Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fall Leaves and the Black Dragon by Erik Gustafson


I had a hard time getting into this story.  At first it seemed like the normal (if there is such a thing as normal) boy meets world type of book.  As the book progressed it became apparent that was not the case.  At first I thought most of his ‘dreams’ were symbolic and I was just about to put the book down and send the author a note saying I was sorry but this wasn’t the type of book I first thought and that I couldn’t review it for him.

However, as I made my way further into the book I realized I was very wrong.  And I got hooked on trying to figure out the mystery along with the characters.  Typically I don’t devote this much time to a single book because I have so many I’ve committed to reading, but there was something about the characters that kept bringing me back.

Maybe it was the sense of mystery from the beginning that kept gnawing at me to figure it out, I don’t know.  I do know the story is very well written and the end is more than suspenseful and definitely becomes a page turn about half way through.  But don’t neglect the first of the book, either, because you have to read that part to know who to champion! 

Reviewed by Sue Owen

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