December 20, 2018

#BookReview: Destination (Catching Hell, #2) by @writewatson

Title: Destination
Series: Catching Hell, #2
Author: Marc Watson
Genres: Sci-Fantasy
Pages: eBook, 258
Pub Date: November 26th, 2018
Publisher: Double Dragon eBooks
Book Source: Creative Edge
My Rating: 4 Stars
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Synopsis: The second part of this epic duology! A critical blow has been dealt to the robotic Army of the Old, but at a great price. Broken and weary, best friends Johan and Aryu have been separated while chasing forces from the distant past that they both fear.

Aryu, the man with wings, pursues the enemy while he slowly slips into the enticing magic and mystery of the Power, led by the great phoenix Nixon Ash.

Johan stands on the steps of Bankoor, a futuristic city full of wonder and mistrust. Here he must make his stand to avenge his destroyed home and find his friend.

As the gap between the brave warriors closes, the worlds of technology and magic will clash!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marc Watson is an author of genre fiction of all lengths and styles. He began writing at the age of 15 and continues to be a part-time writing student at Athabasca University. He has been published on flash fiction site www.101words.org (find his stories here) as well as comedy site www.thecorrectness.com.
Marc lives in Calgary, Alberta. He is a husband and proud father of two. He is an avid outdoors-man, martial artist, baseball player, and lover of all Mexican foods.
He can be found at online www.marcwatson.ca, as well as on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/marcwroteabook, and on twitter at @writewatson.
Marc is available for interviews, media appearances, speaking engagements, and/or book review requests - please contact mickey.creativeedge@gmail.com by email or by phone at 403.464.6925.





‘There was once a beautiful tower here. It rose from the flowery meadow and stretched so high into the sky some swore that it had no end; a creation of the ancient, powerful ones. They were wrong, of course. It had an end, and at that precarious top was a room of solitude where the sprightly entity known as Crystal Kokuou had sequestered herself for more than eight hundred years, seeking a place of peace and zen in order to find an answer to the question her beloved father had given to her: how can mankind maintain and serve the balance? After her lover Ryu had finally passed away by playing chicken with Death and actually winning, she had seen the true extent that humans were capable of reaching. She had seen Embracers reach unimaginable levels of power, be it for evil or good, and all the 4 time she had been assured that in the end, everyone still dies. Death had been the great equalizer. It was the balance keeper in all the universes. But then Ryu had played the game against the Dark Stranger, and Death miscalculated both her lover’s power, and his resolve to end things, regardless of the consequences. Yes, Ryu was still dead after all was said and done, but it was on his terms. Reason didn’t matter to someone so determined. She remembered that day so well. She had been in her Haven at the time, not in the tower that existed in the real world. Her Haven was her most perfect place in the world. It was so close to where she had been raised and loved so purely by her mother and father, where she had been taught to be a warrior in service of the balance. Her Haven was also an unwitting protective shield against the horror Ryu had created with that gross and destructive wave of power that erupted from his mind.’



My Review: I have to say that I think the author did a little better with this one. I felt like the story was a little better rounded and that the characters and world were better hashed out. I loved learning more about Nixon Ash and I would love a prequel story about the start of the mechanical army. As well as how Nixon became the Great Phoenix.  This one I could not put down and was very much invested in the outcome! I really wished book one would have been like this as well.  If you are looking for something new and exciting I would check this blend of sci-fi and fantasy! 




 








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