The Brothers Three
Author: Layton Green
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: The Blackwood brothers from New Orleans are about to find out. Youngest brother Will dreams of escaping his mundane life as an apprentice contractor. Caleb is a bartender whose charm and good looks see him through life. Val, the eldest, is a high-powered attorney who hides the fact that he can perform parlor tricks with his mind. more
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: This was one of those novels that caught my attention right away with the cover, then I read the synopsis and just knew I had to read it. It had everything I was hoping for and more.
The three brothers in this novel, are the best kind of siblings, always there for each other even when they have made very different choices in life. Will has severe anxiety attacks that don’t allow him to work in any kind of dangerous environments, or venture much into anything stressful. Caleb is a bartender who would rather keep loving than ever getting involved in a brawl of any kind. Val is the more determined of them all, always making sure his brothers are safe and thinking rationally.
“Val and Caleb had never seen eye to eye, but Will knew the love was there, buried beneath two opposite personalities. Caleb had always resented Val’s heavy hand, but Will knew Val just wanted to be a good influence. Their relationship had improved once Caleb turned twenty-one and left home…”
They’re all brought together one night when Charlie, their father’s best friend and another father figure to them, has them meet outside the bar Caleb is working at. Everything turns from what we know as normal to the complete opposite, filled with a necromancer and a Manticore brought to life from a sack of bones. And it just gets more fantastical and mind-bending after that encounter.
“Just before he brushed the tip of the blue key against the keyhole, he heard Lance call out from inside the apartment. ‘Blackwood, is that you?’ Salomon’s key made contact with the bronze keyhole. The instant they touched, Will felt a mild electric shock, the key and the door merged together, and he had the sensation that his entire body was both vibrating and dissolving at warp speed, his molecules yanked forward by an impossible force.”
One moment they’re in a reality like ours, the city of New Orleans, then transported into a parallel world where magic exists. Much of the fantasy that is written in books and films turns out to be real in the other New Orleans, making everything and every wrong glance deadly. That is where the brothers’ journey really begins and what a journey it turns out to be.
“High above the sign, in the direction of the French Quarter, was the most amazing sight of all: hundreds of slender, multicolored spires piercing the sky high above the city. Will could make out the tops of some of the buildings that supported the spires: an assortment of domes and obelisks and stone towers, some as tall as skyscrapers. More exotic architecture was sprinkled in as well, ziggurats and poly-sided towers with entire stories jutting outward at odd angles, dream-like creations of dripping stone that bore a vague resemblance to photos Will had seen of Barcelona.”
There are creatures that have been melded together through magic, wizards that live in their own warded castles (the end for a regular passerby that choose to approach their walls), a secret lineage the brothers never knew belonged to them, highly trained warriors that will journey with them through the lands most who reside in that realm would never dream of entering, and so much more.
I just couldn’t get my eyes off the pages of this novel, and found that I didn’t place The Brothers Three down until I was finished with the whole book. There were many characters I rooted for, several I mourned for, and many others that were extremely creepy. Can’t wait to join the brothers in their next journey. September is just too far away.
***I received this copy from Author Layton Green in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***