Growing up in Devon Grove, kids are used to magic talents. After all, magic grows on trees --- literally. One bite of the magical apples, and your wildest dreams could come true. Turning invisible, flying, and even talking to animals are all just part of everyday life. Like any kid in Devon Grove, thirteen-year-old Charlie Parker has been waiting for his talent apple his eGrowing up in Devon Grove, kids are used to magic talents. After all, magic grows on trees --- literally. One bite of the magical apples, and your wildest dreams could come true. Turning invisible, flying, and even talking to animals are all just part of everyday life. Like any kid in Devon Grove, thirteen-year-old Charlie Parker has been waiting for his talent apple his entire life, but he has even more at stake: his father is the caretaker of the Talent Tree, the source of the town's magic, and someday Charlie will inherit the responsibility, whether he wants to or not. But when Charlie's apple is stolen from him and the great Talent Tree falls, killing his father, Charlie and his five companions must embark on a quest to find the mythical Bag of Brakka. The Bag, said to foretell the future, holds the key to Charlie discovering who stole his talent, and why his father died. Friendship, loyalties, and magical abilities are put to the test when the companions discover they are in the center of a plot that threatens to destroy the world they live in....
|Title||:||The Seed of Hope|
|Number of Pages||:||280 Pages|
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The Seed of Hope Reviews
This was a very enjoyable story. It reminded me a bit of the Spiderwick Chronicles. I am looking forward to watching Quinton Wall grow as an author. He has a great deal of potential and a vivid imagination.
The Seed of Hope (TSoH) is the first book in a new trilogy called The Talent Tree by debut author Quinton Wall. The next book in the series is tentatively titled Of Worldly Deeds and concludes in the book Into the Nexus. These books are categorized under Young Adult Urban Fantasy meaning there are real world elements to the story as well as fantasy elements.The plot is pretty straight forward. On their thirteenth year the children of Devon Grove visit the talent tree to receive their apples where, once they bite into them, they receive their magical talents. Only six children go at a time and when Charlie Parker goes to catch his, it is stolen by a bird. Afterwards, the tree falls over dead. Now Charlie and his companions, sister Penny Margaret, Gideon, Ted, and Nicolas, begin an adventure to reclaim Charlie’s apple and thus his talent. Some sub plots involved are the mistrust of some people in the town towards each other, a character’s dealings with others and how he has been treated, an individual’s dark ambitions, and hints of a larger plot that will undoubtedly unfold as the trilogy continues.The pacing of TSoH is typical for the first book of a trilogy. There are many slow parts to get the characters established and show that there is more to the world than is known. Once the action hits, be prepared for a great ride. The flow moves well from one scene into the next. To build an element of suspense, there are times the chapters switch between groups of characters keeping the reader’s interest.There is some good character development, even though, to me, they are clichéd characters, especially Gideon’s. Charlie is supposed to be the main protagonist in TSoH, yet it felt as if the book focused more on Gideon. Then as things progressed, what eventually happens was easily predictable. Charlie’s character was the other character that had more development than the others.Like J. K. Rowling, Mr. Wall has also created an excellent world within our own. The concept behind his alternate world was done very well. I felt there was a lot thought put forth to create the different places and ways to travel from one place to the next. There was also a deep history added to the world giving it the feeling of always having coexisted with our own.A couple criticisms:1. Gideon’s character. Even though he was not a flat character, given events and what happened, he was easily predictable. It took away the element of surprise when he makes the decisions I foresaw him making.2. This one is minor and it is just me, but sometimes the use of the word sudden/suddenly to emphasize instantaneousness is annoying, especially when it is used with an explosion. Some positives:1. I can’t say enough about the world building. The way the magical world relates to our own was nicely done. I am really looking forward to revisiting the town of Devon Grove and the other shards again.2. Mr. Wall does a good job of providing enough details to get his vision across and leave out enough that the reader doesn’t feel that they are being told what to see.3. For a YA book, it is written rather well. It is a story that younger audiences can understand on their own level and at the same time an adult can enjoy it without feeling like they are being talked down to. There are some words that a younger person may have to look up to understand their meaning and that should be a good thing since it will help expand their vocabulary.Overall, I was well entertained. I do not have much experience reading YA books, other than Harry Potter and the Inheritance Cycle, but I feel that YA readers will be thoroughly entertained and will enjoy the experience of reading TSoH. This would also be a good place to start if you want to see what YA and urban fantasy books are like. I really look forward to what Mr. Wall has in store for the children of Devon Grove in the rest of the trilogy.-Dimndbangr
This book is fantastic! I am reading it via my computer so it's taking me longer than it should but if I had it in paper format I'm sure I would have read it within a couple days. It's very well written. The suspense holds you captive, making you want to keep reading. It's a fun fantastical read. I'm going to go out and buy it (since I work at a library I don't buy books very often, only the ones I think are worth it).
Seed of Hope is a very well written work. I quite enjoyed the telling of this story of a mystical nature. Quinton managed to tell a distinctive story that didn't feel derivative unlike many works in this genre.I would certainly recommend this book to those who like magic based stories that work for both the adult and YA crowd.I am looking forward to future works by this author.