*I received a free eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
I really like books about uncommon supernatural creatures, so, when I saw this one had a golem as the protagonist, I jumped at the chance to read it.
The funny thing is, Adem is a golem, something that plays a huge role and has a major effect on the story, but he’s one of the most human characters I’ve ever read about. This was definitely a character-driven book, which is what I like, and though I didn’t necessarily relate to him, he was a character I really empathized with. This poor character, everything he tried to do ended up going so wrong, and I just felt for him. All he wanted was to be human so that he could stop hurting people, and I couldn’t blame him for that. Even when he was being selfish and in denial, it tugged at my heart strings and I couldn’t even be mad because I understood.
I also loved the relationship between Adem and Jordan, a child he saved. Adem was so protective of Jordan, and Jordan was so understanding of Adem, and they just made this really adorable team, something we didn’t get to see a lot of in this book but might get more of in the next book.
The story itself was also well thought-out. Everything made sense, and the information about the realms and the gods was explained in a way that was easy to understand (even for someone like me who doesn’t read many books in this genre). I also thought the portrayal of the Underworld was interesting and especially enjoyed that portion of the book. There were also some twists that kept me on my toes, completely unsure of who to trust, and tension that built up nicely toward the end.
I would’ve liked to get to know the side characters a little more since I found some of them really likeable (e.g. Jordan) and others interesting (e.g. Abazel), but other than that, I really don’t have any complaints. I think it was just one of those books that didn’t quite fit me and my reading preferences personally (it’s classified on Amazon as paranormal and dystopian but seemed more high fantasy and metaphysical to me), hence the rating. Overall though, I did enjoy this book, and I think anyone who is more into these genres will enjoy it even more than I did!
Torn apart by war and abandoned by the gods, only one hope remains to save humanity. But the savior isn’t human at all.
Trapped by his Maker’s command to protect a mysterious box, Adem is forced to kill anyone who tries to steal it. When a young boy chances upon Adem’s temple, he resists temptation, intriguing the golem. As the boy and his sister convince Adem to leave the refuge of his temple, the group lands in a web of trouble.
Now Adem will do whatever necessary to keep his new young charges safe, even if it means risking all to get rid of the box. Their saving grace comes in the form of an angel who offers to set Adem free of the box’s magic by granting his greatest desire—making him human.
But first, Adem must bring back the angel’s long-dead human love from the Underworld. In doing so, he will risk breaking the barrier between the realms, a cataclysm that could launch the Third Realm War. To set things right, he may be forced to give up his the only thing he’s ever truly wanted…a chance at a soul of his own.
Book Author: E.J. Wenstrom
Publisher: City Owl Press
Series: Chronicles of the Third Realm War
Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Metaphysical & Visionary
My Book Rating: 3.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Fantasy World