Book & Author Details:
Brothers Three by Layton Green
Publication date: March 14th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be plunged into a dangerous fantasy world?
The Blackwood brothers from New Orleans are about to find out. Youngest brother Will dreams of escaping his mundane life as an apprentice contractor. Caleb is a bartender whose charm and good looks see him through life. Val, the eldest, is a high-powered attorney who hides the fact that he can perform parlor tricks with his mind.
The brothers’ lives are changed forever when they receive a belated inheritance from their father: a staff with a mysterious stone on top, a pair of rogue’s bracers, and a sword that Will can barely lift. Searching for an explanation, it is not until a strange key whisks the brothers across time and space, into a terrifying version of New Orleans ruled by wizards, that the brothers accept the truth and undergo a perilous journey home. With the help of an alluring but deadly adventuress, they must break into the keep of a sorcerer known for his love of diabolical games, find a trio of enchanted talismans, and somehow defeat an evil wizard who can raise legions of the undead to do his bidding.
It seems the brothers have found their adventure. But will they live to tell the tale?
If you have read any of my previous reviews for books in this genre, you may already know that I set reasonably high standards for them. As a result, and for fear of being disappointed, I tend to be quite choosy about the books I agree to review.
The blurb for this one caught my eye though. It seemed to sand out a little from the more run of the mill books. So, with a little bit of trepidation, I started to read.
At first, it was very promising – straight into the action – fabulous I thought. But then, for me at least, I thought that the pacing of the story got a bit mired in scene setting and character introductions for the other world that the brothers found themselves in. Honestly? I had to put the book down and come back to it, because I was simply struggling to connect to the story.
But I persevered and I’m glad that I did. Yes, there are influences drawn from other leading authors of the genre – so much so that a reference is made within the book to a particular potential similarity, but not to the point where this book didn’t feel original.
This is a decent start to the saga, and in my view, shows real potential. I look forward to seeing how the story unfolds over the course of the next installment.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Layton Green writes in multiple genres and is the author of the bestselling Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been nominated for multiple awards (including a finalist for a prestigious International Thriller Writers award), optioned for film, and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The fourth Dominic Grey novel, The Shadow Cartel was a #2 overall bestseller on Amazon UK.
In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for ten very long years. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.
Layton lives with his wife and children in North Carolina. You can visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or on his website (www.laytongreen.com)