Title: Freiyon Fables
Author: Justin T. Hunt
Genre: Fantasy/Middle Grade
Rating: DNF – did not finish
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“The world of Freiyon! Magical, mysterious, frightening, clever, mystical! It’s a place where animals and trees can walk and talk like humans and magical beings and magical happenings can happen almost on a daily basis. And where one squirrel, escaped from a zoo in the Human World, is about to embark on the biggest travelling adventure of his life. Along the way he will encounter new friends, battle vicious enemies, solve odd puzzles and explore a vast amount of the magical world he finds himself in.”
Who’s driving this thing?
A squirrel called Micklang. Courageous, intelligent and very sociable with his animal friends. Along his journey he has his altar ego “warrior Micklang” who advises him and encourages him.
What’s this all about?
Confined to a zoo for most of his life, Micklang makes a final bid to escape one day. When he runs into a mystical purple mist, Micklang is transported to a fantastical world with sentient trees, pirate mice and territorial tigers. With the encouragement of warrior Micklang, Micklang sets out on an adventure in this new land.
Why the DNF?
Don’t get me wrong, the world of Freiyon was super imaginative and I enjoyed it. The world, the settings are great, for sure.
The problems for me started with the grammatical, formatting and spelling errors. Very little paragraphing and chapters stopping and starting at inappropriate times distracted from the read.
What made me put down the book in the end was the lack of a story arc. While the promise of a “warrior Micklang” emerging from all his adventures is present at the beginning, there is no other objective. The story is peppered with antagonists who are all easily beaten and by about the fourth bad guy, you can be fairly certain that Micklang or one of his friends is going to sort them out quickly.
Want to check it out?
This is just my opinion so if you want to check out Freiyon Fables for yourself, the link is right here.