Saturday 10 August 2019

Book Review: Harbinger (The Bleeding Worlds #1) by Justus R. Stone

Title: Harbinger (The Bleeding Worlds #1)
Author: Justus R. Stone
Red Bucket Publishing

Publication Date: 29 October 2019
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley


Our world is one of many. They bleed into each other, spawning horrors and threatening apocalyptic consequences.

Humans with god-like powers pass through society without notice, healing the wounds of bleeding worlds. A seemingly never-ending cycle of chaos and order.

Some tire of this stagnant dance. They want change—or they want destruction.

Gwynn Dormath knows none of this. He’s simply a kid going through the motions of his day, but a mysterious accident leaves him injured, confused, and able to see our world's wounds.

And they are spreading.

Harbinger certainly reflects the author's stated love of anime. I could absolutely imagine this story working in that format. There are plenty of options for great visuals and memorable characters. Sadly it didn't quite gel for me as a novel. There was potential, and the plot moved at a good pace, but there were too many references and ideas introduced but never elaborated on, and I struggled to accept Gwynn's motivations and choices at times, which sometimes seemed merely convenient and which made me disconnect from him as a hero figure. By no means did I hate the book, but I think a little editorial tightening could have really enhanced it. In the end I am giving it three stars. It has promise, and I am sure it will appeal to fans of teen-aimed manga/anime-style stories.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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