Synopsis (from amazon.com):
Throughout its history, the kingdom known as the Realm has never known peace. From its establishment, it has possessed the gift of magic, which is a treasure that exists no other place in the world! As a result, the Realm has endlessly defended itself against conquerors, but now faces its greatest peril. As our heroes battle the wicked and unlock mysteries, they must also face overwhelming circumstances as they are guided by ancient lore on a quest to find the greatest treasure their kingdom will ever know... peace.
Jackson takes us to a realm of magic and war, and introduces us to characters who are surprisingly developed in such a brief story. Jackson’s use of simple verse (like that of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales) is unique to this age and his rhythm and rhymes are at times ingenious, especially the conversations between characters, such as:
1. Damian simply is much too strong
2. for us to continue to fight head on.
3. Then what do you think our approach should be?
4. It should be to rethink our strategy!
Though cleverly written, the rhyming was quite distracting. I found myself often skipping the last word of each line just so I could focus on the story. The rhyming stuck in my head long after I closed the cover, like when I’ve read a Dr. Seuss book to my four year old.
I did, however, really enjoy the story and the characters. I would like to read another by Jackson, but would much prefer it to be written in prose form.
I received a copy of The Realmsic Conquest: The Candle of Crest from the author in exchange for my unbiased review.