Publication Date: January 6, 2014
Anthony Griggs was an abused child who fell deep into introspection as an adult. When he starts seeing things that aren’t there—people in trouble that he knows can’t exist—Anthony recognizes that he has a problem. Or does he? Is there a world that he can’t see and simply could not have fathom exists? When the war comes to this secret world, will Anthony stand up and be accounted?
The author, Brandon J. Hall, gave me a copy of his novel as an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my review. Content may have changed by the time of publication.
Hall takes on a lot in [easyazon-link asin=”B00HHIHNZI” locale=”us”]Inception (Neuralian Chronicles: The Siede)[/easyazon-link]. He rewrites the history of the planet using what is commonly accepted with new motivations for why those events happen. The Neuralians not only rewrite the history of the planet but mythology as well and that is the aspect that plays the biggest part in this novel. The premise is that we all evolved from this race, but most of us are too muddied to understand. We have lost the ability to live forever or communicate through thought. Rather like the idea of enlightenment, only the highest forms still have a glimmer of the former being. There are Neuralians still around, and they exist in mythology as it was known across the ancient world.
There are a number of characters in this novel and Hall manages to keep distinct. Some perhaps rely on what we already know of them. Loki, for example, is a trickster. He’s insidious and the character played in the movie “Thor” by Tom Huddleston would be in line with the character in Hall’s novel. Anthony Griggs is framed early on through introspection before the mystery of the novel begins, and Hall gives us a character that has survived extraordinary odds. He is looking for that higher purpose, and when he finds it, the purpose is life and death in a very literal sense.
I have to commend Hall on the pacing of [easyazon-link asin=”B00HHIHNZI” locale=”us”]Inception (Neuralian Chronicles: The Siede)[/easyazon-link]. The flow of the story is masterful. This is a tale that could have been easily bogged down in minutia but Hall kept his narrative moving with graceful impact and economical phrasing. The action, though fast-moving, loses nothing in translation.[easyazon-link asin=”B00HHIHNZI” locale=”us”]Inception (Neuralian Chronicles: The Siede)[/easyazon-link] is a great fantasy novel. It is engaging, interesting and takes us just outside the edges of our world to a new existence. If you like mythology mixed with the modern world and rewritten history, you cannot go wrong with [easyazon-link asin=”B00HHIHNZI” locale=”us”]Inception (Neuralian Chronicles: The Siede)[/easyazon-link].
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Brandon J. Hall is a Detroit-based author and artist whose work has been exhibited at the prestigious Detroit Institute of Art.