Book Review: Redwood Servant of the State by Jaxon Reed
I liked Jaxon Reed’s Redwood: Servant of the State right from the start. Maybe it was the use of the word “hematophagia” instead of vampire. I read vampire lore from time to time, and I appreciate any new approaches to it. As I proceeded with the story, it was my ability to connect with Marcus, the protagonist, that kept me reading. He’s a survivor who uses his head and doesn’t have to come across as larger than life. He’s a multi-dimensional character that’s easy to like.
In addition, Jaxon’s writing style is tight and filler-free. The advantage of this style means that we have a first-person point of view that is not preoccupied with a lot of self-internalizing. Instead, the character is constantly introduces us to the world and inter-workings of Redwood. The pacing of the story is well-done. A steady cord of tension runs throughout as Marcus’s secret and that of the clandestine researchers in New Texas keep readers aware that danger and exposure are never far away, no matter the routine activities executed. A strong element of family comes through in this story, and this feature allows Redwood: Servant of the State to be more than just a YA science-fiction read. Instead, the book can also be enjoyed by a much older audience. I found the book to be a very enjoyable read. Its overall depth and development has stayed with me.
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