by C. Michael Lorion
In 1978, as a great blizzard descends upon the City of Old Wachusett, Massachusetts, we are introduced to a variety of characters. Going about their lives, and facing an array of relationship and other challenges, a sense of impending doom is cast upon the people of the city.
Achak and Kimi -- both from a different time -- are in search of a powerful Totem in a land once inhabited by their tribe. Setting out on a collision course with the people of Old Wachusett, the fate of those in their paths has yet to be revealed. Who will survive, and what is the deeper meaning in the plight of these travelers?
This first installment in the Totem Series showed promise, and I eagerly anticipated the direction the author would take us. The high quality writing, coupled with compelling characters early on presented a story that seemed destined to propel us toward an exciting climax. However, about halfway through, the plot lost momentum.
Scars introduces us to new characters in almost every chapter, and reads more like a series of short stories. That didn't bother me, as I imagined the lives of the characters would eventually intersect in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, it never really came together, and certain details that were presented early in the story were left unexamined. More attention was needed on plot development and pacing, to create cohesion. Additionally, the characters lacked depth, which made it difficult to stay invested in their lives and hardships.
Despite the issues, there were strengths, including the author's ability to set the stage for suspense and intrigue. With more attention to plot, pacing, and character development in future installments, this has the potential to become an engaging series!
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Reviewed by Stephanie