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BOOK TOUR : Grant Beagan: The Finder’s Code (Grant Beagan, #1) by Jonathan R. Miller & Tom G. Anderson

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Plot : 4/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Writing : 4/5

Genre : Fiction, Supernatural, Contemporary, Fantasy

Publishing House: Smith Publishing

Grant Beagan isn’t looking for trouble.

He’s just an ordinary teenager who likes astronomy, video games, and keeping his mom happy… or at least, happy enough. But everything changes for Grant when, by a twist of fate, he stumbles into a magical world very different from his own, a world filled with breathtaking wonders and amazing abilities, known as the World of the Lit. It is a world hidden in plain view, right in front of the rest of us (aka “the Unlit”), but most of us only catch fleeting glimpses of the magic it contains. Overnight, Grant finds himself standing face to face with bizarre creatures, becoming a member of a complex magical society, and best of all, having his own dormant channeling abilities “lit” by a very special recruiter, called a Flame.

As Grant begins to experience his new life as a member of the Lit—becoming a student of magic, exploring mind-bending new locations, and meeting extraordinary new mages of different nationalities (and species!)—he can’t imagine ever going back to his old life in the Unlit world. That is, until he learns of a dangerous conflict arising in his midst. Before long, Grant finds himself embroiled in a battle between the Finder, a powerful type of mage that hasn’t been seen in five hundred years, and the Controller, a dangerous being with the power to exert control over the minds of others. To emerge unscathed, Grant will need to hone his channeling skills, build upon the powers he’s gained, face his deepest fears, solve a series of unusual mysteries, and apply the wisdom of the Mage Code, a set of seven principles left behind by the previous Finder centuries ago.

Featuring memorable characters, fun and imaginative locations, uplifting themes, and a rich set of magical abilities, the first book in the Grant Beagan series unveils the extraordinary world of the Lit, a society of mages that is concealed from—yet intricately intertwined within—the everyday lives we lead.

*I received the book by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are unbiased.*

The Finder’s Code is a perfect blend of contemporary and supernatural themes. As the synopsis mentions, the story is about an ordinary teenager, Grant who stumbles into a magical world which is filled with breathtaking wonders but Grant learns there’s more to the world of magic than it actually offers. 

In terms of the plot, the book was definitely way out of the ordinary ones. The plot was very interesting and gripping. The pacing of the story however, seemed pretty hurried at times. Like, despite the plot being so great, it could not shine as much as it could have if, the pacing was a bit slower and involved more of the scenes which were a bit more light weighted as the reader could grasp the heavier bits more easily. The fast pacing of the plot ended up preventing the character development as well. Another aspect of the book which I think made the plot lose out it’s importance was the fact that the synopsis gave away a little too much of the information already. 

“Without change, something sleeps inside of us and seldom awakens.”

The characters were well developed through the course of the story.  Grant’s character was not quite perfect but it was not full of flaws too. He was a neutral character whose traits developed and changed (a bit too quick) in the book.  However, the development of the characters was something that I admired.

When it comes to the writing, I would say that it was actually good. The writing style did help the plot to shine and grow. It was quite gripping and did keep me hooked till the end of the book!

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