Book Review | CENTURION by O.C. Shaw

3.5/5 stars

When everything you thought you knew about your life turns out to be a lie, who can you trust?
After witnessing his mother’s death Gabriel Smith finds himself orphaned and surrounded by strangers. Under the guardianship of an uncle he had never heard of, and convinced his mother was killed, Gabe struggles to deal with the loss of the life he knew. Thrown into the centre of a prophecy, in a world where power is everything, only his friendship with Emma gives him the strength he needs to face his future. Who are The Centurions? What is the Resurrection Prophecy? And what is the sacrifice Gabe will be asked to make? (c) Netgalley

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this novel!

I had a really hard time finding the right amount of stars to give this book. Because I did enjoy this novel, but there were some elements that just bothered me.

I liked Gabe as a character. He was funny and engaging, and he could think for himself. However, his immediate relationship with Emma was really offputting, and the way that they fell in love practically instantly felt too forced. But the way that Gabe’s perspective was written kind of made it a little better, because we could understand things from his point of view, and acknowledge his feelings.

Expanding on the writing style, I have to say I was surprised. It was very fluid and melodic, allowing readers to get absorbed into the world easily. The blending of fantasy and reality was seamless, creating a very realistic world and characters.

Not going to lie, even though I did enjoy the overall plot, there were moments in the book when I started to skim. Some parts were too drawn out for my preference. I did like the action sections though, because they weren’t so quick paced that I couldn’t understand anything. It was just at the right speed so that I was curious as to what was happening, but not completely lost.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to readers of fantasy. I would consider it more of a YA novel, although the writing style makes it possible for anyone to enjoy.


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