Friday, January 7, 2011

Book Review: THE LAST HUNTER: DESCENT by Jeremy Robinson

The Last Hunter: Descent by Jeremy Robinson was the last book I finished in 2010. When I counted all the books I read, it turned out to be 32 books. It's a lot lower count than I normally do, so I hope this year to bring that count up to at least 50 books. I enjoyed this book so much, and I can't wait until the sequel comes out!

Title: The Last Hunter: Descent
Series: The Antarktos Saga (Book One)
Author: Jeremy Robinson

Book Blurb: I've been told that the entire continent of Antarctica groaned at the moment of my birth. The howl tore across glaciers, over mountains and deep into the ice. Everyone says so. Except for my father; all he heard was Mother's sobs. Not of pain, but of joy, so he says. Other than that, the only verifiable fact about the day was I was born is that an iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke free from the ice shelf a few miles off the coast. Again, some would have me believe the fracture took place as I entered the world. But all that really matters, according to my parents, is that I, Solomon Ull Vincent, the first child born on Antarctica—the first and only Antarctican—was born on September 2nd, 1974.

If only someone could have warned me that, upon my return to the continent of my birth thirteen years later, I would be kidnapped, subjected to tortures beyond comprehension and forced to fight…and kill. If only someone had hinted that I'd wind up struggling to survive in a subterranean world full of ancient warriors, strange creatures and supernatural powers.

Had I been warned I might have lived a normal life. The human race might have remained safe. And the fate of the world might not rest on my shoulders. Had I been warned….

This is my story—the tale of Solomon Ull Vincent—The Last Hunter.

Review: Jeremy Robinson's THE LAST HUNTER: DESCENT is a coming-of-age novel full of terror, a mysterious yet forbidding continent, and self-discovery at all costs. Solomon Ull Vincent never was a normal thirteen-year-old boy, since he's a genius with a perfect memory and the first child born on Antarctica. When he returns to his home continent, he begins his transformation into Ull, the hunter. Mr. Robinson weaves this epic saga with mysticism, mythology, and the prehistoric. Solomon's descent below the ice reminds me a little of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth. The breaking of Solomon into Ull is philosophical of human nature, and he must be broken to find his true self, and Solomon realizes the greatest gift of humanity is forgiveness. Robinson creates this fantastical yet realistic world and a great novel for young adults and adults, and I can't wait to read book two.


Jessica Yopp said...

32 books is a lot more than I did! :D
I should probably get rid of my Xbox...

Aubrie said...

32 books is still a lot in my eyes.

This book sounds awesome!

Cherie Reich said...

Thanks, guys! 32 seemed like a small amount, considering I read 50 some last year, and I have read more than 80 in one year.

And, this book is great! It was a review request. I'm hoping he'll send me the next one to read and review. :D

Cats! said...

That sounds like an intense book! Great review.

Hannah Kincade said...

32 is more than me! This sounds like a great addition for my 2011 list though! Thanks!