4 out of 4 stars
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Once upon a time in the land of Western Lothian, stood a beautiful castle on Timber Hill. The inhabitants of this castle abandoned it for over two centuries, and everybody believed that ghosts haunted it. Everyone who went in there either lost their minds or never came back alive. In the same land lived the curious and adventurous 16-years-old Roxanne, whose late mother was an archeologist, and her missing father, an architect. With the hushed assumptions about the castle spreading through her city, she explored the house with her two friends, Phyrrus and Jason.
Fighting through wolves, spirits, and the elements, she came face to face with Edar Laxen, the ancient and menacing owner of the castle. The story took a gripping turn from here, as Roxanne discovered that she had a strong connection to this mansion. How is Roxanne connected to this haunted castle? Will she escape the mansion with her life and sanity? Where is Roxanne’s father? Get all the answers from Hemiphos—Timber’s Castle by Ms. Stefanie Jacob.
This novel, Hemiphos—Timber’s Castle, was a fantastic page-tuner of the sci-fi genre. It was a blend of two centuries before and the present day. Stefanie Jacob was so skilled in her storytelling that she made fiction sound realistic. The writing style was simple, the plot was engaging, and had great depth. The dialogues were flawless and entertaining, matching the steady tempo of the book. I enjoyed the first-person narrative adopted in this story because it helped me peek into the thoughts of each character.
I loved some characters in the book such as Eddie, Edar, Jason, and Phyrrus. However, I had a love-hate connection with the main protagonist, Roxanne. She deliberately courted danger, was insolent, and never respected boundaries, but she will rain fire and brimstone if another pried into her business. She stressed me out and kept me at the edge of my seat because of her love for danger, but she’s the sweetest and strongest girl. So I want to give the author kudos for being able to evoke such emotions in me. Stefanie did a brilliant job of character development by creating them with flaws, making them human, and relatable.
I found nothing that I disliked about the book, and it was professionally edited. Hemiphos—Timber’s Castle is a very interesting book, and I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to lovers of sci-fi books, historical, haunted, and otherworldly-themed novels.
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