Across the Face of the World
Author: Russell Kirkpatrick
Today I bring to you another one of the books I had picked for me from our library. I have to warn you that this book is a big one, with 671 pages, so it might take a while to read. I have to admit, that out of the 10 books the library picked for me, I opted to read this one first because of the cover. I know! Don't judge a book by the cover! But, I am just one of those people who are attracted by a book cover. So to all you budding authors out there, make sure you make the cover interesting. One type of book cover that just doesn't draw my interest, but seems popular at the present, is those with the title printed one word per line right down the cover - stop it! I want to see some imagination on the cover before I open it. If you can't put something interesting on the cover then how can I expect something interesting inside the pages? 💁
Back to the topic at hand....
This book is the first in a trilogy which I should have taken note of before I got half way through and was totally hooked to the plot. I will be reading the next book in this series because I can't stop at the end of this one, it was just too good.
I would say that to a degree this book reminded me a little of the 'Lord of the Rings' series. And no, I am not going to even try to compare the two mainly because I have yet to be convinced I that I even like the Lord of the Rings - I tried reading it once and just couldn't see the hype, but may try again one day because the set does sit on my bookcase.
The best thing about this book was the descriptive writing of the scenes. I took a look at some other reviews (about half way through reading the book) and found some people didn't like the map making descriptive aspect of Russell Kirkpatrick's writing. I did. I envisioned the journey with clarity and precision which in turn made me feel a part of the book. I turned page after page to see where the characters would be taken, where they would meet again, and where/when they would meet their triumph or doom.
I could put this book into a "just another generic plot" category and in some ways I would be correct. But, there is still that little thing grabbing me to continue reading the second in the series, so it must be a good read. Why? For me it was the descriptive writing rather than the average 'he said, she said, they said' gabble that adorns many books on the market today. Give me vision in the pages so I can enter the world that has been created by the author! This is what 'Across the Face of the World' gave me.
Stay tune in and I will get the next book from the library and tell you whether I continue to find this trilogy worth of reading.
This was available from: Fishpond