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Review of Whispers – Book One – Yggdrasil Children

            Whispers – Book One – Yggdrasil Children, by Allen Neil Ortiz, starts off with a bang. With the very first sentence of the prologue, the reader is drawn into a world of chaos and terror through the eyes of an unnamed child. As the book continues, we meet both members of a secret military organization and a group of seemingly normal college students, though we quickly learn that these kids are anything but average.

            Between Veronica Cassidy’s recon team, and Aden Kerr’s students, the reader discovers a complex world where myth and magic are very much part of reality. Ortiz has created his own mythology based on Christian, Greek, Norse and Gaelic legends, wrapping together all the stories we learned as children into a new reality. With a few touches of pseudo-science here and there, we’re introduced to people who can talk to phoenixes, machines, natural elements, plants, animals, angels and demons. Some can even alter reality with the power of dreams.

            As a general rule, I don’t like science fiction, but I loved this. Why? Because Ortiz’s story is character-centered. He takes a motely group of young adults, each one unique in their own way, and he makes me care about every one of them. That’s not something I see often enough in science fiction these days. More often than not, I’m find myself bored with robots and aliens. Space ships are cool and all, but they don’t have much heart. And that’s what Ortiz gave to his characters (even non-human ones): he gave them compelling backstories and personalities. In a word: soul.

            By the end of the book, I’d laughed, been forced to the edge of my seat, and even teared up on several occasions, because the characters were so compelling. Any time one of them had something to celebrate, I found myself rooting along with them. When the recon members or students felt sadness, my heart ached for them. And that, I feel, is the mark of great story telling. You can have nice scenery and cool weapons or whatever, but if you can’t make me care about your characters, what’s the point?

            Though Allen Neil Ortiz is a newcomer to the literary world, he’s placed a solid foot in the door to greatness with Whispers – Book One – Yggdrasil Children, and this reader can’t wait until book two reveals even deeper mysteries about these characters and this new version of reality. I wholeheartedly give it five stars, and I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something new and compelling.

           And, seriously, how can you not love this cover art by the author’s own sister, Amanda Ortiz?

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  1. wade dickinson
    September 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Hey, I know that guy!

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