Young Adult - Fantasy - General
268 Pages
Reviewed on 05/16/2021
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Author Biography

Matt Chapman grew up outside of Cleveland and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he is completing his residency in Psychiatric medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine where he obtained his MD and a graduate of Saint Louis University where he majored in Biology.

Matt has had a passion for writing and reading since childhood and continues to find time for these interests among his other pursuits, including medical education and leadership studies. He is currently working on his next novel in The Banewind Series.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Banewind by Matt B. Chapman is a fantastic meld of young adult romance and fantasy. Eighteen-year-old Genevieve DeWinter is a normal high school girl whose world changes abruptly after she discovers a group of magical beings known as Formulists. They inhabit a world known as Banewind. The arrival of mages in her hometown eventually leads to the startling revelation that Genevieve comes from a long line of female protectors of the Holy Guardian. As powerful secrets begin to be laid bare, her life is in grave danger because she is the target of the group of Formulists that believes she is the key to resurrecting the Void King. While fighting to stay alive, she must, with help from her friends, find a way to stop the Voidweavers from plunging the world into chaos.

Banewind is a story with a twisty plot and believable characters. Genevieve is a captivating female protagonist and I enjoyed how meticulously her inner world is written. Apart from the mystery she has to unravel, kissing Jensen has been enough to arouse emotions she is unable to contain. The romance is skillfully written and it fleshes out the plot while deepening character development. The internal dialogues are well-written and I enjoyed how they pulled me into the minds of the characters. An example is when Jensen gets closer to Genevieve and speaks, she concludes, in her mind, that if voices were fabric, “his would be softer than silk.” The writing is spectacular, at times lyrical, and sprinkled with poetry that adds to the sense of mystery already dominating the narrative. Matt B. Chapman has the gift for writing realistic dialogues and he uses them to create a relentless drama that keeps readers racing through the pages. Banewind is a smartly written fantasy spiced with young romance; it contains all the elements that create a delicious novel.

K.C. Finn

Banewind is a work of fiction in the fantasy genre, aimed at young adult readers, and penned by author M. B. Chapman. The story follows a young woman named Genevieve who is pulled from her normal everyday life into the magical world of Banewind after a group of mages put her on the path to discovering her own magical heritage. With her discovery putting her in the crosshairs of the Voidweavers, a dangerous faction of Banewind residents, Genevieve must struggle to survive long enough to stop the Voidweavers in their bid to re-awaken their leader and commit the world to doom.

Banewind does an excellent job of creating a unique and exciting world in the form of Banewind itself, which feels like a vibrant and real place in descriptions. It’s always a much-welcome breath of fresh air when a fantasy author brings a strong and original concept to the table with their work, and M. B. Chapman is an excellent world builder. The balance between enough detail to immerse the reader in the world and so much that it becomes overwhelming was excellently struck, and complementing the world of Banewind are the characters who inhabit it. Genevieve feels like a very authentic teenager responding in realistic but interesting ways to the fantastical things that happen to her. The author makes her easy to invest in by keeping her grounded in reality, likable in who she is, and admirable in what she tries to do. All in all, I’d happily recommend this book to fans of young adult fantasy.

Liz Konkel

Banewind by MB Chapman is about Genevieve, an ordinary girl whose life was once normal with good friends, school, and fighting with her younger brother. Things start looking up when a new guy transfers to her school. Not only does he immediately catch everyone's attention, but Jensen seems to actually be interested in her. Everything is flipped upside down when she discovers the secret magical world of Banewind, uncovers a shocking truth her mother kept hidden, and learns that a group called Voidweavers will stop at nothing until they get her. Her family comes from a line called Holy Guardians with a responsibility to keep the world safe. Now she's gone from a normal teenage girl to running from enemies that want her to resurrect the Void King. The Voidweavers have tricks of their own and a mysterious stranger appears that wants to gain her trust but could he be leading her into a web of lies?

The story starts with Genevieve as a carefree teenager and the events explore her facing a huge burden. She has more on her shoulders than just classes. Now the weight of the world is put onto her and she's directly in the middle of trying to prevent the world from falling into the destruction and chaos the Voidweavers have planned. The plot focuses on her being in the middle between the Voidweavers and the Formulists with both sides complete strangers to her. These two sides come with an assortment of characters that unfold to bring this world to life with allies and enemies that round out her adventure. The two sides manifest within the two guys that she meets, literally from each side, and this creates a tug-of-war for her.

Jensen is the dashing new guy at school with the personality of a knight in shining armor who is perfect on paper. This creates a spark of romance with his heroic presence and Genevieve's strong attraction to him. Scythe has a tragic past and was raised by the Voidweavers so all he's known is the life they built for him but meeting Genevieve gives him a choice for his own path. The characters of Scythe and Jensen represent the two sides that the story is focusing on and the two options that Genevieve has to choose. Good versus evil isn't so simple as MB Chapman creates a gray area for the characters that allows them to make their own choices. Banewind is a coming-of-age journey that is magical and tells a story of a change in destiny, secrets, and the power to prevent the world from falling into chaos.


This book is great from the first page! I couldn’t put it down. The author is so descriptive giving you the sense that you’re actually in Banewind. For those looking for a great young adult fantasy novel, look no further. I cannot wait for the remainder of the series to be published!


I enjoyed reading this book from start to finish. The author’s vivid writing style brings the pages to life and made for a great escape. He goes to great lengths to transition between modern day and his fantasy world of “Banewind” effortlessly. And I love how he transports the reader without losing any depth of character or plot. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next as I developed a real kinship with Genevieve.
I might have passed this book by since it’s a young adult, but it relates to everyone. It’s a great book, I highly recommend it

Ilona Guerra

I think this could be the next big thing. I would love to see this made into a movie or tv show. The story is intriguing, the characters easy to imagine, and the writing is great. Super easy read and kept me invested the entire time! Ready for book 2!

Cameron H.

I was very excited to read this and it didn’t disappoint! Loved the story and the characters. I got it delivered the other day and already finished it. Very easy to read something like this when so good! Def recommend to anyone!