The Moonhollow Origins by Sam West
Kestrel is a quick-witted street orphan whose every day struggle for survival in Ninehook City often threatens to lead him down a criminal path, despite his good intentions, victim to the whims of guards, criminals and townsfolk alike with his best friend Quill by his side. When he incurs the wrath of the City Guard, he outruns them only to stumble across the bloodied body of a man, dressed as an illustrious Master of the fabled Moonhollow Academy.
In his last moments, he entrusts Kestrel with a stone, filled with a strange unbridled power and instructs him to leave the city. It’s not long however before Kestrel catches the attention of other forces, including the charming Anthony Descara, leader of the murderous Shade Spectres. With his friends by his side, Kestrel must make his way to Moonhollow Academy in order for the true purpose of the stone and the elite forces that dwell there to be revealed.
“A Captivating Read”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Joseph Evans
When I began reading The Moonhollow Origins on Kindle, I was immediately hooked – it was well written, rich with description, and opened with an intense but fun action sequence that had the charm of a swashbuckling hollywood blockbuster. As I joined Kestrel on his journey to Moonhollow Academy, I found myself really warming to him and rooting for him. He’s a loveable protagonist in a well constructed fictional world filled with a whole host of memorable characters, allies and foes alike. Each of the locations I was introduced to on the way were colourful, bustling, and enticing, and the many obstacles Kestrel and his friends faced on their journey were just as exciting as that epic opening. I also loved that there was a hint of romance, but it wasn’t overplayed. In the third act, everything built to a super satisfying crescendo, leaving me with a gleeful grin on my face.
The anime style cover is very fitting as it really does feel like an anime or manga at points, which was awesome as I’m a huge anime fan. The mix of traditional fantasy and steampunk definitely gives it that Fullmetal Alchemist feel, and the way the action scenes are written made me imagine them in that animated style. With that being said, I think this book would be a great recommendation for boys who are reluctant readers, as I know a lot of parents and teachers sometimes struggle to find books that captivate boys in particular. At the age of fourteen I was a reluctant reader myself and finally found a love of books after my mum gave me a copy of Broken Sky by Chris Wooding which was written in a very similar anime-inspired style. If I had read The Moonhollow Origins when I was fourteen I think it would have had exactly the same effect on me.
To sum things up, I enjoyed The Moonhollow Origins from the first page to the last, and I don’t want to give anything away, but it has a superb ending that will leave you eagerly awaiting the second in the series. A truly captivating read.
About the Author
Author of The Moonhollow Origins, geek enthusiast and still have yet to grow a complete moustache.