“gripping and entertaining” – Review of Unity of Seven on Risingshadow

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

On Risingshadow.net, Seregil of Rhiminee has just reviewed Peter R. EllisUnity of Seven, the final volume in the Evil Above the Stars trilogy. Having previously read and enjoyed the first two volumes Seventh Child and The Power of Seven (which he also reviewed, see here and here) Seregil was very pleased to read Unity of Seven which he describes as “a fantastic final entry” in this “intriguingly different and compelling fantasy trilogy”.

Seregil admits that he is hard to please when it comes to YA fantasy because too many are clichéd and concentrate on annoying elements of paranormal romance; fortunately, he says, Peter R. Ellis has had the “courage to step out of the comfort zone that so many YA fantasy authors occupy and has created a story that feels fresh and exciting due to its Celtic and ancient elements that have nothing in common with teenaged girls falling in love with vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters.” He adds that Peter “writes classic epic YA fantasy in a modern and entertaining way” and that Unity of Seven is a modern fantasy novel yet it “has an old-fashioned charm to it that is lacking from many new YA fantasy novels”.

Another reason why he enjoyed this novel, Seregil says, is Peter’s “ability to write intriguingly about the Omniverse and elements related to time travel” in an “informative, but not too scientific a way so that readers will easily comprehend what he’s writing about”. These elements of science fiction are “charming, because you don’t normally find anything like this in modern YA fantasy”. In fact, Seregil says, Unity of Seven has “a good dash of imagination and originality”, because Peter “blends YA fiction, fantasy, science fiction, cosmology and Celtic elements in a satisfyingly unique and complex way”.

Seregil commends Peter’s writing style, which is “gripping and entertaining” and “delightfully vivid”, and says that it “will please YA readers, because it’s accessible and easy to read” and because Peter “writes well about things that concern his target audience”. The book is “delightfully different and original” and manages to “combine different elements in a fascinating way” to create “a good story” that is “an original vision of battle between good and evil, seen through the eyes of a teenaged girl”. He goes on to say “September is an interesting and realistic protagonist, because she’s not your normal kind of a beautiful heroine who charms everybody with her looks and falls in love with a charming hero or prince. She’s an actual human being who is a normal person with her own problems”.

Seregil concludes by recommending Unity of Seven to “young adult readers and adult readers alike” because it will charm both readerships with its “genuinely intriguing story and well-created protagonist”, a “different kind of a YA story” that will fascinate readers of all ages.