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Journal of Resurrection: Fantasy Fiction Coming of Age Epic Narrative

by WJ Donovan

Journal of Resurrection: Fantasy Fiction Coming of Age Epic Narrative

by WJ Donovan

What is it about?

Durstan Aldrich must overcome his own sense of self identity and become a leader, even though sometimes he wishes he could go back to fixing cabinets. In a world not that different to our own Durstan begins to discover magic and women. Next he must survive war and find a way to bring back the dead to save his city and his friends. Only the Journal of Resurrection can pave the road to victory and survival.

Beth's Review

Journal of Resurrection: Fantasy Fiction Coming of Age Epic Narrative by WJ Donovan was a challenging book for me to tackle. From the blurb, “Durstan Aldrich must overcome his own sense of self-identity and become a leader, even though sometimes he wishes he could go back to fixing cabinets.” Your protagonist’s sense of self is what your readers first learn about your character; it is how they feel for them and who they will be in the narrative. This is asking a lot of any fantasy novel part of a series, let alone a single book. 

The blurb further goes on to talk a bit about the adventures that are awaiting our cabinet maker protagonist, Durstan Aldrich. “In a world not that different to our own Durstan begins to discover magic and women. Next he must survive war and find a way to bring back the dead to save his city and his friends. Only the Journal of Resurrection can pave the road to victory and survival.” I am sad to say that I did not make it that far in reading this, and it was an early DNF for me. It had utterly to do with grammatical, editing, and structural editors. And because of these errors, I never could get a sense of what was going on. I was too distracted by the odd line spacing, pages with no paragraph breaks, and read in an almost Joyce-ian stream of consciousness type style. 

The author does have a way with description, and I think that this story will be engaging with some editing. But that is hard to say at this juncture. So I had to give Journal of Resurrection: Fantasy Fiction Coming of Age Epic Narrative a pass. 

 

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Beth Tabler

Elizabeth Tabler runs Beforewegoblog and is constantly immersed in fantasy stories. She was at one time an architect but divides her time now between her family in Portland, Oregon, and as many book worlds as she can get her hands on. She is also a huge fan of Self Published fantasy and is on Team Qwillery as a judge for SPFBO5. You will find her with a coffee in one hand and her iPad in the other. Find her on: Goodreads / Instagram / Pinterest  / Twitter

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