#Bookreview of BLOTT by Daniel Parsons

#Bookreview of BLOTT by Daniel Parsons


When a devastating famine forces Blott to disobey his parents and leave his remote village in search of food, he learns three things that change his life forever.

1. The world outside his village is made up of a giant canvas that stretches all the way to the horizon.

2. A freakish ability that he has kept secret for years means that he can paint life into the fabric, and shape new land around him to save his people from extinction.

3. A sinister voice inside his head has other ideas, threatening to consume him and unleash an untold evil onto the community.

Will Blott create a perfect world, or will he let his inner demon paint with darker colours?

The fate of his people rests in the balance.

Book one of the Canvas Chronicles.


I’ve been intrigued by this story since I downloaded it back in June 2015.  I thought it had a very different premise for a story line; that of a boy, Blott, who can paint the world around him from ink that leaks out of his hands.  The people he grew up with referred to themselves as Canvas People, and outside of their immediate village, everything around them was called the White Plains.  Basically, a blank canvas of unending white. 

Blott has a terrible secret, one his parents made him hide all his life.  But, the older he gets, the harder it becomes for him to contain his embarrassing secret, especially when faced with anger or danger.  He’s also plagued by nightmares, which become more terrifying in nature, as he feels a dark presence trying to exert it’s force on him.  On top of that, his village is dying, due to an extended drought and now they’re all facing starvation.  As Blott tries to find a way to save his people, he accidentally unleashes the darkness inside him.  Can he learn to control it, and undo all the harm he’s caused? 

The book drew me in from the beginning, as Blott is being chased by the bullies of the village, Artemis and his gang, when he finds himself face-to-face with Clucky.  Clucky is a sort of rooster-bull mixture, something I wouldn’t want to meet in person. 

The world that Daniel Parsons has drawn is full of vivid detail and I could picture myself going through all the adventures with Blott, and the villagers, as they defended themselves against some really nasty creatures that the darker side of Blott created.  This is a slated as a Children’s Book, but there is a lot of death and darkness and I wouldn’t recommend it for younger children. 

There are twists and turns that took me by surprise, which I really enjoined.  I also thought all the characters were well-developed.  At this time, there isn’t a sequel out, so we’re left with a cliff-hanger, but I’ve been told it’s on the author’s to-be-done list.  I hope so.  I really want to see what happens to the Canvas People and the White Plains.  

What I didn’t like: there were some instances of wrong word usage, but the biggest one were the out-of-context similes/metaphors.  We’re dealing with a pretty primitive society that uses candles for lights, yet their world, or actions, are being compared to modern technology like orbiting satellites, or oceans that they’ve never seen.  These references threw me out of the story on several occasions during my reading. 

This is  a good story that I recommend for older kids and adults alike.  I give it 4 feathers.

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About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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