The Eighth

Intro to The Alt-World Chronicles

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
23 Pages
Reviewed on 07/28/2019
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Reviewed by Astrid M. Arzu for Readers' Favorite

The Eighth: Intro to the Alt-World Chronicles by Sunshine Somerville introduces us to a fantasy world portraying a harrowing battle between good and evil forces. King Owen leads his men against the invading attacks of different kinds of cruel creatures, thus protecting unsuspecting humankind. In order to help him, he has summoned the current alterni from out of his world, a young girl called Esme, who has been trained in magic and is able to banish the evil creatures. But Esme can sense that the following attack will be even more terrible than the previous ones and that she will die in it. Nevertheless, she bravely participates in the endeavor. Will she survive? What will happen to King Owen’s enterprise? Will good ultimately prevail over evil in this world?

Remarkably well written, The Eighth: Intro to the Alt-World Chronicles by Sunshine Somerville readily transports us to a fast-paced scene of a battle where the protagonists seem to be on the losing end. We sympathize with young Esme, a recently trained magician weary of everything she has been through, who enters the battle with the premonition of her own impending death. Likewise, we empathize with the other protagonist, King Owen, who endures the burden of leadership under overwhelming circumstances. Both characters have great depth and power to intrigue the reader. At the end of this introductory book, the author very originally and with great skill provides us with an understanding of Esme’s actions and ultimate fate, one that will make readers crave more of this outstanding and exciting fantasy tale.

Peggy Jo Wipf

The Eighth is a compact taste of The Alt-World Chronicles by Sunshine Somerville. Esme Kuchis is called upon to train as a magical alterni on an alternate earth to close rifts that threaten their livelihood. King Owen grieves that he must push his warriors and magicians hard, but what choice does he have of saving his planet from the evil creatures that enter these portals? Esme predicts her own death just earlier that day; she can feel the darkness rising and thinks she is not enough to stop these attacks. Her only fear is that she will fail the people who depend on her, not that any are close friends. Friendship is a rare commodity when so few come back after an attack.
This preview of The Alt-World Chronicles series illustrates the staggering scenario Sunshine Somerville creates for Esme Kuchis. The Eighth is a short read full of the action and combat Esme faces as a magical alterni. This story introduces the main characters, though the author only writes about one, number eight. Her loyalty is commendable as she faces what so many have failed to complete. The combat is descriptive and swift as the warriors bond together, if only for survival. King Owen doubts their traditions and what they need to fight these creatures. The author artfully produces questions within the plot that make the reader crave the answers in Esme’s life. Finishing this short read, I instantly wanted to read the first book, Alterni. Highly recommended for those readers who enjoy intense and powerful fantasy.

Bruce Arrington

The Eighth by Sunshine Somerville is a short prequel to The Alt-World Chronicles featuring Esme, who can wield magic and does so in order to support King Owen and defend modern-day Earth against various demons and monsters that are bent on wreaking havoc on our world. They work in secret so that commoners like you and I are not aware of their existence. After a short bar scene, the reader is thrust into a night battle, filled with action, gore and loss. Esme does her best to seal off the demon hordes into the dimension from whence they came, only to find that diversions can also be a tactic used by the hordes of the underworld.

This prequel is definitely suited for the young adult and adult range, as the gore abounds and heads are flying. The action sequences are fast and intense, building and never ebbing in this story. The thrust of the story simply moves the battle in a forward direction, never looking back, making you wonder all the while if any of the armies, including Esme, will make it out alive. There was enough physical description to feel like I was there, and this is a book you'll find hard to put down. The Eighth: Intro to The Alt-World Chronicles, by Sunshine Somerville, is a short and violent introduction to a three-part series that will leave you breathless as you await the final outcome. Does Esme survive, or not? Recommended.