Review: Sawyer Jackson and the Long Land


Sawyer Jackson discovers that the world is a tapestry version of the matrix and that he is the One, destined to defeat a dark Lord.
Sawyer has been raised by his grandparents and kept away from others. Aside from one traumatic experience during his childhood, he has lived an otherwise mundane life. But one day he discovers that there is a pattern to reality, a knotwork of interconnectivity that he can manipulate. But his discovery has set off alarms across the omniverse. Imp like creatures, called inks, are hunting him. Sawyer and his grandparents must leave home and go on the run, traversing between the Layers of the omni. The only person who can help them is a man who has lived longer than any other person, the Exemplar known as Xander Travel.

Whilst the overall plot may not be the most original, the characters are likable and at times interesting. Sawyer is a rather laid back teen who doesn’t seem too fazed by the huge changes and challenges in his life. The problem is that his development from being a regular kid to “the One” seems to happen in the space of a short chapter. Suddenly he is manipulating the fabric of the universe as if one epiphany is all it takes to master the art. His grandmother is a master Teth, and although we are reassured that she is an all round badass, her abilities aren’t even in the same league. Xander Travel is supposed to be the Gandalf/Morphues of the story, though he hints at either having met the Doctor (Who), or maybe is the  Doctor.
Where this book does stand out is in the world building. There is a clear sense that the lore extends beyond the scope of the book, with a thematic terminology that gives the book Its unique flavour. Of course it’s all linked to knotwork, but you get used to that real quick.
The pacing and dialogue is decent throughout and there was only one real bugbear with the structure of the novel. The main confrontation happens slightly prematurely and is somewhat undersold by the author. Then, confusingly, we are treated to an information dump narrated by
one character to tie all the loose ends. When I turned the last page I was surprised that it had ended without any real sense of closure.
Overall, this is a pleasant enough read with a decent amount of world building that will entertain young adult readers. It will appeal to readers who like books that resonate with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. There are already a number of sequels available too. But if you are looking for originality and a satisfying read, perhaps you should look elsewhere first.

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