‘Come on, let’s get you home.’
The music in the car was loud, giving Benjamin time to ruminate on the evening. He liked the Ben who walked away from the fight with Cedric, and disliked the Ben on this All Hallows’ Eve.” – A Fool’s Journey: Book 1, The Magician by Mark Pannebecker
(I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
In the first part of the series, we’re introduced to Benjamin Porter and how he seems to be drawn to the idea of having a bad boy image. To be part of the gang, he starts to hang out with Craig, also known as The Magician and to act the part, he becomes introduced to the world of drugs and violence. Will he ultimately find solace in this world he craves or will he lose himself in the process of finding his own way?
I feel like a good part of us had moments growing up where we just wanted to fit in. Ben liked the whole bad boy image and started to do things he normally wouldn’t and I like how in a sense, we can relate to that in how we try to find ourselves in our teenage years—even in our adult years. I liked how we really got to visualize his journey from being a boy who’s attracted to the idea of being a bad-ass fighter in a gang to someone slowly realizing his full potential and questioning if his heart is truly in it. I loved the way the series is laid out in the order of Tarot Cards. I thought it was such a unique way to tell the story and start Ben’s overall journey. It even connected really well with the characters as the two main ones in this story symbolized characters of the Tarot.
This novelette was short and sweet but right to the point and an intriguing introduction to such a poignant series.
I’m rating it a 4 out of 5!