Book Review: The Golden Fountain by Zuheb Alep

Troubador Publishing Ltd
Published Feb. 28, 2018
320 Pages

The Golden Fountain is the story of a twelve-year old Benjamin, a rebellious boy whose fierce desire to become a leader is threatened by the children disappearing around his city. The citizens of the city has long suffered their children’s disappearance, but the fact that they were never discovered leads Benjamin to finally decide one thing; he would creep on-board a ship carrying eight thousands soldiers to rescue them around the world. 

This story is set parallel in a world to our own, with magical creatures such as talking snow-cats bred for war, winged humans with elemental powers, birds as large as a horse and ferocious witches. 

This world is more than magical, with the balance of light and darkness about to break. Only Benjamin can prevent that with his unbreakable sword and a unique compass. Fall into a story completed with many themes, mostly about love and worst of all … death.- Goodreads

Jumping right into this review, I was disappointed in this read and I was for several reasons.

  1. The book starts off strong and with the promise of magic and prophecy. But after a few chapters it doesn’t deliever.
    1. The opening chapter begins off Benjamin recalling a dream that is pretty much a premonition. But once this happens the author proceeds to stretch any mention of this or any form of prophecy, magic for some time.
  2.  Benjamin, although his intentions are pure, he has a narrow mind to what he wants and how he wants it. He doesn’t think things through and for the most part has a fairly easy journey. Yes, there are some complications but the journey is fairly smooth, which is surprising for a boy under the age of 16.
  3. It is very hard to tell the difference in where the story is taking place and what time period. Yes, it is in a parallel world and there are modern aspects or details in the story but it doesn’t flow where you 1: feel confident about the setting and 2: get confused by how its a fairly modern world i.e. cars but balloon travel is needed.
  4. The book was drawn out and utterly slow.

Despite these issues with the book, I felt that the the premise or what I believe the author was reaching for was strong enough to warrent me to finish the book. I think that the book would have been stronger if there was more going on and if Benjamin developed better and/or had a better sense of being a good hero was opposed to just wanting to do what is right at any cost.

Based on this, I give this book an overall score of

2 Pickles