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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
In The Tomb of Nod by B.R. Stevens, Talina, the main character, has to move to her grandfather after she lost her twin sister and her parents in a terrible car accident. After the long bus drive, her arrival isn’t what she expected. First, her grandfather does not pick her up and she has to walk to his house, and then she finds a note at the door which tells her that he’s out and sorry. And that she should stay out of the garden. Talina then finds out that her sister’s diary has been taken from her while she was on the bus! Fortunately, the thief goes to her new school. But then the real problems begin. Talina finds the gate to a different world – a world that seems to be connected to her family, especially her sister and grandfather. When Talina steps through the gate, she arrives in a tower where she is suddenly chased by others because they think she’s a demon. The real adventure begins and Talina meets a variety of fascinating, not always friendly characters. Some think she’s a demon, some think she’s an angel. But for Talina only one thing matters: survival and finding out what happened to her grandfather.
I didn’t want The Tomb of Nod to end, especially because it’s book 1 of a series and would most likely end with a cliffhanger. And book 2 isn’t out yet! I loved this book. It gave me some hours of real reading joy. For the first time in ages, I felt like an author managed to draw me into a world that reminded me of how magical it felt to read Tolkien’s books for the first time. There’s just that special feeling that you get when a fantasy world resonates with you. I enjoyed the characters, the different races, the plot, and the way there is more than one conflict between races and single characters. In addition, Stevens is one of the few fantasy authors who manages to write an exciting story without relying on cheesy elements or a large amount of gore and naked skin. I really hope book 2 won’t be too far away and that this author will have a long career with many, many more books to come!