Dusk County Crossing by Erik Hyrkas – Book Review

After an enforced absence from the blog due to a fractured left ulna, I’ve finally mastered a one-handed copy and paste technique! However, whilst I haven’t been able to blog, I’ve still been reviewing and this is my latest offering via  

Dusk County Crossing by Erik Hyrkas

Dusk County Crossing
Rifts Book One

Pages – 171
Release Date – 1st February 2017
Format – ebook

I received a free copy of this book

New Synopsis

Morgan’s biggest problem is high school gossip mongers, until the curse. She never wanted to become a sorceress or travel to other worlds.

Trading one memory at a time to save her friends, Morgan is forgetting who she is and where she came from. Dragons and wizards are the beginning of the adventure waiting for her.

New Review

‘Dusk County Crossing’ is a young adult fantasy novel by American author, Erik Hyrkas.

I rather enjoyed the beginning and the promise of an unusual adventure to come as Morgan, a sixteen year old student, is somehow transported through a portal to another world with ‘Leigh’.

I particularly like the cover design which is a very accurate depiction of the two main characters. We see the action from the perspectives of them both in the first person as they search for a way home before Morgan’s memories completely vanish.

I don’t think it’s a good idea to over-think this story as a lot of the plot is based on rather vague concepts regarding energy sources and magical abilities. It follows a familiar theme of good versus evil but to the author’s credit, certainly doesn’t rely on excessive gore or violence.

This is a light-hearted read which may well appeal to its target audience. For me, after an intriguing start, it flagged a bit in the middle but perked up at the end, leaving the way open for another instalment.

I think this author had some good ideas which perhaps needed a little more polish and a few additional twists to elevate his work above the crowd in this highly competitive genre. I’ll be interested to see where he takes his characters from here.

I award ‘Dusk County Crossing’ three-and-a-half stars.

Three and a half star rating

Purchase Links

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New About the Author

Erik Hyrkas

Erik lives in Minnesota with his two children. He enjoys different creative outlets including sketching, developing computer games, and writing stories.

His hobbies include flying small planes, camping, hunting, fishing, and playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games on Friday nights. He was raised in Ely, Minnesota and went to college in Duluth.

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Hello - I'm Julie Haiselden, an occasional NHS med sec/practice administrator. Mother of three, wife of one, a chaotic cook and published crime/thriller novelist who blogs a bit about books, life and food. School alumna. Occasional am-dram actress/director. I enjoy walking and photography (although my enthusiasm outweighs my skill set). I've recently joined the reviewing team at Whispering Stories and can be found via the following social media sites: http://whisperingstories.com/meet-the-team/ https://twitter.com/juliehaiselden https://www.facebook.com/juliehaiseldenbooks https://www.goodreads.com/ I also accept a few hard copy novels to review.
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2 Responses to Dusk County Crossing by Erik Hyrkas – Book Review

  1. Terry Tyler says:

    Sorry to hear about your injury, Julie! An arm – I thought having one leg out of action was bad enough! All good wishes that you’re fighting fit again soon. x

    Interesting review too, btw! Love that Stacey has a review team now.

  2. jhbooksblog says:

    Hi Terry! Had my op last week so hopefully the plate and screws are doing their job. Getting used to this one-handed typing thing. Gone back to using a mouse which makes it a bit easier. Hopefully I’ll be fighting fit in about six weeks. Hope you’re problem-free since your surgery. Regards, Jx

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