Reviewed by: Michael Thal
Approximate word count: 55-60,000 words
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David Matthiesen was educated in Texas and is currently the Director of Sales at Office Depot. One night he had an epiphany that culminated into Awakened.
Max, a fourteen year-old orphan has horrible nightmares where he has incredible powers capable of destroying the world. During his waking hours he has best friends Will and Chloe to center him. All this changes on Max’s 15th birthday when he is attacked by bullies and laid unconscious. When he awakens, Max is ten years older.
David Mattiesen’s debut book, Awakened: The Story of Maxwell Cain is a plot driven novel with non-stop action. The author makes the newbie error of telling too much and not showing enough, but the suspense expertly builds throughout the book keeping the reader’s interest. Pages will flip quickly as Max gets into one jam and out of another as he develops his magical skills. Readers interested in magic, fantasy, and the occult will love this work. By the way, the ending is a jaw-dropper.
No significant issues
Rating: **** Four stars