Illustration by Nicholas Lonprez, supplied by K.D. Delgado
Synopsis added curtesy of the author J (credit to K.D. Delgado)
Mesilithia is the first of a fantasy book series that will draw you in and take you to another world.
In modern day Texas, David and Katie’s lives are turned upside down by a stranger who attacks them and kidnaps Katie. David follows them, hoping to save his wife, only to find that the wife he once knew no longer exists…
Come along for the adventure of a lifetime, with Katie, David and Lord Wicket, as they battle the evil Snites to reclaim the land and try to find a way home. Will David be able to win back his wife’s heart, now that it belongs to Lord Wicket? Will they ever return home to their children? Or will they stay in Mesilithia forever?
The first book in The Mesilithia series, by K.D. Delgado.
So, I was asked to do a review of Mesilithia, a young adult fantasy book written by K.D. Delgato, published by Meizius Publishing. It is the first in it’s series and is available for purchase through Amazon.
I will state now that I was given a copy of the book to read in exchange for a review. No other form of compensation was given and I will give an honest review.
The plot itself is fantastic. It has a huge amount of potential to become an amazing series, fitting right in there with the likes of The Chronicle of Narnia and Akarnae. Travelling to other worlds through portals, with a twist of the whole angels vs demons war without the religious aspect. K.D. Delgato has a vivid imagination that has included folk lore with new twists and it will capture the imagination of young teens and kids. It’s something that I could enjoy and find myself needing to know what happens next.
But personally I feel that the style of writing is off slightly. While I love that it is simple to read, she’s not used a lot of words that will cause my kids to come in search of definitions (Names that she had made up, excluded). The lack of flourish with some of it fails the text. But that said, if the book was being aimed at older teens (I’m thinking 15 and up and adults). Yes, my oldest two are only 12 and 11, but they read well beyond their age group. They probably won’t read this and enjoy it as much as they do other books in the fantasy genre.
My 8 year old, however, will love this book. He will be able to grasp the language in it well, it’s simplified enough that he won’t lose his concentration and it will allow him to enhance the areas needed with his own imagination.
I am not saying that it’s suited for children. I’m more thinking the younger end of the young adult range. My 8 year old, like my other two, reads above his age group.
Mesilithia is a book that I would happily buy for him to read. It’s novella length will give him a sense of accomplishment as he moves through it quickly. The simplicity, as I mentioned before, will have him raving on about it like his older siblings do with Firstlife, The Hunger Games etc.
I personally hate judging people on writing styles. I believe everyone has their own voice, I hate having people tell writers how they should be writing. I think each writer will have their own fan base, as what suits one reader won’t suit another.
So in doing this review, while the style of writing didn’t appeal to me as much as I had hoped. I know others out there who will love it.
This book however, would be fantastic for those want a story that is short, sharp and shiny. There’s no messing around, no distractions. It gets to the point. And moves on with it. Almost every scene is necessary, there is not a lot of “fillers” as I call it. Random bits to lighten the mood or add to the word count.
I won’t make a comment on the cover as it’s currently being redesigned.
The grammar and punctuation was a let down. I know almost all books have something here or there that the reader picks up on. A missing comma or full stop, misspelt word. The Mortal Instruments had quite a few. And no author or editor is perfect. But there was more than I would like to see in a published book, including incorrect punctuation for dialogue. That said, I only figured out how it was meant to be set out last year. So I can’t complain too much. I don’t look at this as an issue with the author, more one for their editing and publishing team.
I did find the book confusing at times and a few sections I did have to re-read. There’s a scene where two of the characters meet up after being separated. And that’s great. But the following chapter then goes on to show one of them finding out that the other is in Mesilithia, taking place chronologically before the chapter prior to it. Then the chapter after carries on after the meeting takes place. It was confusing and would read so much better if it was cut and placed further up. Or something like, earlier that day… was added to the top of the chapter.
There was also some confusion with the gestures being made, people shook their heads in agreement. Personally, I thought they were saying no; until I realised otherwise.
Overall, the book has a lot of potential and those in the younger range of the young adult group will enjoy it. Especially if a few parts are clarified a bit better. There is definitely potential for the series to go places with a bit of tweaking. And it is one that I will keep my eyes out for as the series progresses. I give it three quills.
You can check out more on K.D. Delgato on her Facebook page and Twitter. Mesilithia can be found on Facebook and Amazon and the book trailer can be found on Youtube.
This review is my own thoughts; I am by no means endorsed for it. The book was supplied by the author, in exchange for the review.