The Journey

The Feigned Moon of Entiria Epic Serial Book 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
141 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Journey is a work of fiction in the science fiction, fantasy, and speculative sub-genres, and was penned by author E. A. Bagby. The first novella-length episode in The Feigned Moon of Entiria Epic Serial collection, we begin this epic adventure with the set-up of the central characters and an introduction to the world where they have grown up. Giels believes in destiny amongst his people, and as he reaches the cusp of adulthood, he feels his future life is laid before him very well indeed. So when Erikal, an eccentric inventor, offers Giels and his sweetheart, Cleo, the chance to travel beyond the far reaches of their world, so begins a question of risk versus reward.

Author E. A. Bagby has crafted the opening episode to a fascinating conceptual world and a journey that will surely build into a truly fantastical adventure. I enjoyed the episodic setup, which was very much like digesting a pilot to a TV show, and the introduction of the flying machine and the characters who will undertake the journey certainly leaves you wanting more. The idea of Giels being a storyteller is a wonderful thematic touch that layers stories within stories and gives us a rich sense of culture and mystery. Bagby’s prose offers vivid descriptions and solid worldbuilding for both the tribal setting and the promise of the worlds beyond what is known. Overall, I would highly recommend The Journey for readers seeking to embark upon a brand new and exciting sci-fi and fantasy adventure.

Rabia Tanveer

The Journey is the first episode in The Feigned Moon of Entiria Epic Serial by E. A. Bagby. Giels only had a few goals in mind; marry his beautiful Cleo and become the Lead Storyteller of the tribe. Things were going according to plan, then Erikal happened. He seems to have built something terrific that can help them go beyond the world they know. While Giels is practicing and rehearsing for his big day, Cleo is drifting away from him and towards Erikal. However, his real test comes when Cleo, Erikal, and a couple of their friends invite him on an adventure out of the world they know. What will Giels do? Will he give up his future as a Storyteller or will he give up his love for Cleo? This is a hard decision to make and Giels doesn’t have much time. What will he choose?

The Journey is far more entertaining and action-packed than I anticipated. In less than 150 pages, E. A. Bagby gave a complete story while making sure the reader is hooked and looking forward to the next episode in the serial. The build-up early on is great, as is the feel of adventure later. And, through it all, you feel something special is happening to the characters. It doesn't hurt that the backdrop of the story is brilliant. The author clearly gave attention to the worldbuilding. The imagery is vivid, the pace is perfect and the overall feel of the story settles well with the plot. Giels' character is a little timid, a little unsure of himself, but as the story reaches its climax you can see the change in him. The narrative builds smoothly and lures the reader in, and before I knew it, I was lost in Giels' world. I cannot wait for the next episode.