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Friday, 3 May 2013

Review: TERSIAS

Tersias by GP Taylor
Read by David Bradshawe
Genre: victorian fantasy
Format: hardback & audiobook CD

About Tersias:
London is picking up the pieces after a near-Apocalypse—a comet has just missed the Earth, leaving the city in chaos.The streets have taken on a frenzied air, and swindlers and circus performers have come to town to take advantage of the confusion.

In this time of uncertainty, only the blind boy oracle,Tersias, can see what the future holds. But awareness of his power is growing, and he is captured by Solomon, a false prophet whose purple-robed minions swarm London, looking for disciples. Tersias is just what Solomon needs, and with Tersias under his control, Solomon believes he's finally in a position to complete his master plan.

Tersias is not without friends—an unlikely alliance of teenage highwaymen and a charlatan magician swear to break down Solomon's Citadel and rescue Tersias from his clutches. They wonder if Tersias's power can save them all—but they haven't realized the source of his second sight, and they aren't aware of a much darker force that torments his soul . . .
Source: Info in the About Tersias was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1128475.Tersias on 05/09/2012.

Narrative Evaluation:
The book is packaged as if it was geared towards teen to adult readers. It even reads like so for the first half of the book. But the story building took on the tone of a middlegrade book to it about halfway through. The book tells us that this pub-full of actors is just there to give our heroes a dramatic welcome (that does not really contribute much to their cause, by the way) because it was just pre-arranged so by their erstwhile ally, Mrs. Malpas. In a serious story that wouldn't fly. But in a middlegrade book where the audience is required to suspend disbelief a whole lot more than usual, you might just get away with it. But even with that middlegrade tolerance, I am having a hard time suspending disbelief. Because I just can't accept that it is likely to happen that a total stranger would get a standing ovation upon entrance in a pub which just so happen to be full of actors. As likely as me getting hit by a meteorite. And this is not the only scene which made Tersias a middlegade book. This brings the believability factor down several notches. This also makes me, as a reader, find it hard to connect with the story. If this wasn't a CD which just keeps on playing on while I drive to work, I would have stopped "reading" this book a long time ago. The author needs to decide whether he is writing for a middledgrade audience or adults because the mixed signals he is sending is taking this book's rating down. Not to mention annoying. However, seeing that I came by this audiobook as a freebie from a Sunday paper and I bought the hardback for a £1, I can't really complain. But I do not think I would be buying anything by this author ever again. If ever, I would borrow from the library. But having said that, seeing that there is so many more better reads in my TBR shelf and new releases, I don't think I would be reading/borrowing this author's work any time soon.

The best thing I could say about this audiobook is the narrator. David Bradshawe is a true professional! He reads in a dramatic way without a hitch. His characterization of everybody in the story is fantastic! He infuses the book with his own brand of pizzazz... He gives the book a certain flavour which is enriching thus makes the listening the more enjoyable! I would buy/listen to David Bradshawe again.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 2
Character development = 2
Story itself = 2
Ending = 3
World building = 3
Cover art = 3
Pace = 1
Plot = 1
Narrator = 5

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 cherries

2 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

Wow, pace and plot, eh, yeah not for me

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Booooooooo for a low believability factor!

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