Saturday 25 February 2017

Book Review: The Magnum Opus by Christopher and Christine Kezelos

Title: The Magnum Opus
Author: Christopher and Christine Kezelos
Publisher: Zealous Creative
Publication Date: 12 December 2016
Pages: 210
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC from Authors

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In a time and world long ago forgotten, there existed an enchanted workshop. Within its walls, a magical creature called a 'Maker' busily created the next of his kin. Upon completion, the creator was whisked away to join the rest of the Maker community. Meanwhile, their progeny was left alone to create the next Maker in a never-ending cycle of creation.

That was, until the day an offbeat Maker named Ario was unable to complete 'The Making' and broke their sacred chain of existence. Wracked with guilt, Ario embarked on a quest to right his wrong, but what he discovered was far more monstrous and miraculous than anyone ever imagined.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

When the authors first approached me regarding this book, I had never heard of the short film to which it is a sequel. However, after I watched and enjoyed it, I happily agreed to review. Overall, I enjoyed the tale. The world building is good, the characters are engaging, and the plot is delightfully full of magic and adventure. A few grammatical issues caught my eye--comma splicing in particular--but then I'm an editor and trained to notice these things. Other readers may not spot them at all. The book certainly brought a smile to my face as I was reading, regardless of those little niggles are the prose.

You can read this book without seeing the short film, as the authors recap that story at the start. However, those interested can view the five-minute animation HERE. Perhaps it will whet your appetite for the book!

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