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Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle #1) by Adam Silvera Book Review

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WHAT DID I JUST READ!?

That was hands down one of the best fantasy books I have read in a very long time. No wonder it took Adam Silvera over 10 years to write it and you know what? Those 10 years haven’t gone to waste! This book was simply GLORIOUS and I think everyone will be talking about it after its release. The characters were there, the storyline was there, the powers were there and my god were stakes raised high!

To begin with the book is about two brothers, Emil and Brighton who idolise the Spell Walkers, a superhero group to rid the world of specters, beings that drain the power of magical creatures. Brighton wants a power of his own while Emil just wants the fighting to stop. One day Emil manifests his own power putting him right into the heart of the conflict and as the Spell Walker his brother always wanted to be.

I have no idea what to say! The characters were amazing and you could really distinguish between Emil’s and Brighton’s narrative voices (there were other voices however they were short-ish or their voices didn’t appear in most of the novel) I found myself loving Brighton the most at the start. He was so funny and optimistic that it was hard not to fall in love with his character however I don’t know if I can 100% forgive him for what he did at the end. I also liked Emil but he seemed much more darker and quieter I think he also had a bit of anxiety from the pressures of being “the chosen one.” However his character was also gay and instead of making it a huge statement, it was kind of slotted in there and just a fully accepted fact.

In most fantasy’s its hard to keep up with what the characters just did, how it will help them solve their big problem and what they are going to do now but with Infinity Son I found I could keep up with the whole storyline. It was paced nicely and it appealed to a favourite fantasy genre of mine: urban fantasy which is fantasy set in a present day setting. I think this was a nice touch and it worked really well for Silvera.

The only issue I had with this book was probably the romance. There wasn’t any kissing or anything like that (if that’s what you wanted you have to wait until 2021) but there was just some sexual tension forming between two characters. I knew from the get go that something would bloom between these two but I did doubt whether it would be in Infinity Son or not. The book for the majority seemed neutral at hinting at any sort of romantic bond or attraction on behalf of both Emil and Brighton but for one of them I wanted the romance to slowly increase more and then build up more and more in later books. That being said, romance was more side-lined and the book focused mainly on the fantasy elements of which I was very happy about. I loved the idea of Celestials and Specters and Spell Walkers oh and don’t forget the phoenixes! This book really does have potential in the future and I know it will definitely become popular… next week and the weeks beyond.

Thank you to the State Library of Victoria and Inside A Dog for giving me a copy

ACTUAL RATING: 4.8 STARS

10 comments

inky State Library Victoria

Phew! I know you were excited about this one so I'm glad it delivered!

2w ago
sylvs

It definitely did! Thanks for sending a copy my way Inky <3

2w ago
guppy

Wow! Great review! This sounds like a really cool book

2w ago
sylvs

Trust me it is! You definitely need to get a copy once it's released XD

2w ago
sekhmet

Ten years?! I love fantasy so looking forward to reading this...

2w ago
sylvs

Yup ten years. I was also really shocked about that too but it's definitely not uncommon. Stephanie Garber spent 7 years writing Caraval. Imagine how many times those stories would've had to be manipulated again and again to make sure it makes sense.

2w ago
sekhmet

In reply to sylvs

I love Caraval! No wonder it’s so good.

2w ago
sylvs

In reply to sekhmet

You bet :D

2w ago
zitongbooks

Ooooh, sounds great! Another book/series that took a long time to write is the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson where the idea for the first book started 20 years before The Way Of Kings was actually published.

2w ago
sylvs

Whoaaaaa it takes such a long time to write a book! I don't know if I even have that much patience!

2w ago