What a stellar beginning to first-time novelist Spencer Labbe's career. The Castaway King Chronicles is sure to be Hollywood's next big YA franchise. Not straying too far from the storytelling formulas that resonate with his target demographic, Labbe still manages to create a unique and complex world with nuanced characters and action-packed adventure. A MUST READ, for sure!
This is a story of a young elfin, Pil Persins. In the beginning, we find Pil Persins questioning about the life of an elfin. The elfin have lived underground for more than hundreds of years, hiding from the dangers from the above. But only a selected few go above for the resources which are required for their survival. Pil and his two best friends Felicity Falon and Dunken Dirk want to join this elite group. In order to do that, they register themselves for the trials to join the Exidite. They dream of a better life for themselves and their family members. Thus the adventure begins from there.
The book was a fast paced book. I mean really fast paced then I’m used to. Every turn of the page, the author thrown in so many twist and turns. Every chapter there was something new happening or a character is being introduced. It’s an action packed book, but I felt it needed to be a little slowed down so the story could have been developed.
Character wise, they were good. Pil Persins, being the main was well perceived as smart and has presence of mind. But, my favourite was Felicity Falon. She is brave, strong and smart. She is fierce. Brixton, another character, somehow reminded me of young Draco, from Harry Potter.
Some parts of the story are not explained or you may say unexplained for a reason. If you are going to have a series, I guess that’s required. The final twist towards the end of the book was quite surprising.
For a debut, I think this series has quite a potential. I’m looking forward to read more about this fantasy world of elfin created by Spencer Labbe. To know what lies in the future for Pil Persins and the elfin world.
My ratings: 4.5/5