Adam Crescent and the Rise of the Razorwolfby Adrian Eves
Series: Adam Crescent #1
Published on November 16, 2012 by Genesis Books
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Many years ago in the quiet land of Roddington, one of the nefarious Shadowlords bound all who lived there under an evil spell. While everyone else toils under a veil of secrecy, only the boy Adam Crescent exists outside of the curse. When a mysterious stranger appears at his door with word of a hidden purpose, Adam ignores the claims and returns to his work. As soon as he turns his head, though, the world he thought he knew vanishes, and he is thrust into darkness. When death suddenly strikes, Adam realizes that the curse poses a very real threat and vows to do everything in his power to bring down the Shadowlords. The only ones who can help him are the fabled Pentacular Reximen, a band of warriors dedicated to protecting the weak. But Adam must hurry, for his own dark secrets could be his downfall.
Upon finishing Adam Crescent and the Rise of the Razorwolf, I asked myself one question: do I really want to read the sequel when it’s released? This was one of those books that I struggled to get through but liked by the end. The good aspects neutralized the bad, leaving me with mixed thoughts and questioning whether or not I wanted to read more by this author. Eves has a distinctly wordy writing style, opting for telling more than showing throughout the story. His characters were lacking and I didn’t care about them for the majority of the story. So the problem still stands: to read or not to read the sequel.
One of the first things I noticed about this book was that the author favored a very wordy, narrative way of revealing the plot. Most of the story consisted of Eves telling the reader what was going on instead of showing it. His descriptions were well-written and vivid but I personally like a little more action in my stories, especially in the fantasy genre. The lack of action by showing (because there was plenty of action) made for a very dry read and had me putting the book down several times while reading. Chunks of dialogue also read very stilted and awkward, so there was a lack of flow through the story. The author also rehashed previous plot points over and over as if the reader had already forgotten, which I began skimming after a time. I will say, however, that the writing did improve significantly by the ending but took longer than I would’ve liked to do so.
Now, as someone who favors character-driven stories, I was a tad disappointed with the Razorwolf cast. Each character was a different cliche, in my mind. I didn’t like the main character, Adam, who while proclaiming his age to be 14 years old, either acted much younger or older than that. There were several cases of inconsistencies like that throughout the story regarding both the characters and plot. Adam’s friends Tyrule and Leira could’ve died in the storm for all I cared as I didn’t really see them contribute to the story. The only character I actually cared about was Talan, a supporting character who knew who he was and stuck to it. I wanted to have that same emotional attachment to the other characters but I neither liked nor disliked the majority of the cast including the protagonist.
It may sound like I hated the book but overall, the story was decent. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style but it improved at the very end and by the last chapter, I wanted to know what happened next. While this “hook” came way too late in the book, it was still there. If you’re willing to stick through the story, you’ll want to read the next one by the end. And despite all the “telling,” Eves paints the scenes clearly in the reader’s head so there’s no need to guess what anything looks like. It was clear that the author grew more comfortable with the story as it progressed so I have high expectations for the sequel.
I think Razorwolf is a decent start to a fantasy series. It isn’t the best fantasy book I read, nor the worst, but comes out about par with opening fantasy books from what I’ve encountered. If you don’t mind a little dry reading and can push through to the end, you’ll definitely be wanting more of this new series. I look forward to where Eves will be taking Adam Crescent and his friends next, and just hope that the writing is as good as those last few chapters. All in all, a good read.