A Scholar's Journey: The Divine Tempestby Herrick C. Erickson-Brigl
Published on February 28, 2013 by Createspace
A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest is a no-holds-barred fantasy brawl. It begins when the God of Justice and Retribution opens The Abyss and unleashes a vengeful demon upon the mortal realm of Therra.
Now it is up to scholar Penndarius Greyson and his tormented protector, martial artist Soren Luna Mortalitas, to stop a crisis that would send shockwaves through the very fabric of creation. In addition, Penndarius is waging an internal battle with a disembodied presence attempting to possess his mind. The two heroes must avoid death or capture, but there is a catch: They have only one day to solve a riddle older than history before a dark host of unstoppable demons is released into the world.
The Divine Tempest includes warring factions, betrayal and redemption, and of course, Herrick Erickson-Brigl’s trademark: epic fight scenes. This is the lean, hard-hitting first installment in a series that follows Penndarius’s growth as the avatar of the God of Creation and Soren’s reclamation of his lethal family’s humanity.
When I first reviewed The Divine Tempest, this is what I wrote:
This book is one of the ones I took a chance on. Perhaps it would appeal to another reader but not me. For starters, the story jumped all over the place in just the first ten pages or so. One page would be about two powerful beings then the next about a falcon. It confused me to no end. Another problem I encountered was that this book has not been edited, at least enough to be selling it. There were so many misspelled words and wrong uses, not to mention the lack of verb agreement, that I actually couldn’t make it to page 100 which is my usually when I decide whether to put a book down or not. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, either, but on the copy I received, the word “Divine” is spelled wrong and the cover picture on Smashwords for this book has both “Divine” and “Tempest” misspelled. I can’t say if this was the author’s intent or not but I think this book needs a bit of work. The only part I really enjoyed was the descriptions. The author made it very easy to picture everything. It’s a shame that everything else detracted from that.
I originally left the book unfinished. Since then, I have received an updated version of the book that not only took care of most of issues but contained a decent story. To start off with, I offer a word to the wise: don’t gloss over the character/setting index at the very beginning of the book. I noticed other readers made the same comment and I completely agree. You’ll thank yourself later (or find yourself flipping back to it if you skipped it). Now onto the story…
I’m a sucker for a good fantasy novel. While The Divine Tempest wasn’t necessarily the best epic fantasy I’ve ever read, it was an enjoyable read and fits well within the genre. The author brings his characters to life and I liked the contrast of the brain versus the muscle we see with Penndarius and Soren. It made for an extra dimension with the characters’ friendship. The world of The Divine Tempest could be classified as a character itself. It’s your typical epic fantasy setting where half the time you don’t know what’s what but somehow it all makes sense. I had no trouble visualizing the setting, or the scenes for that matter.
The Divine Tempest is a unique fantasy story that’s great for fans of the genre. I liked the story itself, but found the writing to be dry at times. It wasn’t enough to make me stop reading but I was able to put this book down and take care of things around the house. Based on the cover alone, I probably wouldn’t pick this book up in the stores. That being said, it was worth the read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
If you’re a fan of epic fantasy adventures of good and evil, check out A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest by Herrick C. Erickson-Brigl. You’ll get a good dose of action, acventure, and all those classic fantasy elements you know and love. Check it out. Who knows, you may be surprised how much you like it?