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Reviewed by Courtney Fongheiser for Readers' Favorite
“His father had given the talisman to him with a promise: It will guide you and give you strength when you need it most.” Black Lightning by KS Jones is about a young boy named Samuel who has gone through a lot in life, but continues to fight for the life he wants. As an adult, I don’t often read about younger protagonists, so getting to know ten-year-old Samuel was refreshing. Kids are so honest, and most are not easily discouraged. I have younger siblings who have also been through a lot, like Samuel. I was able to understand his character on a more personal level because of that. The supporting characters were what Samuel needed. He needed reliable people by his side, but he also needed to be challenged so he could grow. I admire Jones’ skill in character development.
Jones’ writing style is well balanced. Black Lightning was a quick read for me because of how well it was written. Jones’ opening scene for this story was very well done. I knew right away how I was supposed to feel about certain characters. The scenes flowed together nicely, and that kept me hooked. Jones gave the right amount of attention to every aspect of the story. Character development, setting, dialogue between the characters, action scenes, and a unique charm set this story apart. I admire the author's creativity. This story was so much fun and refreshing to read. This is perfect for younger audiences who love adventure!