|*The author gave me an e-copy of this book for an honest review*|
Okay, so for those who are friends with me on Goodreads, I know I said I would put up reviews for An Amber in the Ashes, Never Never: Part Two and Unleashed, but I'm just so behind on my reviews and writing that I need that to just be on hold for just a little more.
I have to do this review first, actually, because the author kindly gave me an e-copy of Origins Rising for an honest review back in March... lol. It's been a while, so sorry Eric! I actually started it earlier but I was in a huge reading slump during that time and couldn't finish any of my books. Very frustrating. But I started this one again about a week ago and I've finished! I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised :) If you would like to get this book on Amazon, click here.
I have to say, reading a book with totally different species' was really weird. It didn't grab me at first because of how different everything was. But then I kept reading and I really enjoyed it. Eric has a very nice writing style that I can say I 100% enjoyed. It was refreshing to read a book with good, professional-ish writing instead of more laid-back writing. The way Eric describes places, animals and everything in between is incredible. He wrote so vividly that I could actually see what he was describing, no matter how weird the creature was or how action-packed an event was happening. I only wish I could write like that in my story.
What Eric also has is a good story-line. I think it was a very original. Eventually, I liked how he had different species' as his characters, because if he made them human, I feel like it would be like any other book with a boy saving the world. The love story behind it was in the background and I liked that. Because with everything going on, that should not be the main focus. I honestly wish he picked the other girl, for those of you who've read it, but I guess not everything can go my way ;)
I like the fact that all three races came together to fight the evil ones. The Feshwons are actually my favorite (but Kama is my favorite character) xD I don't know why but they seem like the most fun. Anyway, having them all come together was great, especially since the Erdwons and Skywons haven't seem much of them for a while and everyone thought that having the Erdwons and Skywons together would create total destruction on everyone (um... dramatic much?).
The ending was amazing. I liked the peacefulness of it all. I was really tense when I read the battle that after it, I felt so relaxed and satisfied. Haha. Still, I wanted Tor to pick the other one! Omg I totally forgot, but Flak! How could I ever forget him! Well, actually I could with everything he's done but still... at least he's satisfied with his ending.
Overall, obviously, I liked the book. It was really interesting and had me at the edge of my seat, surprisingly. I honestly didn't thin that I'd like it because of the whole 'different race' thing. But it was good! You guys should really read this if you like action-y books without a lot of a love story behind it :) 4/5 stars for Eric! Thank you again for letting me read and review your book! I'm so sorry again for writing this so late!