Reviewed by Clayton Bye
Good versus Evil in Australia…
From the age which Darkness ruled, The Ancient Ones prophesied of a time when the last descendant of The Gods would arise. Now, in the town of Winmont, the Ancient Legion has awakened to finish what was started many millennia ago. The fate of humanity is in the hands of One, but can he overcome the forces that dare to challenge the bloodline of the Gods?
The Chosen is a difficult book to review. An easy read which moves quickly and is chock full of paranormal events, the book just doesn’t live up to its potential. I checked out a number of other reviews, and while they were kind, they hinted at some of the problems I’m going to discuss.
Most of the story takes place inside the main character’s head. It might seem to the reader that the author is using third person limited as his view point, but every once in awhile the narrator makes an obvious and clumsy statement which has the potential to catapult the reader out of the story. So, it becomes apparent that C. A. Milson is actually using third person omniscient. This brings me to my second concern: if Milson writes in the omniscient, why doesn’t he use that distance to give us a clearer view of the world his hero (Alex) inhabits? Instead, he allows the story to unfold by telling us what Alex is feeling and experiencing, rather than showing us. This is a beginner’s mistake, and Milson, the author of at least 25 short stories, should know better. And, finally, we have the grammatical mistakes. They occur way too often; he mixes tenses, forgets periods and even drops words.
It’s a shame. Milson penned an interesting story in a unique voice.
Copyright © 2009, Clayton Bye