Title: The Pleasure of Memory: The Blood Caeyl Memories: Volume I
Author: Welcome Cole
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller
Publisher: Caelstone Press (and courtesy of NetGalley)
Published: November 30, 2013
Page Amount: 552 pages
Blurb From Goodreads: The Pleasure of Memory is the first volume of three in the Blood Caeyl Memories series.
Beam is a thief, smuggler, and rogue who takes his gold wherever the path of least resistance offers it, and never apologizes for the means. Orphaned in early childhood, he is passed gracelessly from one extended family to the next. When the shame of raising a half-bred child eventually becomes unbearable, his family abandons the six-year-old boy on the steps of a rundown priory in Parhron City.
He is discovered at dawn by Brother Dael, an elderly monk who is Prelate for the Priory of Saynfyl. The old monk takes Beam in without question or judgment, raising him as his own. However, in spite of Dael’s care and love, Beam grows up in a state of perpetual anger.
When Beam reaches his early twenties, a regional magistrate delivers a package from his long dead mother. Inside Beam finds an elaborate puzzle box of ancient design. A note written in his mother’s hand indicates the box contains secrets, secrets meant to guide him to his memories and, ultimately, to his destiny. Inside the box is an ancient map that leads him to a vast cemetery tucked away deep in the hostile southern scrubs.
Beam spends the next two years prowling through the cemetery, evading the savages by day and picking his way through their dead by night. Eventually, he discovers a secret chamber leading to a maze hidden beneath one of the crypts. There, he finds a brilliant crystal. The blood-red gem is carved in the image of a sensuous, lidded eye. Believing he has found the treasure his mother’s map intended for him, Beam flees north through the lawless Nolands, and back to civilization with the Vaemyn in pursuit.
What Beam doesn’t know is that this crystal is actually a Blood Caeyl, an ancient relic with the power of influence over the forces of life itself. In time, the caeyl begins to alter him, gradually awakening the memories of a thousand lifetimes, changing him into a new man, and even a new life form.
Why Read: NetGalley came from heaven and gave me this book… of which I now feel inordinately obliged to read all of the trilogy. It was primarily chosen because I have a taste for the science fiction adventure type, and if you know “Wheel of Time”, it’s basically a fantastic version.
Review: It did take me too long to read it. I’ll be the first to admit it. On my TBR (To Be Read) List for at least 2 months, I was getting annoyed of seeing it over and over again on my shelf. So finally yesterday, I picked up it while too tired at the airport motel and suddenly bam! I was finished.
In case you couldn’t guess: I’m kind of a fan. I found the characters mystifying and the plotline not so spotty. There’s a certain kind of grace that is to be found in writing adventure style science fiction fantasy, and I would not hesitate to say that Cole does more than an adequate job in preforming.
The main characters, Chance and Beam, are as different as night and day, but the fact that this strange tale of their lives binds them together is hard to tear yourself away from. Beam is unlikeable at first, and despite his back story: he’s hard to sympathize with. On the other hand, Chance is loveable and I found myself smiling at his attempts at discussion and at his internal rants.
But despite their differences, the events of the book (which I won’t spoil here) bring them together (not in a friendship sense… yet) and force them to interact. There’s the whole issue of memory as well (title hint hint), and I promise that when it comes to plot and you are looking for something a little bit crazy – this won’t disappoint.
So adventure readers, science fiction fans, come one, come all: because it’s good, a really good read. And you wouldn’t want to miss out!
Rating: 4.6/5 Stars
Review Coming Soon: The Analyst by Brandon Wolfe