Goodreads: Ruins of Scell
Author: Raymond Cain
Published: 7th March 2017 (Self-Published)
Source: From Author’s site
Rating: 4/5 (Really liked it)
Official Summary: “Seventeen-year-old Flynn Arcturus has seen many things during his short lifetime on the ocean floor, but he’s shocked when he discovers the remains of an ancient civilization. With other treasure-hunters not far behind, eager to plunder precious artifacts for their base values, Flynn explores the ruins. Unaware of the deadly traps and defenses within, he hurries to discover what secrets the ruins hold before they’re plundered, and soon realizes that solving those mysteries may cost him his life.”
(Disclaimer: I got a free copy from Author’s site. This does not affect my review in anyway)
Review: Humans living on the ocean floor? What? Yup and it is pretty cool. (Like that pun? Okay I’ll stop now.) This book is a novelette so only 5 chapters. It is a prequel to The Secret Depths Trilogy. I really liked it, was short but not too short. It was the right amount to show you the world the author has created. The new world in this prequel is very unique and written very well. You weren’t thrown into it confused, everything was explained if it needed explaining.
He also thrusts you straight into the main character life, which starts with very stinky breath. Like seriously who eats chocolate covered shrimps, that just nasty. The humor is used very well and its not over the top to the point it feels a little awkward. (Unlike me.) You got to know some of the values of main character, he a bit of a rebel. Who doesn’t like a good rebel. The small amount of dialogue also explained the brothers relationship well. Overall it great start to a new series, plus a great showing of the author abilities as a writer.
Would I recommend it? Yes. Can’t wait to read the first book in the main series.