Toh’s Saga by Edward Eaton

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Toh’s Saga by Edward Eaton
Publisher: Dragonfly
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (80 pages)
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Inspired by the writings of famed astronomer Carl Sagan, TOH’S SAGA is the tale in verse of the life and times of a sentient bubble. Toh is magnificent. Toh is powerful. Toh is feared, respected. But when its ambition gets out of control, Toh’s group casts it out to face the ravages of a desolate and hostile world with out friends, without family — alone.

Toh lives in a violently unpredictable world, but by far the biggest danger in it is developing a big ego.

As soon as I read the blurb, I couldn’t wait to dive into this incredibly unique book. I was particularly interested in learning what kind of creature Toh was and where this was all taking place. There were a few hints in the blurb that I found irresistible because I’m such a big fan of Carl Sagan.

The page number count is a little misleading because this story is written in the form of a poem. There were also some pages that only contained the last stanza or two of a particular verse. I was easily able to read it in one sitting.

I was blown away by amount of detail that Mr. Eaton included in his storytelling. Most of the stanzas are pretty short even for the poetry genre. Many lines only include a single word in them, so it was incredible to see Toh’s world reveal itself so vividly in my imagination. At times it felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading words on a page.

The character development was equally surprising. Without giving away spoilers, Toh’s species is nothing at all like ours. Many of the things we take for granted are unthinkable in that world, just as their rules would make no sense to humans. I was caught off guard, then, by just how much Toh changes as a result of certain plot twists early on. This tale was my first introduction to Mr. Eaton’s work. Based on how much I loved it, I will be eagerly combing through his backlist as well as keeping a keen eye out for what he comes up with next.

Toh’s Saga is a must-read. I devoured it and immediately went back to the beginning to start again. It was just as thrilling the second time around!

Comments

  1. Daphne Ashling Purpus says:

    This sounds like an exciting book on many levels! I just ordered it and can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the review!

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