Fractured Past – Book Review
Fractured Past (Part 1) by D.E. Chapman
Genre: High Fantasy
Author and Bio:
D.E. Chapman is the author of A Talnarin Novel Series. She first started writing Fractured Past, book one in the series, after a vivid dream one night in early April 2017. From there, the vague idea took off and it’s been amazing rollercoaster since.
When D.E. Chapman’s not writing, she’s usually on social media saying hello, reading or rereading the plethora of novels she owns, playing video games, or giving her cat and dog lots of love! D.E. Chapman also loves spending time with her family so she’s visiting as often as she can.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid to say hello, she would love to hear from you! The best place to reach her is through her FB page, twitter, or her contact page on her website!
Alanna isn’t sure what she is anymore.
After the experiments, she’s cursed with a power she can’t control. Now, Alanna must seek out the very species that ruined her life; the talnarins. These creatures are capable of doing things no human can do, but she’s desperate for their help.
Alanna finds herself in an unknown world, her very existence a threat. Now she needs to prove her innocence or she stands to lose her entire life’s purpose…revenge.
Recommended for 18+ due to profanity, dark themes, and violence.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Fractured Past is D. E. Chapman’s debut novel. High fantasy is not normally a genre I read, but I was fascinated by the synopsis and the cover of this novel is stunning!
The novel begins where Alanna has found herself in an unfortunate situation where she is on the run from Them. They and Them–as referred to in the book–are the Talnarin’s. They are a species with pigmented eyes and pointy ears. A different color eye pigment refers to a different strength you may have. There are four different strengths (that are written about historically), plus a golden one, which is a specialized one, and then … Alanna–a different eye color and species all together.
As a reader, you learn that there are five species in the world. Humans and Talnarin’s are only two. Alanna is the beginning of a sixth species–the premise of the series. Chapman has created this incredible world where there are different ranks and villages that seem rather far and deserted from each other. For example, her human village is quite different from another human village she comes across. And there are certain things that she is unfamiliar with, like, a library or knowing what a collar is. So while there are different levels of life for human’s, the same goes for Talnarin’s. While Alanna is on the run from a specific Talnarin, she has to learn that not all of them are evil. Some do not have the motive to kill her.
While there is this fascinating world to wrap your head around, the first third of the book consists of flashbacks and Alanna’s own inner thoughts. As a reader who enjoys dialogue, it was hard for me to get hooked into the book with Alanna’s only interactions with herself. In that, I found it hard to connect with Alanna. I knew while reading that I should like Alanna and sympathize with the lifestyle she is leading, but I didn’t feel I knew anything about her. While I didn’t need to know her heartbreaking story that got her to this point (yet), I didn’t really know her personality or quirks. While essentially I understand these could have been destroyed with everything she’s suffered, I couldn’t find direction with her until about a hundred pages in. That was when I really wanted to know more about her and where the story was going to lead. This is when the story begins to pick up with interactions with others and a new village, but there could have been more development in the beginning.
After I got past the first hundred pages, I spent the rest of the day reading the book and flying through it. There was far more development of character on Alanna’s side, but other Talnarin’s as well. And the world developed far more–which makes sense considering this is just the first book of the series.
Warning to reads who hate cliffhangers: I suggest holding off on this novel until Chapman releases the second book because it is a great cliffhanger! But if you’re someone who likes the suspense, I suggest picking up it up and diving into a world with the Talnarin’s! While it wasn’t always my cup of tea, I’m certain there are a ton of readers out there who would love this world that Chapman created!