Thursday, September 8, 2011

REVIEW: Blackstone: Drawing the Circle by Jason Beineke

book cover of Blackstone: Drawing the Circle by Jason Beineke
Title: Blackstone: Drawing the Circle
Author: Jason Beineke
Date Published: January 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Page Count: 320 pages
Challenge: E-Book Challenge
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

Summary (From Goodreads):  Blackstone is a mercenary sorcerer who does not rule any valleys and has yet to be bound to another sorcerer. Undertaking work for the sorceress queen, Spiral, he finds himself the expendable pawn in an assassination mission. Turning against the queen he fights Spiral’s loyal sorcerers and finds himself tasked with the guardianship of the marked man’s son. As the two flee from Spiral they have to work through their mutual bitterness and distrust of each other. A new tangle is thrown into their relationship when Blackstone frees a werewolf from her cage set in a town square and reverts the werewolf back to a young woman, cursed since childhood with lycanthropy. 
Fleeing from the townsfolk who had previously kept the young werewolf, Loralune, captive, the three person band must confront Loralune’s transformation under the full moon, the posse that runs them to ground and a sorceress looking for revenge against Hiroe and Blackstone. Survival against these threats leaves them vulnerable to other, more insidious dangers.

My Thoughts:  I'm a fantasy lover and this seemed like it was just up my alley.  Plus there's werewolves and all kinds of neat things, right?  It's a lot more than that.
As Blackstone and Hiroe set out on their journey you really get a sense of their bitterness towards each other and the distrust that Hiroe has towards all sorcerers.  However, as the journey keeps going, you really see that relationship evolve, which was one of the things that I loved about this book.  

Now, I'll go ahead and say that normally, I can predict plot twists.  I can predict them in movies and I can predict them in books, but I did not see the plot twist that happens in this one.  It was a great twist, not one of those twists that you don't see coming because they don't make any sense.  The twist at the end really makes you connect with the characters more as well and it gets pretty intense.
Beineke also does a fantastic job on describing the settings and the characters so I was really transported into the setting and the story.

Overall, it was a great book.  It's supposed to be the first in a series, so Jason, get crackin on the sequel!  I want to see what happens to my trio next!  4 out of 5 stars!

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