Series: Island Legends #1
Author: Alex Pilalis
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Published: January 15th, 2016
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Age Recommendation: 16+
After awakening two years earlier as a fully grown man, James Island has managed to make a life for himself in the city he found himself in. Until the day a lost young alien named Evan Goodheart appears, claiming to be on a mission sent by the gods, who have named James as his aid.
Despite trepidation, James finds an affinity with the lost and bewildered Evan and takes it upon himself to help him find his way; all while attempting to maintain some order in the life he’s made and his construction work responsibilities. Throughout the course of the day James will come to realise the extent of Evan’s claims of their fates being entwined, as the truth of his unknown past is revealed to him.
Island Legends is set in a galaxy reeling from devastating wars, filled with countless alien species, a rich history of powerful magical forces and the interventions of many gods and dangerous spirits and demons constantly at war.
This is a sci-fi story about a young man who is living on an alien world, amid a multi-species culture (from across the galaxy), having suffered severe amnesia two years before. The fact that the main character is an amnesiac means that he is still bemused by things he sees and experiences and this view of a curious “two-year-old” is quite an effective way of describing and building an imaginative and complex (sometimes too complex, but I’ll get to that) world. The introduction of that world and the main character, James Island, is not rushed, built up slowly over several chapters, with characters that are interesting and likeable.
Apart from that, the plot moves at a moderate pace, keeping questions in mind that kept me interested enough, although at times I felt like I needed a chart to keep track of all the species and things going on in this world. The end left a few things open, suggesting that there might be more stories from James Island, but if I’m honest, I think I’ll leave them to be a mystery.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alex began his publishing journey with two children’s story books, “Three Wishes” and “Where Dreams May Go,” and was spurred on to write and create more.
As a big science fiction and fantasy fan, and heavily inspired by classic adventure stories such as The Lord of the Rings, the Star Wars films and Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Alex felt a great urge to tell his own story. Being an avid gamer, he spent the majority of his time growing up developing a video game adventure concept, and to this day has amassed hundreds of A4 pages, several filled notepads, dozens of word documents and a detailed Wiki, collecting all the ideas and images of the world as it progressed and became what it is today. Feeling the overwhelming need to bring the story to life and out into the ether, somehow, Alex decided to use his passion for writing and storytelling and turn the game into a novel, which has become Island Legends: The Awakening of James Island. Doing so has allowed him to delve into the character’s minds and bring them to life so much more than he ever thought possible back when he was designing hit-point percentages of sword attack combinations, and the result is a much more mature and complicated story than his younger mind could have ever conceived.
Originally from London, Alex currently lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
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