The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman is a science fiction, time-twisting novel that feels like three books in one. The beginning of the book is slow-paced and slightly depressing; the middle of the book introduces the protagonist, Tucker, to his renegade Uncle Kosh (a terribly likeable character); the last part of the book is a whirlwind of time-travel and time-jumping. Hautman takes liberties with some historical religious events for the purposes of his plot and premise and that may bother some. The boundaries of time have no meaning here and Tucker ages in leaps and bounds as the action accelerates.
Be warned when you pick up The Obsidian Blade that it doesn’t conclude with everything wrapped in a neat little bow. Hautman has the characters and plot so entangled I don’t know if he will ever be able to unravel them in the next books, but then again, I don’t know if the reader will know the difference. Hopefully future books will develop more of the character Lahlia. Ending on a high-octane note, this is a young adult novel with a lot of boy appeal.
Profanity/Language: 1 Religious exclamation; 9 mild obscenities; 2 anatomical terms.
Violence/Gore: Non-life threatening injuries when a character hits a tree; report of the injuries a character has sustained in the past with his friends; reference to the events of September 11th; a character is presumed to have fallen to death; a character is shocked and then stabbed in the heart; a creature is killed by shocking and slicing; a character is killed in a non-specified violent death; a character is severed in half by a weapon (no details, just stated); some details and mention of blood in crucifixion; on a few separate occasions characters struggle, punch, fight with a sword, and knocked unconscious, etc.; a leg is severed (graphic).
Sex/Nudity: Inference/speculation that an engaged couple might be pregnant out of wedlock; a characters is said to have the “hots” for a girl; reference to a character being “caught” in a motel room with the preacher’s daughter in the distant past.
Mature Subject Matter:
Mental Illness, parental abandonment, death, religion, faith
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Adults drink at a bar; one man is drunk.