Monday, February 4, 2013

Review: The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman

Lets get to know The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman:

The first time his father disappeared, Tucker Feye had just turned thirteen. The Reverend Feye simply climbed on the roof to fix a shingle, let out a scream, and vanished — only to walk up the driveway an hour later, looking older and worn, with a strange girl named Lahlia in tow. In the months that followed, Tucker watched his father grow distant and his once loving mother slide into madness. But then both of his parents disappear. Now in the care of his wild Uncle Kosh, Tucker begins to suspect that the disks of shimmering air he keeps seeing — one right on top of the roof — hold the answer to restoring his family. And when he dares to step into one, he’s launched on a time-twisting journey— from a small Midwestern town to a futuristic hospital run by digitally augmented healers, from the death of an ancient prophet to a forest at the end of time. Inevitably, Tucker’s actions alter the past and future, changing his world forever.

I didn't know this was a series until JUST NOW when I looked at GoodReads, and that does explain the ending.........cliffhangers people.
  • Originality:  8.  Time travel, we have seen it, but this was like Vonnegut's Tralfamadorians of Slaughter House 5 meets teenage destiny. 
  • Absurdity: 9.  Ok, accept that we are time traveling with an alien race through portals.  Things are weird, and not fully explained.  And then the whole Jesus story line...I actually stopped and thought, is this a religious book?  I persevered  but think that it is not, but then again, not entirely sure either...
  •  Paranormal Romance: 2.  Low, there is too much going on in this book, there is zero time for romance.
  •  Harry Potterness.  5. It is good, different, confusing, and a cliff hanger.  This book does not give you an ending really, so Pete, when are we getting book 2?


  1. I've never heard of this book before, but wow does it look original. If I have a chance to read it I definitely will. I loved your Slaughter House 5 reference!

  2. If you like time travel check out the Named by Marianne Curley. I remember loving it, but it was also the only series I read for several months and I haven't read it recently.

    I am intrigued by your confusion over the Jesus storyline, but happy to hear that the book ultimately left you wanting the sequel.

  3. Book Two, The Cydonian Pyramid, will be released in May. Video here: The third and final book is coming in spring, 2014.


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