Erryn reviews ‘The Golden One – Blooming’ by Hans M Hirschi. The book was published November 15, 2018 by Beaten Track Publishing, and is 193 pages. The audiobook was released January 8, 2019. It was narrated by Vance Bastian and is 6hrs and 24mins. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book – I love trying new things and this book is definitely that.
Earth is threatened by humankind. A long time ago, in an effort to help protect her creation, Mother Nature created the Ohana, a worldwide league of shapeshifters, to restore and maintain the natural balance. During particularly troublesome times, she deployed her ultimate defense, a delicate yet powerful golden butterfly, to change the odds in nature’s favor.
Blooming is the first book in the trilogy about Jason Mendez, a seventeen-year-old living a normal teenage life in a small town in the American Midwest. One day, Jason’s world is turned upside down when he realizes the dream he had the night before was in fact reality and that he was flying through a nearby meadow.
Jason is the Golden One, called upon to avert a major crisis threatening Earth. With no golden butterfly sighted since the final days of World War II, will Jason be able to walk in his predecessors’ shoes? Will he be able to replicate their historic achievements and save the planet from all but certain disaster? And what exactly is threatening Mother Nature to call upon the Golden One?
The Golden One is an exciting new fantasy trilogy dealing with urgent topics affecting humanity today.
*A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Young Adult with fantasy elements is not a genre I’m familiar with, but this series intrigued me so when I had a chance to listen to one of the books, I grabbed it.
Jason is living what he believes is a normal life. He’s got his mom, friends, and is missing his first love Courtney who has moved across the country. He believes that’s his biggest issue when something miraculous happens. He ‘blooms’ into a Golden Butterfly and his entire life is turned upside down. He has a new close group of friends who are all Byeonsin as well (humans who can transform into different animals). Hanging with humans who can become chipmunks, ravens, dragonflies, and owls is neat, but his powers are so much more than those of his fellow companions. His abilities far exceed everyone else’s, and he has to deal with that knowledge. Most 17-year-old kids are worried about finishing high school. Jason is facing the fact he’s been sent to prevent a major catastrophe in humankind.
I enjoyed the stories of when all the other golden butterflies made differences during intersections of great battles or decisions needing to be made. These butterflies have prevented great tragedies or massive numbers of deaths. With this history, Jason wonders what his role will be in the world. He is pulled into the local Ohana group located in his hometown of Amberville. The town is just a regular old spot in the Midwest of the United States, but it has a powerful group of Byeonsin like himself. As the Golden Butterfly, he is granted a place at the table. When a series of personal tragedies befall him, there are supportive people there to help him out.
This story is very much about how the global can be local and although Mother Earth is facing many different threats, one right in Amberville comes to Jason’s attention and with the help of his friends and the animals, he races to save his little piece of nature. The book ends with a happy ending but it’s clear that Jason’s place in the world has yet to be determined, his mission yet to be identified. It’s why there are more books to come.
With all the perils facing the earth these days, it’s important we acknowledge that as humans we are impacting the world in a way that was never imagined. We, as the dominant species, are destroying vast swaths of land, polluting the oceans, and killing off wild animals. This book is a call to reckoning as Jason realizes he has a greater role in the world than just a part-time gardener. I like the importance of his journey and how we all need to realize time is running out. I’m very excited to listen to Book #2.
I want to take a moment to mention Vance Bastian’s narration. His voice for Jason was so perfect I believed I was listening to a seventeen year old. His interpretation of the characters was brilliant and I cannot say enough good things about his work. Great job.
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
Hans M Hirschi has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life put an end to his fictional writing for over twenty years. A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world extensively and published a couple of non-fictional titles on learning and management.
The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to once again unleash his creative writing, writing feel-good stories you’ll remember.
Having little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he simply indulges it and goes with the flow. However, the deep passion for a better world, for love and tolerance are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work.
Hans lives with his husband, son, and pets on a small island off the west coast of Sweden.
Contact Hans through his website at http://www.hirschi.se