on April 4, 2018 :
"The Wanted Child" is an amazing read. Aneeka Richins combines the world building of Tolkien, the apocalypse-driven story-telling of Terry Brooks, and just a touch of the self-debasing humour of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams to create a fun, tireless fantasy adventure you won't want to put down. After I started reading I had to struggle not to stay up all night with it, something that hasn't happened since I read A Song of Ice and Fire. I completely devoured the book in 2 days and immediately looked for the next book in the series when I finished.
Richins has a similar writing style to that of Rob Balder of Erfworld, introducing the rules of the world one at a time to increase reader interest, building expectations and then subverting them in a highly enjoyable way.
Critically, Richins would have benefited from another editing pass for a few spelling and grammatical mistakes and there were some sentence constructions that could have been stronger, but the realistic characters and overall quality of the writing is superb.
I fully recommend this book to readers of all ages, it will engross you and you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Aug. 22, 2016 :
Very much worth reading.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
on Dec. 8, 2012 :
Aneeka's storytelling provides great depth and insight into the world of her book. Without rushing into things, she builds up her characters persona's throughout the book, so that the person you see in chapter 1 or 2 is most definitely not the same person you see when you reach chapter 27.
A sad story, but definitely one that anyone will enjoy!
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on Dec. 2, 2012 :
Pretty good first novel, in my opinion better (at least at this point) than the webcomic from the same author though that may simply be due to the difference of pace between mediums. This book showcases a rich universe with at least a bit of depth, I really wish to see a sequel so we can better explore this world.
A lot is left to us to make sense of but that isn't a handicap if the sequel(s) develop the unclear points. Our "heroin" is labouring under exceptional conditions during most of the book, it would be nice to see how she roll usually (as much as there's anything usual about her condition !).
In conclusion, this is definitely worth reading and I look forward to other novels from this author full of potential.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Nov. 6, 2012 :
Reading this is incredibly addicting, you must be ready to devote several hours to sitting down and reading this entire thing in one go. You can't even just read a sample!
I then stayed up until 3 in the morning to read the entire thing.
No work was done that night. No regrets.
Simply put, Aneeka is an author who has boundless potential. If her stories are this good already I am hungry for what is to come. In the book you want what Ki wants: a happy ending for everyone. You want Ki to beat and defy and outsmart everyone so that all her pain and sacrifice isn't for nothing. And you'll want to slap the Blessed. I know I want to.
The story very quickly proves it has layers of depth and meaning and is not your average "cute demon slayer girl type" story. It is definitely worth a read, and I will be reading it again soon.
Just remember to be wary, this book will possess you like a ranked demon and you will lose the ability to stop reading. You have been warned. Happy reading!
(reviewed the day of purchase)