Whilst I prefer to write, I do of course indulge in the odd novel or two. Though I have absolutely no intention of turning this blog into a book review blog, I thought it would be nice to post a few personal reviews of my latest read. Since getting into the indie publishing world, I want to do all I can to support authors. This means that I’m trying to read and review more indie books and support those who in turn have given me support. Hence, this is my first book review, Heath; Exile, and I have to say, it was a very good read!
Book; Hearth; Exile
Author: M. R. Jenks
Available at: Amazon
Hearth: Exile is most definitely one of those reads that draws you in gradually. Set in modern day New York, the main character immediately grips you, but it’s the quiet unravelling of his story that begins to stir your interest and curiosity. At the outset of this book you don’t even know the main characters name, for he himself has amnesia and has no idea who he is. However, for those who worry that this read will take a while to get into, Jenks’ beautifully crafted New York cityscape is superbly drawn. It’s winter, it’s desolate, but the Big Apple continues to shine in all its beauty, and adds as much to the story as a supporting character.
As the story progresses, the main character’s identity is revealed and he starts to remember aspects of his past life. This is particularly sparked when he meets Lauren; a stunning woman that he’s sure he’s met before. She offers support, kindness and shelter by way of a city Convent. There, under the watchful eye of Sister Regina, the pair of them begin to not only develop old feelings for one another, but sense that something rather sinister has happened to them.
One of the reasons that I loved this book was that the fantasy aspect was done in a very subtle way. It is the characters fascination for discovery that drives this story along, and the fantasy is peppered throughout; just enough to cause intrigue and curiosity, but not too much to turn what is a well structured character driven novel into yet another pointless fantasy saga. As more details emerge, so the fantasy thrills increase, offering an exciting end to this first novel in the series. I really liked the mixture of characters, including youngster Page who surprises everyone with her intellect and becomes a vital part of the storyline.
There’s no doubt from the end of this novel, that Hearth: Exile is set to have a sequel written. And, such is my need to find out just what has happened, I hope that Jenks’ has this sequel planned sooner rather than later. I highly recommend this book, and it’ll leave you wanting much, much more.
Available at Amazon.