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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite
In Travis Pearson’s The Orichalcum Rod, two couples head to a small isolated village with intentions to explore newly discovered ancient archaeological sites. Richard Carson and his wife Kaylie are newlyweds expecting their honeymoon to be a vacation of a lifetime, an exciting adventure to tell their families when they get back. However, as they head towards their destination, Richard grows concerned at the absence of towns and lack of civilization. He feels wary about the stilted interactions with the personnel especially when he meets Adonis, the village ruler and their guide, and sees the way he looks at Kaylie. When they arrive at the hamlet, they meet another couple, the McCourts, Charles and Jenna, whose neutral expressions and slightly defiant tendencies against the small village’s local customs are a mystery in themselves.
Travis Pearson serves readers with an intriguing and unique setting in The Orichalcum Rod. His writing took me through interesting turns as the story progressed. Pearson spins an intricate and engaging plot that pulled me deeper in with every page turned and every mystery uncovered. Reading the book was like collecting puzzle pieces that slowly started to come together with every chapter I finished. I loved how Pearson took the characters to a remote village with no guarantee of outside help and let them figure out a way to save themselves. The action and constant threat of danger around the characters had me on the edge of my seat. I loved the characters too. Charles’ determination to find his niece, Jenna’s strength and defiance, Kaylie’s enthusiasm, and Richard’s unassuming appearance that made everyone he met underestimate him really pulled the whole story together. Richard, or Rex, and his tendency to over-analyze problems and social interactions in their situation proved to be their saving grace in the end and I couldn’t be happier with how cleanly the loose ends were tied up. This book kept me intrigued and hooked until the very end; truly amazing.