Title: Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness
Author: Rich Pitman
Published: October 10th 2012
Publisher: Ghostly Publishing
Genre: Fantasy, Middle-Grade, Childrens
Many centuries ago the Elders designed the world we live in, but they knew that through time and the advances in medicine and technology, the world would slowly start to die and man would ultimately destroy the planet. The Elders created a prophecy that every two millennia, four children would receive a mystical mark. The children would grow and (one day) be powerful enough to release the mighty beast, Tyranacus. Together they would purge the world of man, allowing it to heal before the life cycle would start again. Margaret Threepwood was a gentle and loving wife and was due to give birth when tragedy struck and Margaret fell severely ill. The Gatekeeper of life and death appeared in the hospital ward and provided a one-time deal so Margaret would live as long as her son Jimmy Threepwood was brought up unloved, uncared-for and handed to the Gatekeeper and his minions on his eleventh birthday, where his destiny would be unveiled to him. As Jimmy approached his eleventh birthday he noticed strange and unusual things happening. Firstly, a mysterious crow started to follow him around school; this ultimately led to a Bunson burner accident and an unusual scar forming on Jimmy's arm in the shape of a number nine. This was followed by Jimmy protecting his friend against the school bully, but one touch changed both Jimmy's and the bully's lives forever...
I received a copy of the ebook from the author in return for an honest review.
I am in two minds about this book. I really enjoyed the story, the plot was good and the characters were interesting and nicely developed through the book. The thing that lets this book down is the writing itself. Really all it needs is a good look over by an editor to straighten out errors. This meant I couldn't enjoy the book fully as the mistakes kept catching my eye. There were problems with missing commas and other forms of punctuation, and a couple of times when it appeared the author got confused between characters as the names kept changing.
Apart from the errors, I quite enjoyed the story. I definitely think this is a middle grade book, as the language and ideas in the novel would definitely appeal to readers of that age.
I also thought the action scenes were nicely done, with good description of what the characters were doing. The quantity of action through out the whole book was good, the story moved quickly, meaning the plot kept my interest.
The main character, Jimmy, was a good main character, he was brave and sensible, but there is definitely some underlying traits in Jimmy that we haven't really been introduced to yet.
Overall I liked this book, and I am interested in seeing where the author takes the story in the next book. In my opinion this book was good, but with a little tweaking of the writing, it could definitely be great.