Tuesday, 13 January 2015

SEED by D.B. Nielsen (Keepers of Genesis, #1) - Book Review - Indie

3.5/5 Stars

His expression was sombre as he admitted,

'The battle has only just begun....'

Edition: Kindle
Pages: 434
Chapters: 26 (Plus a prologue.)
Publisher: LBLA Digital

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


SEED is the first novel I've read with angels as its main subject matter. For me that's actually a surprise, but a nice one. It's refreshing to delve into a book whose story is completely fresh for me. Coupled with some fantastic writing, and I fairly enjoyed my trip into SEED's world. Its story is rich and full of mythology, real and fictional, and the characters travel around the world, giving the novel a true explorer feel. It is fun and full, but not full-five-star material. It's too full, too drawn out, and throughout parts I felt weighed down by the amount of information that was being thrown into my brain.

Sage Woods is a seventeen-year-old daughter of a renowned and respected archaeologist, and when she visits her father at work, she expects it to be just a normal, everyday encounter.
She's wrong.
Sage stumbles onto a new find of her father's, a strange and enigmatic artifact that forever alters her vision of life.
She's thrown into a war between two forces beyond belief; a war that stems back to the very beginning of time.
But that's not all, Sage herself is vitally important, and it's this importance that throws her into danger of the highest order.
Her destiny calls to her, but will she have the strength to survive the forces that stand in her way?

The story behind SEED is wonderful. I found myself intrigued and invested, and the author uses history and myth very well to set up a nicely envisioned world. But that's also where I feel it stumbles. There is too much information, too much allusion to past events, references to texts and works: Biblical and non-Biblical. It is overwhelming. Some parts contribute to the story perfectly, where others weigh the entire thing down and greatly overshadow the plot. The first 1/3 of the novel is very difficult to get through, with it feeling like chapter after chapter of constant exposition that has no bearing on anything.

This is tempered somewhat by the author's beautiful writing. I was enthralled by the way everything is worded and set. Places are visualised crystal clear, and emotions are described potently. Sometimes it goes overboard, but for the most part, SEED is fantastically written.

But I do have to applaud the research that must have gone into developing SEED.

The characters are a mixed bunch. I felt myself falling in and out of love with our leads: Sage and St. John. There are parts I fiercely adored their personality traits; Sage's strength and fierceness; St. John's respect and humour; and then they would undo it. Sage often comes off as younger than her age, even though we're repeatedly reminded of her maturity and intelligence. St. John then passes into 'Edward Cullen' territory and becomes cold and nasty. Both overreact to the strangest of things sometimes. Mostly though, Sage is mature and intelligent. She's bookish, and reclusive, and an easily connected with character. Likewise is her mother and father, who I feel are very well integrated for being parents of the main protagonist.

There is one other thing that irks me: The danger in SEED. Or should I say, lack thereof. There's a war supposedly being waged, with Sage being of massive value to both sides, and while she's constantly belittled and reminded of the danger she's in, there's never any real danger posed to her. It steals any immediacy from the novel, with the plot only picking up during the second half.

Overall though, SEED is a great start in what's shaped up to be an interesting series. Despite my personal problems - note the personal people, you should definitely try SEED out - I'm thoroughly looking forward to the second entry.

Which I hope comes soon!

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