Random Fiction

The Rise of Jonathan Flite by Matthew J. Beier

I read and reviewed the previous works of the series: here

This is one of the most complex and expansive books I’ve had an opportunity to read. I read the first two books after they languished on my shelf for a while. I had since forgotten that this would be a longer series and when I saw this next, I ended up reading it early enough that I won’t be able to read the next any time soon!
Although this was a good solid book, I felt like parts of it were iterations of what we already knew, and I did not enjoy the twists as much as the previous two. I still look forward to the next, but still.
There are so many paths to this story that it is hard to describe the meandering routes that the narrative takes, but since I have tried before, I will try again.
I would never recommend reading this without reading the previous ones. However, given the back and forth nature of things, if you are adventurous, you can actually read them out of order.
There are a few people who are in the present time, telling us the unfolding of events and some of the things they are uncovering. Parallelly, we are shown events that may or may not be related to the revelations that we saw. Every time I thought I got what had occurred, I found myself interested in yet another issue that had not been resolved yet. This is not for the impatient reader. There is nothing there for someone who needs all the answers as soon as possible. With each chapter, sometimes we dig ourselves deeper into an issue.
This focuses a lot more on the particular section of the past when the people who believed in ghosts started to voice their views, and the concept of the moon woods helping channel that energy is further inspected. Moon woods is the area where a bunch of teenagers disappeared (that story will get revealed in this instalment). Many years later, a boy is born with all their memories, and this drives him to lash out. He has since been punished for his crimes, and he wants to help uncover the truth with his band of friends and family. There have always been these other people in the background working silently on the issue and now have general support to bring their investigation to light.
At one point, there was a blanket statement that said all religious texts were anti-science, which is not exactly true, but it works for the plotline, so it does not matter that much.
A lot of introspection and retrospection go along with the plotline, letting us invest a lot more in the individuals that make up this whole story. I have only read fantasy fiction with wars and magic that has this kind of a reach. Times overlap and information add on layer by layer, even when you think there’s nowhere else to go. It should feel chaotic, but it did not!
I would like to know how much more story there is left in this series because there are supposedly going to be many more books.
I would recommend this to readers who want to try something different, but once with a little patience if they want to see this through to the end(however unique that’s going to be)!
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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