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Review : Seal of Solomon by Golden Czermak


***ARC Provided by the Author for an Honest Review***

The first Journeyman Series book by Golden Czermak took me out of my comfort zone of ‘guaranteed to please’ type of genres by introducing to me an intriguing, well thought out story line about a group of humans / non humans saving the world against demons (Noctis). 

I have to admit that this was a paranormal story I actually enjoyed, and when the opportunity arose to review on his next installment – Seal of Solomon, I fought my way to the top to get my hands on it.... LoL.

The first one – Homeward Bound, left me heartbroken when it ended, and as you do when someone is suffering, my heart hurt for Gage Crosse when he lost Ady. I was definitely excited when I found that this next one picked up exactly where that one ended, because I had only just finished Homeward Bound, and was ready to dive straight in.

This story line for me was amazingly creative, and defined, and extremely well written. It had a pull that I have only experienced in one other series - The Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice. I say that, because as I have mentioned before, I don’t really get into paranormal stories. There has to be something about the actual story line that draws me in from the very first chapter, otherwise I lose interest. 

Seal of Solomon had that ‘something’ and I struggled to put it down. What impresses me the most, is when an author has the creative ability to draw their readers in, as though they are living that life with their characters. Golden did just that with this book, portraying every emotion clearly, forcing his readers to travel that same emotional roller coaster as his character. It had you hooked from the first word to the very last. 

I started this story following Gage and Joey as they traveled to New York to unlock secrets about artifacts discovered, but I also got a broader insight into many of the other Journeyman who are part of the order as well. I also really enjoyed the view into the Noctis, and how Golden somehow created ‘a story within a story’ feel about them, and their world. 

I became addicted to the complexity of the story line, and the progression it made to build it up so that you as a reader never really have the chance to get bored. The other thing I enjoyed was the prospect that there is so many opportunities for Golden to advance in different directions with his characters. The idea of that is exciting in itself. 

Overall it was the twists and turns that had me sitting on the edge of my seat, cramming as much in as possible in one sitting to see what was going to happen next. Each chapter brought something I wasn’t expecting, which for me made it a gripping novel and one I would be only too happy to recommend.

This is a five star read for me.

Reviewed by Stacey J