Alturus Burk is set to inherit one of the most powerful items in the wolrd. Will he be able to handle his own greed?I've been waiting to read the next installment of The Caldecott Chronicles by R.G. Bullet and was pleasantly surprised when I came across the prequel novella to The 58th Keeper (an entirely different series by the same author, but just as wonderful).
The 57th Keeper was way too short in my opinion. But understandably so. If it were any longer we wouldn't have needed the book it preceeds. That is where I first met Alturus Burk. Only for a moment at a time a handful of times in the book, though. I figured him no better than a common thief who'd lucked in to becoming keeper and then completely botched the job.
And that's partially right. But in The 57th Keeper we find out that Alturus WASN'T always just a criminal. Shifty, yes. Somewhat manipulative, yes. But clever. Very clever. He wanted to move up in the world and did what he felt needed to be done to make sure that happened. And who can blame him? I don't think anything he'd done at that point was illegal.
His troubles start when he manages to become personal assistant to a man who owns the boat that EVERYONE wants to work on. Unfortunately the man has some issues of his own and Alturus finds that out almost immediately. What comes from his position on the crew ends up being both a blessing and a curse to Alturus. Which is sad because he honestly had a good heart. And thought he was doing everything for the right reason.
This story is told in flashbacks while Alturus is in therapy sessions, hypnotized in to remembering the events that led up to him finding The 58th Keeper.
It's a quick read, but it's exciting. If you've already read the book that follows, you know how it all turns out, but reading this you forget that. You forget that you know what's going to happen and you're kind of on the edge of your seat waiting to see how it turns out.
I'd recommend this if you're looking for a fast read that's entertaining. Heck, I'd recommend EVERY book written by this particular author. They're written wonderfully and you'd enjoy them completely. Go! Now.