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This book was written by the Terrible Writing Advice guy on Youtube After reading this book, I can say that he followed his own advice up to the part where the plot is needed.I ll give you a brief blurb Terra attacks time travelling Nazis and becomes a famous time knight s squire Then, uh Terra goes to school and there are Nazis What are the stakes Terra doesn t become a soldier and a Nazi might discover his country s horrid crimes which honestly sounds awesome, by the way ALTHOUGH, I This book was written by the Terrible Writing Advice guy on Youtube After reading this book, I can say that he followed his own advice up to the part where the plot is needed.I ll give you a brief blurb Terra attacks time travelling Nazis and becomes a famous time knight s squire Then, uh Terra goes to school and there are Nazis What are the stakes Terra doesn t become a soldier and a Nazi might discover his country s horrid crimes which honestly sounds awesome, by the way ALTHOUGH, I did enjoy the school The pacing was brisk and the shit happening was interesting and they had the best fucking teacher and I love him.So what are we left with The world and the characters And to be honest, those were well done Sure, the description of Saturn city was lacking and I understood nothing of its geography, but the technology, history and wars the Legion s numerous enemies did build a pretty complete image BUT where this book really shines is with its characters I can honest to God say that you have never seen and won t be seeing these characters again Soon, anyway It doesn t mean that they re great or three dimensional characters by any means, but they are unique enough for it to be noted.MC Terra Mason is a bored girl who wants a goal worthy of her attention She s enduring, blunt and down to earth but not enough to think that heroes can t exist and that doing the right thing doesn t matter She ll help people in need but leave them if they can handle themselves.Roland is the love interest I think when you have it that you can t tell if a love interest is in the room it deserves a comment like this is god level writing He s a knight who lies and cheats but he has real skills and talent Hikari is a martial artist who wants a sword and by god she s going to get it even if it means fighting the whole school.There arebut you get the idea These guys all have their own little quirks, attitude and way of speaking that makes them all stand out and I love it Like, Terra clicked with methan any other heroine since Angelfall in an actual oh this is totally me way, not oh this is a blank sheet way Seriously my personality is like 75% Terra except that I m actually smart and funny and single guys hit me up.Yeaaaahh this is Maberan s reviews of course there s negatives duh Just like this book has pretty unique positives, it has pretty unique negatives.OK so Terra kept saying what the reader should ve understanding from her actions and words I don t know if that has a name but an example is Terra always getting back up No matter how many times people berate her or kick her, she s always getting back on her feet That s actually something I love in MCs and I was glad to finally see a female protagonist like that.But then there s literally a scene where a character is like I guess being good at this is your talent uh and Terra deadass turns to the camera and says no my only talent is never knowing when to give up Like we can t tell LIKE DUDE You re the TWA guy You should know you don t just SAY what you want the readers to think about a character You let the character be themselves and have the readers understand them through their actions and words as you did with Terra until this fucking scene There s also the same thing with Terra being like a rock which is actually shown from the start and then suddenly you get this horrible chapter in the middle of the story about her backstory and it Gave Me Vietnam flashbacks I DID NOT NEED TO SEE THAT.Edit I saw a review where the reader said it was very weird how emotionless Terra was and that he enjoyed this chapter for the backstory and it s weird because that s literally what happened in my childhood Terra suppressed her emotions just like I did because people were picking on her for being different and the adults did nothing Reading that chapter was just painful because I saw all my old caretakers and it made me see red This kind of thing really puts characters and writing into perspective doesn t it.Also, there were these subversion of expectations that I could see ten miles from here and it s really weird because it s like these random little moments during training Like Terra fails a test or something, maybe gets called out by a teacher or Roland comes by to berate her, then comes his turn, and Terra s like oh finally Roland will be getting some and then gasp he succeeds.Like I m very confused as to how obvious these all managed to be Because this isn t hard But they all failed And I am left bemused.And then there s the whole Nazi thing So Terra mets this Hanns guy from 1940 and he s all we are ze best and she s like dude nazis are the worst thing ever and they meet quite a few times and I thought it was this really cool red thread with how enemies perceive each other and the difference between a hero and a villain and when you can tell which one you re which Like Terra grows each time she meets Hanns and that relationship she has with him fits with the goal that pushed to join the legion and the doubts the Captain raised in her about the Aeon Legion being no better than any other army.But then it just putters out Like instead of showing him the things the Nazis have done will do or give him dates and try to understand his point of view, she s just dude hitler is evil you are disgusting how can you not see that and he obviously shrugs her accusations off as propaganda.Like I could do a better job than that She just insults him and expects that to change his mind flashback to a video by JdG talking about a live action show of the ninja turtles with a 5th turtle with the power to turn people good with one call out JdG Bc I mean, you don t need the turtles You save the world with that power 5th turtle figurine You re evil It s not good to be evil Hitler Ken doll Oh my Shneider I see it now dies end flashback Lol But erm let s get back to the book So yeah at first I though that Terra would make a parallel between her and Hanns and the Captain and the Aeon Legion, but nope She just keeps on being thick headed and refuses to see Hanns side to try and connect with him and open him up to her own side of things Like you do know that a big part of the German population didn t know about the atrocities they committed, right Would you hate them too Hanns is no better than that and you could make him see what s about to happen and at least try to make him stop trying to time travel but nope.Is it because he s a Nazi I don t think so because the author does portray him in a better light than the SS or other members of the party I think it s because that s going to happen in the sequel is there one lol I don t know I just want logicAnd I mean Terra is also pretty, uh what s the word like a dude says he s Muslim and she s immediately like I m not wearing a burqua bro and he s like wat and she s like omg you re Muslim and you actually respect women LIKE DUDE WOW I thought Iwas little bit too hateful of the good old Allahu Akbar but that s just made me feel a lot better about myself geez And there s all this bullshit with Roland just like waiting and observing people fail a test so he can learn from their mistakes and somehow that makes him the worst person ever Oh and there s also a part where she s told that her friends went ahead of her because if they hadn t they would ve been dead and she also sees that as a major betrayal like dude they were firing rockets at them geezAnd there s also this test they go through where they view spoiler get captured and tortured by their own people and it s treated as this big how could you but THERE S LITERALLY NO DESCRIPTION OF IT It s just they tortured them and Terra being mad Like I hadn t even registered until I read another review that this would ve totally affected them but it had so little impact on anything that I just didn t get it hide spoiler OH YEAH the Kairos thing Ok so Terra is recruited by Alya and keeps it secret, blah blah And then we had the whole school being in awe of Kairos, Alya s past squire Kairos this, Kairos that, etc The story and Terra makes a point of showing that Terra isn t Kairos, will not be Kairos and that Kairos is in the past But then at the end they ruin it Like Terra inherits a revamped symbol of Kairos And I totally didn t feel it Because you know what LYCUS was the one Terra was parallel to He was the one she had to impress to get in He was the one she stood up to during the trials He was the one who was there for her, not Alya Who even is she Meanwhile Lycus has all those meaningful talks with Terra about revenge and war and sides and doing what s right, which apply to her own rivalry with Hanns, unlike anything Kairos represents To me Kairos was what Terra wasn t and that was it A contrast between two heroines to set the tone of what s to come view spoiler Terra totally should ve gotten Cerberus, not Kairos s shitty blade It would ve honored his spirit and finally severed her from Kairos reputation Jesus that made me mad Why did he have to die he was so awesome hide spoiler I haven t talked about Lycus have I He s awesome He s the school director and a fucking badass He takes no shit and he s the only one allowed to give it to his students He s got all these issues about fighting and killing but he will if it s need and I love it He s my favorite character.But the author kind of tried and failed to make him up as this enemy of the students Like a bully, but that doesn t work when he s having all these moments with Terra So fail.There sbut that s the core of it I liked it, it was fun, totally gonna read the sequel is there one I can t remember and I want to finish the review before looking So yeah read it if you re curious it s pretty fun Aeon Legion Labyrinth is an enjoyable read I found it to have very compelling world building with great depth and history It is a fantastic mixture of Harry Potter and Divergent from how it felt moved, not from the setting The characters were interesting and the premise of the book drew me in The style prose can be clunky at times, but I got used to it by the end Be forewarned that there are some spelling and punctuation issues, but if that kind of thing doesn t bother you too much, it Aeon Legion Labyrinth is an enjoyable read I found it to have very compelling world building with great depth and history It is a fantastic mixture of Harry Potter and Divergent from how it felt moved, not from the setting The characters were interesting and the premise of the book drew me in The style prose can be clunky at times, but I got used to it by the end Be forewarned that there are some spelling and punctuation issues, but if that kind of thing doesn t bother you too much, it isn t a big deal A few of the characters come off feeling one dimensional Terra s the main character parents are the worst in that regard Their reactions and personality are flat and they feel like throw aways to me With that being said, I found the rest of the book to be great The cast develops well and are believable The plot takes a bit to get moving, but once it does, it hits hard I found the book to be an innovative take on difficult tropes time travel and coming of age This book is entertaining enough, and has some interesting ideas The author has a great sense of humor and a good grasp on how to play around with tropes to mess with your expectations The writing is a little on the amateurish side, which is perfectly understandable and forgivable for an author s first published work I believe it was self published, but I could be wrong It does seem to be a lot better edited than the average self published book All in all, I really enjoyed it Is it the bes This book is entertaining enough, and has some interesting ideas The author has a great sense of humor and a good grasp on how to play around with tropes to mess with your expectations The writing is a little on the amateurish side, which is perfectly understandable and forgivable for an author s first published work I believe it was self published, but I could be wrong It does seem to be a lot better edited than the average self published book All in all, I really enjoyed it Is it the best book I ve ever read Nope Is it the worst Nope Was it fun, entertaining, and memorable Yeah, I think that it was Also, to any perspective writers out there, I highly recommend that you check out this author s youtube series Terrible Writing Advice where he gives some very valuable writing advice in a pretty humorous manner ( Free ) ☪ Aeon Legion: Labyrinth ⚔ Time travel has made the Edge of Time a dangerous place To protect the Edge of Time from the disastrous alterations of time travelers, the Aeon Legion seeks the greatest soldiers and warriors from the most bloody, war torn eras in history Those they deem worthy gain a chance to compete in the toughest training program ever designedTerra Mason, a plain eighteen year old girl from the modern United States, has an impressive stubborn streak Her persistence and bravery gains the notice and sponsorship of one of the Aeon Legion s greatest heroines Now Terra must turn that stubbornness into determination if she is to contend with history s finest soldiers and somehow pass the Aeon Legion s final test, the mysterious Labyrinth She will not quit Terra will prove that even someone as average as her can still be a heroineHanns Speer is polite, good natured, charming, a genius inventor of a time travel machine, and a dedicated member of the Nazi Party Yet he cannot understand why people from the future regard him and his fellow Nazis as monsters Now he must use his charisma and cunning to challenge the seemingly invincible Aeon Legion and its monopoly on time travel He will not quit Hanns will steal history itself if he has to, mistakenly believing it will prove him to be a hero La secrétaire the Aeon Legion seeks the greatest soldiers and warriors from the most bloody Bases d'optique géométrique : Des instruments ardents à la formation des images pour comprendre la vision et les couleurs de l'arc-en-ciel war torn eras in history Those they deem worthy gain a chance to compete in the toughest training program ever designedTerra Mason The Square a plain eighteen year old girl from the modern United States La Discipline positive dans la classe has an impressive stubborn streak Her persistence and bravery gains the notice and sponsorship of one of the Aeon Legion s greatest heroines Now Terra must turn that stubbornness into determination if she is to contend with history s finest soldiers and somehow pass the Aeon Legion s final test When Stars Came Down To Earth: Cosmology Of The Skidi Pawnee Indians Of North America the mysterious Labyrinth She will not quit Terra will prove that even someone as average as her can still be a heroineHanns Speer is polite Jeremstar par Jérémy Gisclon, ma biographie officielle good natured Affaires de famille charming Industrializing the Rockies: Growth, Competition, and Turmoil in the Coalfields of Colorado and Wyoming, 1868-1914 a genius inventor of a time travel machine Celle qui m'aime et autres nouvelles and a dedicated member of the Nazi Party Yet he cannot understand why people from the future regard him and his fellow Nazis as monsters Now he must use his charisma and cunning to challenge the seemingly invincible Aeon Legion and its monopoly on time travel He will not quit Hanns will steal history itself if he has to Ruby Ann's Down Home Trailer Park BBQin' Cookbook mistakenly believing it will prove him to be a hero This book was forced, all of it Over the top, clumsy, obvious Examples The whole heroism as a concept theme Don t get me wrong, it is a great debate, but the book itself was in the end too black and white to be the appropriate ground to pose it The book wants to be so philosophical, but in the end there are clear good and bad guys, at least that is what it is intended Terra wants to be a hero , and the Academy trains heros , and it bothers me to no end I know it is part of the discus This book was forced, all of it Over the top, clumsy, obvious Examples The whole heroism as a concept theme Don t get me wrong, it is a great debate, but the book itself was in the end too black and white to be the appropriate ground to pose it The book wants to be so philosophical, but in the end there are clear good and bad guys, at least that is what it is intended Terra wants to be a hero , and the Academy trains heros , and it bothers me to no end I know it is part of the discussion, but it seems that heroism is a job you can train for by following some steps rather than a collection of traits and decisions as envisioned from a particular perspective whichever those might be The thematically appropriate names and the allegedly timeless Saturn City which is actually heavily based on ancient Greece and Rome Like, come on Terra Mason is a girl that likes stones and is strong and resilient as one Lycus Cerberus has a grin like a wolf I wonder if their parents could see their future and named them accordingly Nikias, Orion, Prometheus, all characters from Greek mythohistory Endymion s symbol is a moon ARRRGH breathe Not to mention all the positions in the army consul, cohort, leggionaire, centurion are ripped right from Rome The fights were like a f cking videogame In fact, all the book was Am I the only one who noticed Everything happens in stages, the enemies and weapons have a number of abilities and very specific limits, and there is always a precise way to escape the situation The fact that most of the book focused on the training, with little time left to forge relationships and delve in the subplots did not help I didn t believe Terra s feelings, positive or negative, for other people, and the subplots seemed to come out of nowhere with very little previous work Terra leaving and returning home It was very weird First she tells them I m joining the time police and apparently they take it as normal, and when she returns they act as if she had gone away for a couple of days to a regular training course The way Delphia is treated is similar She appears early to provide an introduction to the city and then briefly returns in the end to say hi One would think Terra would make the effort of keeping in touch with her, since she was so nice to her Oh, and her backstory also came out of nowhere and wanted to explain something that really didn t need all that much of an explanation.Overall, despite all of the above, I liked the worldbuilding a lot It shows that it is very well thougt out and I found it quite original I loved the character of Lycus What can I say, I have a sweet spot for those Roland and Delphia also made my day I could even empathise with Hanns and his fight with his superior s blind faith in false science Us science people understand each other Terra s character development, although heavy handed, was very well done I disliked her at the beginning for being so spoiled and whining, but I ended up liking what she represented So, will I read the following installment It is very likely.Thanks for reading Plot 4 5Charcterisation 2 5 Great characters but JP doesn t show their character enough so that when there are supposed to be emotional moments or punches, they don t hit hard enough.Worldbuilding 4.5 5 Incredible, original world with many cool new ish concepts The Mason on the end of her name annoyed me Yet, I think the author has potential and might improve so I plan to readBest new series I have read in a while Thanks for the new read JP and keep it up. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Warning This review contains spoilers.Right off the bat, I just want to say I really enjoyed reading this book.I liked the main character and her transformation character development throughout the book was well executed I was very impressed and honestly quite enthralled by the world building The author managed to portray time travel as a real, practical science and eternal youth as a plausible and attainable possibility The rules of both are pretty clear cut but don t seem trivial or arbitr Warning This review contains spoilers.Right off the bat, I just want to say I really enjoyed reading this book.I liked the main character and her transformation character development throughout the book was well executed I was very impressed and honestly quite enthralled by the world building The author managed to portray time travel as a real, practical science and eternal youth as a plausible and attainable possibility The rules of both are pretty clear cut but don t seem trivial or arbitrary The entire city and Legion are meticulously planned with an attention to detail that reminds me of George R R Martin but thankfully this book didn t introduce as many characters as he does.The pacing for most of the novel was also good, though, to be honest, I got bored during the interval between the battle at the library in the beginning and Alya coming to recruit Terra at her quarry I know this part is meant to show what Terra s life is like in her home continuum and just how average and mundane her life is but it bored me nontheless The story really picked up for me when the Tirones training started The tasks they were meant to perform were well described and exciting and I found the idea of being able to replicate any kind of terrain, weather, buildings and even people using salients a very captivating concept The Academy teachers were cool too esp Nikias and sometimes it was like they were just messing with the recruits for fun I found the part where Nikias and co try to ambush Terra in the Academy after her meeting with Lycus quite funny.Now, let s come to the vill wait Are they really villains Hanns and Kairos They themsleves don t think so at all Hanns believes he is doing a service for his country while Kairos thinks mindbogglingly that entire worlds need to be ended along with thousands if not millions of lives to save Time itself Both seem to be doing things not for personal gain but what they truly perceive to be the greater good This is another theme that is interwoven through the whole story Who are heroes and villains really Are they just born that way or do they become like that over time How do you know you ve become a villain or hero The story doesn t really give us a clear answer but encourages us to form our own opinion on the matter as Alya does with Terra.Coming to the writing style, I have to say that I overall enjoy Beaubien s writing though I wish he would include a bitof the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist But, I do think I understand why he refrained from doing that see section on Terra Mason There were a few typos and grammatical mistakes that I noticed and found slightly annoying but what bothered methan this was the lack of contractions in the dialogue The dialogues seemed like they were from a movie script and not coming from the mouths of actual people.Terra Mason Terra s main qualities are STUBBORN, or determined, depending on point of view , blunt, strong sense of morality and justice, observent, extremely in control of her emotions, an honestly unrealistic tolerance for pain, brave if not almost fearless, if the Trial of Fear is anything to judge by.Terra is the story s protagonist who nearly every character in the story underestimes And for good reason She is not exceptionally smart, good looking, strong or talented She has an overall average skill set but we are told from the start it s because she never truly TRIES to achieve greatness until she joins the training program I think it s because all the people in her life excluding her parents and Mr Smith, the very disposable history teacher ignored her or just downright bullied her Terra is very reserved but not unfriendly She values friendship, loyalty and honesty the most which is why she dislikes Roland so much The confusing bit about her is that I can t really point out any major flaws about her other than 1 her obstinacy, which usually isn t a problem because she isn t unreasonable and unnecessarily disobedient like Hikari and 2 her astonishing lack of emotion in some scenes Case in point Zaid s death Sure, his death weighs heavily on her when she s still in the Labyrinth but after the storm has passed, she doesn t really mourn It s like she s taken all of the grief she felt about Zaid s death and locked it in a vault in her mind This girl is a Severus Snape level Occlumens A master at suppressing her emotions Why is that I think because whenever she showed strong emotions during her childhood throwing a rock at Val and crying in front of her mother afterwards , the result was always negative The other kids began to fear her and avoid her evenand her mother yelled at her My favourite scene of Terra s arguably my favorite scene in the whole book was when she faced the Captain during the Trial of Worth What she said was really inspiring and something I think everyone should remember Greatness can come from anywhere and if you really want something and are willing to put in the work, you can achieve it However, the real obstacle comes when no one believes in you It makes you doubt your worth, makes you second guess whether or not you are really good enough to achieve the greatness that you seek In times such as these, YOU must believe in yourself and persevere It s a very good message, especially for young adults There is also a notable lack of love interests for Terra which isn t all that surprising given her character traits but still quite anomalous considering the main character is a teenage girl in a sci fi thriller.Hanns Speer A brilliant German scientist from the time of Nazi Germany who fervently believes his country is destined for greatness and is willing to do anything to help achieve that objective Or is he Hanns is the character immediately introduced after Terra and is also one of the two characters mentioned in the blurb Keeping this in mind, he gets a disproportionately less amount of coverage in the book In between stretches of terrible trials that Terra must tolerate we see a glimpse of what Hanns is up to Though it was insightful, by that point I almost forgot he even existed A little background info for Hanns would ve been nice and a look at just how he was managing his time travel project would have also been appreciated Just throwing in a Hanns POV chapter from out of nowhere really felt weird when I was reading it.Hanns is a very well rounded character He s cunning, charming, patriotic but also smug and fooled by his own hubris He wants to be a hero to his country and though is willing to lie and steal to get what he wants, is unwilling to maim and murder innocent people That doesn t show him in a very good light but considering most of the established heroes in the story have killed tens of thousands of people already it s just an interesting contrast I find him to be a compelling antagonist and I hope to seeof him in the next book.Alya Silverwind Beautiful, powerful, rebelious and kind Alya is portrayed as the ideal superhero in the beginning However, she is also one of the deadliest members of the Legion with the highest confirmed kills and the lesser known title of Bloodstorm She has her moments of seriousness and wisdom but is usually shown to be playful and cheerful I liked her character but never really developed an attachment to her.Lycus Cerberus This guy was just amazing He was the one character that always made me sit up straight and pay attention to what was happening Lycus is the brutal and slightly deranged head of the training programme Though he appears absolutely monstrous in the eyes of the tirones, he is respected by all his fellow legionnaires I found his three faces the Captain, the beast and the scholar very compelling and the connections between his three personas, his alias Cerberus, the three time cores on his aeon edge, and his role as guardian of the gates was also appreciated Somehow the mix of violence and caring in his personality justworked I didn t expect to get as much attached to him as I did and then he DIED Face palm I did not see that coming Justphenomenal characterisation.Roland Delmare Arguably the most entertaining character in the book Roland is a charming yet unabashedly unscrupulous knight whose only reason for joining the Legion is to get immortality Pretty straight forward, right Well, not quite He also appears to have some kind of tragic backstory that I desperately want to know about and strongly dislikes Terra in the beginning because she is the only one who can see past his mask which is as much as, if notthan, a weapon for him as his sword He is also sarcastic, funny and manipulative though usually not in a vindictive way which makes him really fun to read The author did a good job at keeping him in character till the end but the strange thing is that most of his acts of selflessness or bravery are carried out at the behest of Terra He seems to trust her very quickly after that heart to heart he had with her in the Trial of War, even going so far as to leave the Labyrinth trials unfinished to help her catch a criminal, following her to an unknown time and trying to rescue her from Kairos, all at the risk of losing his life and or immortality Pretty big leap character wise Potential friend Potential love interest I dunno, let s just read the next book when it arrives and find out.Hikari Urashima Hikari was also an interesting character, extremely talented and badass, though I didn t like her nearly as much as Roland How could I when she s either beating people up esp our protagonist , outright insulting people for no valid reason or challenging people to duels just to prove that she s better than them sigh It was really very hard to dredge up any empathy for her becauseher abilities just seemed so unrealistic and her personality so caustic I felt such satisfaction when Terra finally stood up to her during the Trial of Blades I still don t really like her character but I don t dislike her eithershe just came off as mean spirited and uninspiring and if she had died at any point I wouldn t have felt any sadness.Zaid Zaid was one guy I really liked and I suspect it s got a lot to do with the fact that we mostly only see him when he s showing his dedication to the team by training them or showing his pragmatism and good leadership qualities when leading them He is clearly honest, caring and a loyal team leader However, I wish there had beenmoments where we see him cement his friendship with Terra It would have made his deathpainful and jarring for the reader I wasn t surprised though when he died, the Sybil s prophecy spoiled it for me.Miscellaneous questions and thoughts How does Minerva control the birthrate in Saturn City It s mentioned in the book that the city s demographics are stagnant But, near the beginning, Vita mentions there s a baby lottery That means that babies are being born And the only way to keep the demographics stagnant would be for an equal amount of deaths to balance out the births So, whenever a Saturnian dies, a baby is allowed to be born If using a Restore essentially brings a healthy, uninjured copy of yourself back through time, why doesn t it affect your mental state or memories The brain is also part of the body so wouldn t Restore be like a reset button on your memories How can sonic ciphers translate both ways I imagined them like hearing aids and it wasn t until I read the appendix that I realised they are meant to work both ways How did Terra convince her parents to let her join the time police Beth and Fred seem pretty chill about the fact that their only child is leaving to join an army of immortals Why does the Legion use dust outs to guard Tartarus Shouldn t the prison be guarded by people that the legion deems competent After all, it does contain convincted criminals, vicious beasts and dangerous technology It s already a risk keeping all of this crazily dangerous stuff INSIDE their treasured utopia so why take any chances with security Do the tirones not get any time for leisure and recreation I think tirones are allowed to visit the other sectors of the City but we never see Terra do that The mental and physical stress they are already under in the Academy is extraordinary so why isn t it ever mentioned that some tirones go off to the Convivium or somewhere to let off steam Does Kairos already know Terra is Alya s new squire I am convinced she does She was the one who left a white rose in Terra s hair when she came to steal Terra s ID from her shieldwatch White, the opposite of black And the type of flower, a rose This is such blatant foreshadowing Kairos knows that the Legion is going to send their best Legionnaire to try and stop her and who better than the latest prot g of Alya Silverwind And since she stole Terra s ID, wouldn t she be able to find out who squired her from Terra s own records They even give Terra Kairos s blade after reforging it The hints are so in your face it almost makes me think the author is going to make someone else kill Kairos just to subvert our expectations Is it possible for a squire to just not tryout for the Legion s training programme I think they have to try at least once or else Roland might never have even gone to the Academy What exactly are the Kings and Queens of time and how did they rule all of Time Is that even possible Were they all related Couldthan one King and Queen rule at one time I found this book not long after stumbling across the author s YouTube Channel To put my opinion of the book in one sentence, it s, One of my favorites I have read many of the other reviews here on goodreads, so I am going to try and focus on things that I didn t see from the other review that I want to talk about.The most odd thing I found about this book is what audience it is going for For background, I am a sopho in college at the moment What I find most strange is that the book ca I found this book not long after stumbling across the author s YouTube Channel To put my opinion of the book in one sentence, it s, One of my favorites I have read many of the other reviews here on goodreads, so I am going to try and focus on things that I didn t see from the other review that I want to talk about.The most odd thing I found about this book is what audience it is going for For background, I am a sopho in college at the moment What I find most strange is that the book cannot seem to pinpoint a target age group In many ways, I can see this novel being for a young adult audience, maybe 8th grade to 11th or so Many of the main themes it deals with seem to be around that area, ideas on growing up, becoming independent, overcoming struggle, finding inner motivation, etc All of these are good themes, and I think they are definitely done well The main character being nothingthan a normal, modern girl who just graduated high school highlights this In truth, her character is so bland and 0 dimensional in the beginning that it is very easy for anyone to put themselves in her shoes However, it does not take all that long for some odd topics to come up The first that struck me is when the main character, Terra, is being introduced to the grand Saturn City and all of its wonders She meets a friend and shortly after, that friend s mother The mother introduces Terra to a series of drugs that the denizens of Saturn City use One of these, makes sex amazing This comes, to me, out of nowhere and seemed jarring for the relatively normal tone of the book For me, to include the topic of aphrodisiacs is pretty advanced, something that I could see a book targeted for people around 18 After reading this, I mentally adjusted Ok, I thought, the diction and overall language may be a bit low, but the topics are going to beadvanced And yet, they never do I know there is a running joke about love triangles for the author and his fanbase, but that does not limit the author from making any romantic references I say this because I feel that if he is going to include lore on the sexual activities of the denizens of Saturn City, it makes sense that at least some aspect of the story might include something similar Instead, this aphrodisiac is rather just dropping into the story It is a bit of a shock, but nothing.The second, and perhaps most strange thing for me is the inclusion of the word bully many, many times Perhaps for Terra, aged at around 18, it makes some sense for her to say this However, when the mean, gruff, and near psychopathic Lycus to say something along the lines of, I have no room for BULLIES in MY school it really made me cringe A person who is aged, I believe, over a thousand years, saying bully just doesn t make sense For me, that word is only used around middle school, younger, and maybe the early half of high school, not a person with a thousand years under his belt.These two things together, in the same book, is what I am confused about On one hand, the advanced topic of aphrodisiacs are discussed, but any other reference to love or sex is never again mentioned Then, not long after, there is several instances of the word bully, as if the book is a PSA in middle school My most pressing advice for the author would be to define his target audience and write to that end I have no issue with advanced topics being covered in books for middle and high schoolers I read book series like Gregor the Overlander, which had no issue covering many dark and twisted things Yet, in Gregor the Overlander, these topics did not seem dropped in The fear of death, and suffering are common and pressing concerns in the series, with many threats around every dark corner However, in Aeon Legion, that is mostly a dry, motivational tale of becoming something from nothing, a single comment on sex is just strange Another thing I wish to talk about is the main character, Terra I will try not to spoil too much, focusing mostly on the beginning of the book, most of which is available as a sample Primarily, as mentioned before, Terra seems even flatter than 1 dimensional to start with This is so bad that you could switch her gender with nearly zero impact on the book, an aspect that does not change later on Honestly, the most severe impact of Terra being female is that she is not as strong or tall as other characters, something that does not have to be specific to a female character This is furthered in her lack of interest of any character The normal interactions between boy and girl just do not appear with Terra She does not have any interest in any person, and neither does any person seem to have interest in her Although it is fine to not deal with romance, hints at it, even so small as a tiny comment like he looks cute would be cliche, but it would at least flesh out her gender a bitAm I saying all female characters need to have relationships, or act overtly feminine No However, a strong aspect of Terra s character is that she is a relatively normal girl.Another aspect of Terra that seems to be lacking is her overall personality I would say that, in general, Terra seems to react to most things in a predictable and almost boring way Something time based Weird and unimaginable This is made worse by her strangely ignorant comments When she sees a character, she immediately assumes that they must be like how she imagines Knight Must be chivalrous Japanese Must be honorable Muslim Oh my gosh You are going to make be cover my hair To me, it was much to obvious that her acting in such ways was an easy way to develop the theme that you can t judge a person based on their appearance or nationality, etc The theme itself I find to be a tad simple And with most characters, there is only one single twist to them Small spoilers The knight is crafty and the opposite of chivalrous The Japanese woman does not care about honor The Muslim does not care about Terra s hair showing and is very tolerant of others However, there is not really all that muchto them I think this theme should have been broadened to the cliche don t judge a book by its cover At least with that, ainteresting character could have been crafted, instead of just a negative of a racial archetype.The third thing I want to talk about is the second most important character in the book the antagonist Put simply, I am mostly disappointing in him The author calls him a Nazi, however, that is a dubious claim Many times in the book, Hannes rejects key aspects of the Nazi ideology, such as the hate of Jews, racial supremacy, and many others Essentially, Hannes is a German nationalist He wants Germany to win the Second World War, not Nazi Germany What I dislike about this is that it waters down the character In the first paragraph, you are hit with an astounding event Nazis invade a library in the 21st century However, this is really just in name only In a move that I can understand and respect, the author does not go about including actual Nazism in the book, or at the very least, makes sure any Nazi ideology is understood to be false and bad The author tries hard to make us sympathize with Hannes, to make us understand his motivation However, I believe that the author tries too hard to make Hannes not so bad Is he a Nazi Yes, but he doesn t believe in any of that nasty stuff like eugenics Is he at odds against Terra Yes, but he is very polite and a gentleman Is he involved with one of the worst regimes in history Yes, but he isn t evil, he is just misguided One of the things I hate the most about Hannes is that he is made out to be one of the most bright scientists ever, capable of pulling amazing feats of ingenuity and a REAL scientist However, when he is faced with the concept that the Nazis are seen as evil, or that they lose the second world war, he just can t accept or understand it He merely rejects any notion of it Not to be a gatekeeper, but I feel that an actual scientist would be curious at this, and investigate it, not just brush it off When a scientist finds something that goes against what he knows, he seeks it out and explores it, not reject it.Another point about Hannes is that I feel that he is underused The synopsis makes Hannes out to be the main villain, the main antagonist in the book However, I feel that he isn t Terra faces manychallenges, and all of them are much harder than Hannes Hannes is not the main villain, he is just a side show that serves in moving the plot along near the end of the book I feel that there is a lotthan could have been done with him.To end this bit of ranting I got into, I just want to say again how amazing the book is What I talked about were, I think, minor flaws, the bits of dust in an almost perfect gem It is clear from the onset that the author put an epic amount of thought and care into this book, and the entire setting From the moment I read it, I did nothing but read until I was finished I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone, just keep in mind that it is angled towards young adults I put this book down at around 53%.What I LikedFirst, I have to give regards to Beaubien s YouTube account, Terrible Writing Advice , which I greatly enjoy He clearly understands the pitfalls of various ubiquitous fiction tropes, especially those in YA novels, and it shows I didn t roll my eyes at a love triangle, nor was I thrown out of the world by any obvious plotholes.The novel s greatest strength is in its premise Beaubien successfully made a world where knights, Nazis, martial artists, I put this book down at around 53%.What I LikedFirst, I have to give regards to Beaubien s YouTube account, Terrible Writing Advice , which I greatly enjoy He clearly understands the pitfalls of various ubiquitous fiction tropes, especially those in YA novels, and it shows I didn t roll my eyes at a love triangle, nor was I thrown out of the world by any obvious plotholes.The novel s greatest strength is in its premise Beaubien successfully made a world where knights, Nazis, martial artists, and other historical heroes and villains could interact with each other, which I found fascinating Imagine, say, if Roman gladiators had made a futuristic Colisseum on a level of Saturn City, or a debate scene with Greek scholars pitted against Tibetan monks I also liked the idea of his protagonist, and, to a lesser extent, his other charactersWhat I Didn t Likebut beyond their initial impressions, they didn t have much depth This could ve been solved through my main problem endemic to the entire book Beaubien s writing style.The writing is very blunt and relatively unemotional Most sentences just state something that happened X stared at Y Y shook his head He had a hard time believing it Y activated the machine It then sputtered and turned on That sort of writing The phrase show, not tell is a cliche, but very applicable here I ultimately stopped reading because I was bored I didn t feel anything when events, even those that should ve been very evocative, occurred.Avisceral writing style would both increase readers interest through sentence variety and descriptive language and add depth to the characters I wanted to seefrom the side characters to get a better sense of the world.My last major point for Aeon Legion Labyrinth addresses its pacing There are large portions of the book dedicated to explaining the rules of the world and of its technology The information itself is fine, and often explained through action, though redundant If an object does something, it s usually unnecessary to then explain what had happened Alternately, if an author explains what an object does, the object doesn t have to be used in that exact way a sentence later SeeMen in Black s Noisy Cricket gun for a good example Some minor points Beaubien uses few contractions, even in dialogue He also uses comparatively few commas, which isemblematic of the lack of compound or compound complex sentences Perhaps I m just too loyal to the Oxford comma.Summary if you don t mind the blunt writing style, Aeon Legion Labyrinth is a fairly entertaining read I wish Beaubien had donewith the premise, but maybe he ll expand on his writing in the rest of the series