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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Sen'giza, the first book in the Dimension Arcana Series by JD Cole, gives me a feeling of déjà vu, and it’s probably because it is reminiscent of big-budget flicks like Bright and Artemis Fowl. The central plot focuses on a young lady named Kelli Ingram, who moves to London from Hawaii to take advantage of a full scholarship at a prestigious university. A strange, unknown entity named Dufangen tries to communicate with her telepathically during her flight, seeming to warn her of impending danger. But the telepathic message is cut short as the plane shudders and drops. Amid the chaos, a man in a black and gray mask walks over to Kelli and abducts her. And so begins the story of how Kelli will discover her enchanted lineage and how the world of magical beings crosses with humans.
Sen’giza’s plot and setting have been done before: a world in which fantasy creatures and mere mortals intersect and then trouble ensues. You get a lesson in the ways and means of other races and references to the parallels of our world and theirs. This is a thick volume, one that lives up to the typical standard length of the genre. JD Cole skillfully weaves an intricate subplot of other characters that, in the process, intersect with the main story, and so far, it works. You have an NBI agent named Mario Perez who learns a bitter truth about his identity as he investigates vampires and werewolves on the prowl. Then there is the beach bum who has an affinity with dragons. Sen’giza brings its bizarre elements together to stand well behind its structure and main plot. It’s a good read and proves that the cross-genre of fantasy and science fiction makes for a great stretch in the exercise of creativity.