Title – Birth of Hope: The Gaia Chronicles (Hope Chronicles Book 1)
Author – Andy Trevors
Genre – Fantasy
Length – 273 Pages
Publication – 1st Feb 2016
My Rating – 3/5 Stars
Joy. Peace. Fear. Death. Hope. To many, these are just emotions, facial expressions or words that are evoked in the face of numerous situations. However, there are a select few in the galaxy that have the power to wield them into something more. Into a weapon. Into a personification of their inner being.
They are called Spectres
Damien is one such person. With the Spectre Hope, he will shoulder the hopes of the galaxy as he strikes out on an epic adventure that will bring readers to all four corners of the planet, Gaia. From the peaks of Mount Cygnus to the sand-blasted plains of the Tahiba Dessert, Damien and his group of friends will try to find a way to end the war with the merciless Vangarians and unlock the secrets hidden within the depths of their hearts.
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
So this book follows Damien as he is thrust into a war against the Vangarian horde, with the hopes of many on his shoulders. Will he be the one to end the war?
It’s a very interesting tale indeed, the whole idea of both armies having normal soldiers and also their enhanced solders with Spectres was a good idea and I liked that the lead character had to develop throughout the tale and come to terms with the power he could wield.
The most interesting character for me was the Fallen Celestial, and I’m very much looking forward to reading the next book just find out more about him. He clearly likes to play games but whose side is he really on… what is his ultimate plan?
So you’ll want to know why I gave it a 3 star rating.. well for me there was an overuse of people names. My kindle kindly told me the name “Damien” is mentioned over 500 times. Sometimes it just wasn’t needed. For example “Simple, Damien”, she said. “The bad guys never win, Damien”. It was a little distracting during the first few chapters.
There were also a couple of inaccuracies I noted. When Damien is at the Core we are told his first class is history on the second ring, but straight away it’s contradicted as we are told he is headed to the history classroom on the seventh ring.
I always try and think of one word to summarise a book I’ve read and the word Birth of Hope brings to my mind is potential!
I have no doubt that the writer’s next book could easily be a 4* book, if not a 5*. The plot is good and I loved how the book ended setting the scene for more books in the series
In conclusion, this book is full on fantasy with a decent plot that will nicely lead to more adventures. The potential is there for this to be a very good series and I’ll definitely look forward to the next book to see what happens.