REVIEWS of THE BEHOLDER
"Jason is a New Yorker who discovers that he possesses remarkable powers just as he is unwittingly drawn into a mysterious battle between forces of Light and Dark.
'The Beholder' begins in a very visual way, with a prologue that dramatically brings the fantasy elements to the fore ... I enjoyed the way you contrasted the mysterious figure and strangeness of the storm in the prologue with the normality of Jason's apartment; you show a real passion for language in your descriptions.
I thought the description of Pariah creeping through the tunnel was very effective, particularly the lines: 'With each second the shimmering got more intense, and he halted and closed his eyes not to see it for just one second. He caressed the rough surface of the bricks, their coolness pleasant to the touch.' This has a lovely lightness of touch and evoked the atmosphere of the moment in that ancient tunnel beautifully.
You have created some interesting characters that you have clearly enjoyed writing and there is a real sense of fun about the interaction between the friends, as well as a wealth of background detail about the supporting characters."
Here are bits of the reviews on THE BEHOLDER I’ve got recently:
“I was so sure that all the supernatural worlds were already exhausted. Vampires, werewolves, aliens, ghosts… Then Mr. Amberlake’s novel arrived, took me by surprise and left me totally speechless. A world that no one has ever thought existed suddenly appeared. A world so perfectly built you wonder where it has been hiding before.” ~ Becca, a Goodreads Reviewer
“Mr. Amberlake, in my opinion, has created a literary masterpiece. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels.” ~ Bethanie Armstrong, the author of The Memory I Can't Erase
“If you are a fan of storylines similar to The Matrix, then The Beholder could be its literary counterpart in the UF genre.” ~ Sandy, The Reading Café
“Amberlake does an excellent job of melding plot, fantastical concepts, darkness and light with a love story between Jason and his very real feeling counterpart, Emily.” ~ Scott J. Toney, the author of Hearts of Avon
“The author clearly has a deep understanding of the English language with a vast vocabulary.” ~ Lourie, a Goodreads Reviewer