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Book Review: Curse Of The Spider-Riders

Title: The Curse Of The Spider-Riders

Author: Micheal Dane

Publisher: MG Publishing

Publication Date: April 30 2020

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Synopsis:

Spider-riding monsters, pesky faeries and a boy far from home; this story is a magical adventure from the very first page!

In a hive nestled amongst the treetops of a wooded mountain, a colony of faeries lead a life of peace. Unbeknown to them, an army of bloodthirsty monsters gather in the tunnels below. Monsters molded by darkness and forged into savage warriors. Consumed by hatred, they prepare to launch an attack on the hive. Battle-hardened creatures all, they have little fear for their future… 

But they should. For in the gloom, Jakoby, an eleven-year-old boy, stumbles across their plan. He will do anything to stop the slaughter, even if it means laying down his own life. 

But the burrows whisper truths long since buried. Truths which expose a different side to the faeries. 

A darker side. 

Review:

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this book. There was an interesting idea that was delivered but I’m not completely satisfied with the story.

I don’t have any opinions on the writing style, I neither liked nor disliked it. In fact I was barely aware of the writing style while reading the book. It did its job to deliver the story, but it didn’t add much to the story.

The premise of the books was interesting, the story itself was fun and exciting but it did fall short in some cases. Jakoby, the main character, is very clumsy. His clumsiness however was often used as a plot device instead a character trait. Jakoby will be perfectly fine for multiple scenes but when the stakes need to be raised or we need some comedic relief, suddenly he’s clumsy again.

There was also very little world-building, so while the conflict of the book was interesting and believable, there was no way for readers to decide which side of the fight the want to be on. Another issue I have with the lack of world building is that Jakoby has no knowledge of the conflict so there is no real way for him to decide where his loyalties lie. However Jakoby does chose a side and is fiercely loyal to that side, but I don’t believe it. His reasoning is essentially “They want to use me as a sacrifice, but it’s to save their people so I get it. I have to help them in any way I can.” That makes no sense to me. I had the same issue with sis friendships with the some characters. This strong unbreakable bond was formed out of no where, with no build up and no logical reasoning. So those were some major flaws in the story.

On a more positive note. What little world building we did get was fun to read about. There were good messages sprinkled throughout the story. Each character had a distinct personality, distinct speech pattern and distinct humour. So I do think that helps to elevate the level of enjoyment that this story will bring to readers.

I given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

That’s All I Got, Danielle.

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