Review: The Obsidian Blade

The Obsidian Blade
The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book one of a planned series, and my main complaint is that it shows it. I would have given it three and 1/2 stars , but decided to be generous today and round up. Since I’m writing this two days after I read it, and have already forgotten most of it, that’s not a great sign even if I do have a faulty memory. That said, it is the story of a young man living a fairly normal life – his father is a preacher, and his mom bakes cookies. Then one day, while up on the roof, he sees his father disappear, and a disc of some kind hovering in the air. He tries to tell his mother, who is always busy with her Sudoku puzzles, what happened, but she told him not to be silly – his dad just probably went into town. Later that day his father comes home, clothes dirtier, and with a young girl at his side, named Lahlia. She doesn’t speak English. His dad says he found her in town when he went. And being a good man, decides to take her in until a family can be found for her. But now his father no longer believes in God. His dad, who used to run a bible-thumping church, is an atheist, and won’t explain how or why he made this transition. Lahlia and Tucker get a long well, but she is soon adopted into a conservative Christian family and he rarely sees her any more. Then his mother starts changing too – she becomes distant, withdrawn, obsessed with her puzzles and numbers, until one day both his father and mother disappear into a disc that appears again. His dad left a cryptic note that he was talking his mother to get healed, and that Tucker couldn’t come, and that he was sending his uncle to look out for him. The next day, up comes Kosh, a tattooed, leather clad biker, who isn’t that happy about taking in a teenager, but does so, as blood is blood. The rest of the book deals with his trying to find his father and mother by using these strange discs, of which there are two in town that come and go. He learns a lot about the “diskos,” and as he tries to right the past, he is drawn into greater conspiracies. So many threads left handing, my greatest complain was that so much was not revealed that this book has a hard time standing on it’s own. I personally would wait for more in the series. And the ending just drifts of. But the premise is interesting, and the origin and use of the diskos also, so it shows promise. I’d wait until at least Book two is out.

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