Vero Rising

An Ether Novel, #1

The author of this tale has created a good beginning to a series of books, yet it does have a major drawback to it. The pacing of this tale drags this story down to a walking pace and takes forever to get going. Even when you get to the actions scenes they just fade out. I do, however, love the world building of “The Ether”. I could almost imagine angels, maltures (demon-like creatures), and other ethereal creatures living there. I become fond of the main character of this tale, Vero, and his friends. I also liked the conflict Vero had in the story; deciding to save the boy who is starting to have a relationship with the girl they both like. On the other hand, I wish the author had written more scenes featuring Uriel, Arch-Angel Michael, and other famous angels.

What would you do if you suddenly woke up in a place where you see fruit the size of basketballs and are told by angels that you are going to be a guardian angel if you finish training? Vero never expected in his wildest dreams to be told that, yet he always knew he was not like other kids because he could jump over two hurdles at one time on a track field and could see inhuman creatures who wanted to kill him. Can Vero finish his training or will he die before that?

Overall: Great world building and characters, but it needs work on the pacing.

Book Blurb for Vero Rising

The Fiercest of Warriors? Vero Leland always suspected he was different from others his own age, ever since his childhood attempts to fly. But he never could have predicted the truth---or how much his life was about to change. Soon after his twelfth birthday, Vero learns he is a guardian angel and is abruptly transported to the Ether, the spiritual realm that surrounds the earth. Yet before he can be counted among these fierce warriors, Vero must learn to master his growing powers, competing with other angels-in- training and battling demonic creatures known as maltures as well as mythical creatures such as the leviathan. Until his instruction is complete, Vero needs to alternate between the Ether and his regular life. If he survives training and accepts his destiny---a destiny he did not choose---he must leave everything behind, including his family and the life he loves. Meanwhile, an evil is growing---the maltures are rising, and Vero appears to be their target.

Age Range: 8 - 12 years

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2014 3.00