“Below the Moon” by Alexis Marie Chute

Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy #2)Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Welcome to the second book in the series. Haven’t read the first book yet? I must encourage you to redirect your gaze to the start of the series so you can fully appreciate the work of art you are about to embark upon.

If you’ve read the first book, then why bother with this review? I must warn you – I have not read the first book. I am writing this review not as a fan, but as a professional. My review will not tell you what the book is about. I don’t believe in shortcuts. My review will tell you if you are compatible with the writing style this author uses. Will you enjoy the work or not?

If you read book one, then stay the course. I have nothing but praise to give for this written work.

The author’s writing style is, in short, entrancing. Chute’s literary form is nothing short of artistic, showing her flair to engage the reader in a fantastical world of foreign concepts and simultaneously provide a familiarity that permits one to feel at home and at ease, no matter how much the living room has changed in one’s absence. The perspective is clearly written first-person, giving the intimate the reader needs to find anchor in this foreign landscape. The author’s use of imagery and impressive implementation of metaphor illuminate a world within the first few sentences of the work. If nothing else, this alone is tantalizing enough of a delight to keep reading. When faced with such an excellence in writing, however, there is always more to enjoy.

So, who will enjoy the book? Those looking for a vacation in print. Those that seek a thrilling adventure while comfortable at home. Those that prefer written art to the visual adaptations. Those, that quite simply, enjoy to read.

I must insist, however, that if you haven’t read the first work in this series, go back and to that first. It’s not just a simple timeline to catch up on – it’s an entire universe.

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