Title: The Brothers Locke Episodes 1 – 8
Author: K C Hunter
Review: I loved how this collection was told in episodes and the first episode Solas was amazing it introduced us to some amazing characters like Perry; a security officer in a shopping center in pursuit of a thief. We are also introduced to Avidity, the largest city in the western part of the Dea and the thief turns out to be one of the brothers Locke who are identical triplets; Sharp, Echo and Mouth. These boys are very smart, cunning and very humorous. I love the fact all the brother has a disability of some sort and use it to their advantage rather than letting it be a hindrance. Sharp is unable to speak, but has perfect eyesight, Echo is blind but has amazing hearing he can hear everything from radio waves to the communication of animals and finally Mouth Locke is hard of hearing but possesses a voice that could shake buildings.
The brothers after the deal for their heist goes bad are recruited by Solas run by Dana and they seems to wants whatever the triplets stole. The world is a definitely cross between fantasy including horrid creatures that roam the night in search of dinner and sci-fi/dystopian with the slightly desolate wastelands and the technology and ingenuity the characters use to survive. The opening to the second episode has a distinctly dark feel to it and Perry’s story line takes a serious nose-drive and despite now even begin a 1/4 of the way into the series collection I was on the edge of my seat. I also liked the developing relationship between Dana and Sharp as she seems to understand the struggle Sharp faces at being invisible.
As we approach the 1/4 mark in the novel, Dana and Sharp have been separated from the rest of Solas and have to make their way alone to the next check point but the Solas team are facing some trails of their own. As we cross the 1/4 mark in the series a new foe is introduced in the form of sky pirates and Captain Horsefly who wants to use the Locke brothers skills to retrieve some gold for him that was stolen from him by The Miscellany who they stole something very valuable from at the beginning of episode 1. One thing I have to say at this point is I am completely in love with K C Hunter’s writing and the cover art for each episode is just divine and I can’t wait to read some other works by this author. I love seeing the contrasting story lines between the Solar team and The Miscellany working against each other and time.
As we approach the half way point in the series we begin to see underlying threads of the plot leading us to believe the Solas’ involvement in the Locke brothers lives was accident or coincidence but rather a very carefully laid out plan. The brothers end up at the Pharracrop in the East a far cry from the desolate wasteland of the West. As we cross into the second half of the series things take a strange turn once again when the strange creations sanctioned by the Miscellany attack Pharracrop and take back the Spire and its key. Solas and the brother now have the mission of retrieving these items before they fall into the wrong hands. As some truths and true allegiances are revealed things become darker and more lives are on the line than ever and I have a feeling that the Locke brothers are going to be the key to it all.
As we cross into the final section of the series and the final episode Bando and the other have reached the Spire dragging Dana with them and the Locke brothers close behind, now its a race against time. The closer and the closer Bando get to the Spire the more hope Dana begins to lose believing that no one is coming to rescue her as the brothers in pursuit are facing many obstacles slowing them down. The final showdown between the sparring side was amazing the so many different side battles going on it is hard to keep your focus trained on one character for very long. The last 30 pages were absolutely brilliant I love how Hunter perfectly blends fantasy with reality, magic with spirituality and everything in between so flawlessly that you just fly through each episode with such ease and it isn’t until you read the final sentence that everything sinks in all at once. Overall I highly recommend this novel to all lovers of fantasy, sci-fi and action novels. It was perfectly written with some amazing characters all of which are unique with distinct personalities, morals and voices or in one case lack of.
This book was sent to me for review consideration by YA Bound Book Tours
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