Blackcoats: Dead Man Walking

Adam, a high school student, struggles to come to terms with his father’s sudden disappearance and the revelation that his father was a scientist for a secret government organization. If that surprise isn’t bad enough, Adam realizes that the biological changes he’s experienced – a sudden allergy to sun and a perpetual state of hunger – might just be the result of his father’s experimentation. Now a “prisoner” within this secret organization, Adam learns that the world is full of far more than just humans and that it might take someone with augmented DNA – an Augment as they are called – to protect and save the human race from extinction.

Blackcoats: Dead Man Walking is the first book in the Blackcoats series by Michael Lachman. While reading, I couldn’t help but think of Men in Black in terms of the secret government organization that deals with paranormal activity. The banter between the characters made for some good laughs, and it was a novel experience for me reading a book with references to modern books and movies. (The majority of books I read are fantasy and/or set in the medieval time period, and they don’t reference Harry Potter or Terry Pratchett.)

I will be honest, it is in reading this book, that I realized my preferred genre is fantasy and medieval stories; apparently, I’m not the sci-fi genre fan I thought I was. This is in no way a reflection on Lachman’s writing. Lachman is a good writer; his writing flows smoothly and makes for an easy read. Despite the fact I prefer fantasy, I was still drawn-in and curious to find out what happened next. The quality of Michael Lachman’s writing makes me confident he will go far as an author, and I look forward to seeing what else he writes in the future. Who knows? If Lachman ever branches off into the world of fantasy, I know I’d definitely be interested in reading it!

Blackcaots: Dead Man Walking is appropriate for all ages; there is no sex or language, and I recommend it to any parents whose kids enjoy sci-fi. This is a book you can read with them and enjoy yourself.

I was provided with a copy of “Blackcoats: Dead Man Walking” free of charge in exchange for my review. I received no monetary compensation.

Ice Forged by Gail Z. Martin

IceForgedI just finished reading The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga by Gail Z. Martin. I’m not entirely sure what to say other than I really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down.

This is a four book fantasy series (first book: Ice Forged) about a group of convicts who ultimately find themselves responsible for restoring a kingdom destroyed by the collapse of magic. Sent away to prison for various crimes, this group of convicts soon finds that being exiled to Velant was the only thing that saved their life when magic broke and destroyed their home country of Dondareth. Determined to find answers, they return to Dondareth and discover that the loss of magic isn’t the only problem that Dondareth faces.

From humans to vampires to mages to necromancers to ghosts to wraiths, this book has a host of characters that will either endear themselves to you or make you hate them.

Like I said, I couldn’t put the series down. I read all four books within the span of 2 or so weeks. This is definitely going on my “favorites” list for young adults.