A grown-up version of Harry Potter meets Sherlock Holmes, Benney’s magical world of timeless wonder is truly a phenomenal read.
In this time-travel fantasy novel, an unlikely bunch is thrown together to solve the mystery of the missing Holstein when local celebrity Daniel Wesley’s bovine mascot disappears into thin air at a yearly festival. Throw in an out of work cop on the hunt for a werewolf, and a witch who feels responsible in a roundabout way, and you’re in for one wild adventure full of twists and turns, not necessarily in that order.
There are a lot of great things to say about this book. First of all, the writing is hilarious. I can’t even count how many times I commented “lol” from my Kindle, and this is all the way throughout. In fact, I found the entire book to be consistently well-written, both in grammar and plot, throughout as well. The story kept moving, the pacing was spot on, and I was hooked from start to finish.
There are so many characters in this book that I just love, and you get to follow a good number of them throughout the story. I think my favorite character of all would have to be Absolom, the Sempiternal, who has lived a great many lifetimes. Although, even more brilliant, is the character of History itself, who makes numerous appearances like some kind of living being who watches down on all things as they happen, happened, or will happen… for time is relative, you know?
I love how this book makes you really have to think! And just when you think you’ve got things figured out, here comes a twist and you’ve got to keep reading to find out what happens next.
The end of the book, while it tied up the biggest issue at hand, still left some things open to transition nicely into a second book, which I will definitely be looking for.
It’s books like this one that gives Indie a good name.
What Could Use Some Work:
In all honesty, the cover of the book was not very appealing to me, nor was the title, though now that I’ve read it, I can see how they both sort of fit. I think with at least a 2nd edition cover, this book would be flying off the shelves or climbing its way up the Amazon best seller charts.
EDIT: Mr. Benney has updated his book cover, and quite frankly, I like it lots better!!
Overall, I think we can expect great things from Mr. Benney, and I will definitely be watching for his new releases in the future… which some may say has already happened. 😉