is a rigid one and not too well balanced. As ever, a vast gap lies between the haves and have-nots.
At a time of particular social unrest, a traveller arrives with a message of love and light, but not all is as it may seem, and political manipulation and manouvring change the lives of many.
The story is told in first-person voice and in the present tense. Usually, I find this style difficult to read, but the author wrote so well, I hardly noticed the narrative. This is a book you live rather than read, as you become totally immersed in the world created and walk alongside the superbly drawn characters.
I will be reading more books by this author. Blackthorn gets a resounding five stars from me.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.