Book Review – Isle of Winds

isle of windsOverall review:2 Stars (2 / 5)

I chose this book, Isle of Winds by James Fahy on the strength of good reviews (for independently published works) on Goodreads.  I didn’t realize at the time that it was a middle grade/young adult book (with the emphasis on middle grade).  But, it was an interesting story line so I went ahead and decided to review it.

It is a coming of age story of the protagonist, Robin Fellows, a twelve year old boy with relatives that are either dead or extremely eccentric.  He develops friends (both human, “fae,” “panthea,” and other) who help him along in his quest to develop hidden magical abilities.  He also has evil denizens of the Netherworlde who are out to control him for their own nefarious purposes.

Character development is really geared towards a middle grade audience, and adult readers will find them a bit flat.  Harry Potter fans will probably like the book, but the characters do not have the depth of Rowling’s main characters.

The book is desperately in need of good copy and line editing.  There were numerous grammatical and punctuation errors, and some sentences that just did not make sense.

As far as writing craft, the book had a good pace I felt, with interesting and varied characters and enough conflict to keep the story moving forward and the reader engaged.  Again, the straightforward prose is fine for a middle grade audience, but older readers will find it somewhat predictable.

The cover art was not impressive, and said little about the story line.  It displayed well enough on a computer screen, which is something that I am going to be adding into the cover art critiques.

Like the other review points, worldbuilding is suitable for a middle grade audience.  But older readers will find it a bit thin.

So – overall, I think this is a good story suitable for young people 6-14 years old.

Story Line:3 Stars (3 / 5)
Characterization:3 Stars (3 / 5)
Readability:2 Stars (2 / 5)
Writing Craft:3 Stars (3 / 5)
Cover Art:3 Stars (3 / 5)
Worldbuilding:3 Stars (3 / 5)