Here is the first review for Scapemaker:
Link to Review: http://one-chapter-ahead.blogspot.ca/
(according to the ereader used)
Smashwords): Scapemaker follows Matthew
Namely, who is propelled into a whole new world following a few tragic events.
After meeting a strange and beautiful girl, he learns the art of dreamscaping.
Matthew will come to know of Sandman, who is after a special element called
Magineum. Neck deep in skinwalkers, sandsleepers, zombies, night terrors, and
more, Matthew must risk his life to save the magineum.
My Thoughts: When I
first started this novel I was a little bit worried because the characters
seemed off to me. This was partly because of what will from now on be known as
writer warm up (the characters spoke funny but don't worry it stops). I was
happy to find out that the real reason for this awkwardness was that they were
hiding something. The author did an outstanding job of making sure that the
reader understood the place the story took place in as well as all the
strange...let's call it magic. I loved how original this was. It was different
than anything I'd read; however, I felt like it was one of those things that
could be real. It made me wonder if it couldn't. Harry Potter did the same thing
for me. Why couldn't something like this be true? That thought, though
incredible, is also terrifying after seeing the bad that can come from people
who only want power.
This story was
one of the best I'd read in a long time for explaining characters and their
motivations. I'll even overlook the cheese 'I kinda like like you' moment that
two of them had. Also, I thought it was great for two of the main characters to
bicker. Dae was right though, Matthew was a bit conceded. I'm so glad he got
over that in the end.
This novel ends
with a lead into the next book in the series though so be prepared to be pulled
into it before it starts and left with a lot of questions. I might need to get
my hands on the next one to find out how it ends. I want a happy ending, really
is it too much to ask?
Final Thoughts: Very
few authors could pull off writing a whole new world where almost everything
needs to be explained, this one can. This book has everything from ghosts to
mermaids (sorta), zombies to love, action, mind reading, flying, and magic. If
you like fantasy novels than this would be a good one for you. It has everything
after this book are the worst. I'm not saying it gives you them. It's just that
I can't help but wonder if maybe the book is true after all.