Thursday, July 27, 2017

5 stars! Static Mayhem by Edward Aubry #fantasy #magic

One of the most original story ideas I've ever read! Lots of fun, tension, and even a pixie. 5 star review - go get this book!

~ About the book ~
A year after the world was thrown into magical chaos, Harrison Cody takes part in an expedition to learn the cause.

What his team finds is an unfathomable enemy, who intends to finish what was started and wipe out every remaining survivor.

Harrison is the key to stopping it, but doing so will come with an unbelievable sacrifice, one he might not be willing to make.

~ My Review ~
I’ve read the original Mayhem book, as well as Prelude to Mayhem, which is book 1 in splitting the original into two parts. When I learned of this approach, I wasn’t sure it would make sense as I liked the original and change is hard for me! ;-) But I did enjoy seeing the characters and the new world more in-depth in Prelude.

Static Mayhem also did not disappoint. We learn just a bit more about the characters, their pasts, their personalities and the world is described in greater detail which is all great fun. This book is a bit darker, less of discovery, more a mission to possibly return the all the mayhem to boring normalcy (of course that would restore a lot of lives but sad to lose magic!)

The main character, Harrison, has some rough moments in this book. He transitions from an amusing, sometimes blundering, but very likeable guy to someone in a leadership role in a scary world with someone actively trying to wipe them out. Being thrust into this kind of difficulty is understandably hard, especially balanced with Harrison’s determination to save those he cares about, even if it means sacrificing himself.

As usual, Glimmer is my favorite character. I enjoyed learning more about her decidedly odd circumstance of being the only pixie left as well as just how powerful she might be. We don’t see as much of Dorothy and Mitchell in this book for logical reasons, but I thoroughly enjoyed the continuation of the story and can hardly wait for the next installment.

Static Mayhem is highly recommended, both for those who read the original and those who haven’t.

I received a copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest review.

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~ About the author ~

Edward Aubry is a graduate of Wesleyan University, with a degree in music composition. Improbably, this preceded a career as a teacher of high school mathematics and creative writing.

Over the last few years, he has gradually transitioned from being a teacher who writes novels on the side to a novelist who teaches to support his family. He is also a poet, his sole published work in that form being the sixteen stanza “The History of Mathematics.”

He now lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife and three spectacular daughters, where he fills his non-teaching hours spinning tales of time-travel, wise-cracking pixies, and an assortment of other impossible things.