The World of Agartha

Cathedral of Time

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
410 Pages
Reviewed on 11/21/2022
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Author Biography

It was so much fun to write Cathedral of Time, and to create the multimedia for the book. How did it all come together? Let me take you on a trip down memory lane...

My neighbor worked on big name video game projects like Disney Infinity and Hogwarts Legacy. We talked about creating a video game that incorporated mythology, fantasy, urban legends, and history. I started working on a storyline and assets for the game. When I looked at the word count, I was about 1/3 the length of a Harry Potter book. I told my wife "I think I'm writing a book."

I spent the next 2 years adding details and working with professional editors to get everything just right. I released the first edition in 2017 doing very little marketing.

My wife showed me a technology that allowed access to augmented reality and virtual reality through the scanning of a code. I was super excited since I already had built many 3D assets for the story. I spent about 1 1/2 years working with this technology, when a friend decided to partner with me on my series. We decided to build our own app so we could do exactly what we wanted with the multimedia for my books. It's been a long journey to get Cathedral of Time ready for you to Xperience, but we're really excited to share it.

I hope you will submit your fan art through the app! I want to see how you envision the world I've created.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lexie Fox for Readers' Favorite

The World of Agartha: Cathedral of Time is a young adult fantasy novel by Stephen Thorpe. The book follows Makayla Brown as her investigation into local folklore leads her into a whole new world that exists aside from the one she knows. When she finds a hidden journal, she finds herself whisked away to a world of danger both familiar and unfamiliar. As she struggles to survive and find her way home from Agartha, her friends Tanner and Andrew are busy trying to solve the mystery of where she’s gone and how to get her back.

An interesting selling point of this book was its use of an app that allows readers to scan various QR codes throughout the book to access extra content which aids immersion wonderfully. The book itself is an exciting adventure filled with just the right amount of danger to keep readers invested and on the edge of their seats throughout. Stephen Thorpe has done some fascinating world-building in creating the land of Agartha, and the book stands out for its imaginative spin on existing tropes as well as some exciting new ideas that it brings to the table. I particularly enjoyed the sleuthing of Tanner and Andrew as they worked to try to help Makayla, though she is far from a helpless damsel in distress! Cathedral of Time promises to be the start of an exciting series and manages to deftly juggle the hefty task of establishing an entire world and its inhabitants and histories whilst also meeting the expectation of telling a complete and satisfying story on its own.