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I never realized it, but reading this book was fast. Really fast. I didnít even realize I was close to the finish until I saw how many pages I had left to read. It was most definitely a story that can keep your attention and literally does take you for a ride.
What I found really interesting in this novel is Ethan (main character) has issues. A lot of issues. Heís been bullied, his family life at home isnít so great, so he retreats to the old ruins for escape. Even with these sorts of issues you do feel sorry for him. Until he steps on the train. Although itís nice to see him finally being liked and being able to be friends, he changes. He starts becoming more cocky, and more of a jerk and then I start to wonder why he was being bullied in the first place (perhaps because heís been a jerk??). Now Iím not sure if this is done on purpose, but if it is, itís a good job. He went from being a nobody to a somebody with a huge attitude problem. So I found him a little hard to like. There really isnít much to say about the other characters. Theyíre secondary and donít really play such a huge part in the novel. Lord Althulos is interesting and reminds me a bit of Dumbledore from Harry Potter (although both have very distinct and different characteristics).
The plot was good and interesting. However Iíd like to know a bit more about the magic system and how it worked. Itís obvious Ethan is very well gifted in certain aspects and I wanted to know more about it. A little background information would have helped.
I also thought that although the story was very well done, and very good, and the pace just went really quick. Perhaps a little too quick? I felt as if I might have inadvertently skipped pages but it just happened to be that the pace was at almost breakneck speed that it did indeed feel as if the reader missed out on something.
Nevertheless, it was a good book and from what I hear thereís going to be more in the series lined up. It does look interesting and I will be looking forward to reading more about Ethan and his adventures.