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Shatter (The Children of Man #1) review


I finished Shatter and immediately went to download Render, the second book in the series. With the exception of life's necessities, I spent most of my time plowing through this book and the second one. I am going to attempt to review the book, but... well I'm not a particularly good reviewer.

The story revolves around about Rafaela Durante and the people she meets along her journey; she refers to herself as Faela, though some also call her Ella (JUST for confusion's sake. Not a favorite element, but the rest of the book makes up for it).

Faela is on her way to the Shrine of the Shattering, looking for redemption. She is what's known as a grey, or a person who is magically inclined, utilized black magic (very bad in this world), then tried to right her wrongs. She unintentionally nudged her beloved father to suicide.

In the book's world, there are magic wielders and regular, old human beings; the color of a magic wielder's eyes tell what type and how strong her or his magic abilities are. Brown, being a mixture of numerous magic types, typically infers a powerful user, though this is not always the case.

There is a lot of historical backstory to know, and it's done in a fairly comprehensive and understandable way. A long time ago, the event called The Shattering occurred, wherein White magic (there had only been white and black until that point) shattered into red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. The one thing I have some difficulty with is the geography of the world, though there is a map (on my Kindle, it's a little annoying to have to go back and forth between the two is all).

/ [Ms. Steel]

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