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Tom Johnson's fantasy novel 'Silver Planet' is a book to instil hope in it's young adult readers. As a teenager with no religious belief to fall back on, I felt the weight of the crushingly depressing realisation that I was mortal. This story might have saved me from a lot of misery and heartache at that time in my life. The author wrote it in response to loss in his own life and the book is the first in a forthcoming series.
The action is set on Opus-Earth and it's sibling planet, Centurian, a universe away. When humans 'pass' on their home planet, their souls are transported to Centurian, where they attach to another, carefully chosen, human and live through them under a new regime in which magic is an everyday, though strictly regulated, occurrence. The secret of human eternal consciousness is kept by birds and their friends and allies, the Grandmasters. The souls journey to their new homes is, however, threatened by the Skulls and their Arc of Darkness, who snatch souls whenever possible and subject them to eternal torture and suffering.
Into this scenario, the aptly named Jonathan Powers erupts, with his unique magical powers, and it takes all the efforts of the birds, the Grandmasters but above all Jonathan himself, to eliminate the Destructive Interference and put the worlds back into kilter.
This thoughtful and enjoyable read is thoroughly exciting yet comforting, and could be a great boost to young adult mental health.
Drena Irish, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
Death Is No Longer A Mystery. The Magic Of Eternity Has Been Found.
I often hear people wondering if life carries on after death. It always makes me smile. That's exactly what happens. And I used to think no one would discover the truth while they were alive. I was wrong. A sixteen-year-old boy just did. His name is Jonathan Powers and this is his story.
Jonathan's from a planet called Centurian, but that's not where his story begins. It begins on Earth with the tragic death of a boy from London, Jonathan Prior. Jonathan Prior's soul travelled from Earth to Centurian and became part of Jonathan Powers. That much is as it should be. Humans join the consciousness of other humans on a distant planet when they die.
It's what happened next that I don t understand. Jonathan Powers entered the world of the dead, alive. I'm still searching for answers to how he did it and I'm supposed to know about these things. My name is Rose. I'm a little robin. You might have met me outside your house or in a local park. Don't worry if you haven't, you'll meet me inside this book. I'm helping Jonathan find a way home. It's one thing to go where only the dead have been, quite another to find a way back.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
This novel has a bit of everything, space wars, magic and wizards, a little romance, family relationships, fantastic bird characters. Somehow it all seems to work really well. I love that the chapters are named and also headed with which planet they are set on. It’s a fabulous story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Full review
|Publication date:||30th September 2020|
|Publisher:||Austin Macauley Publishers|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers, Indie Author Books|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical, Science Fiction|
|Recommendations:||Indie Books We Love|
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