The highly anticipated sequel to the award winning “The Hockey Saint” taking place ten years after “Saint” ends. The legendary Jeremiah “Jake” Jacobson, now thirty two, has been the world’s best hockey player over his fourteen year career because of his out of this world talent level and his smart play. But he can’t stay on top forever, and when he starts making mistakes on the ice, his career and family life start to crumble.
At the same time, Tom Leonard, his agent and best friend, is completely overwhelmed by a project that he and Jake were supposed to be working on together. A project that could have a huge impact on people throughout their city in need of a helping hand. As Jake sinks deeper into a funk over his lost status due to his deteriorating play and the emergence of teammate and rookie phenom Barclay Pedersen, Tom realizes he’s on his own. At the same time he rediscovers someone from his past who he never thought he’d see again. In that burgeoning relationship, Tom discovers the importance of taking chances and starts to believe in himself.
Can Jake break out of his downward spiral and Tom finally find the courage to step out of Jake’s shadow?
I received copies of this book from NetGalley and the author in exchange for an honest review.
Hockey Karma is the third and final book in the Forever Friends Trilogy and I feel that it’s come such a long way since the first book was set almost 20 years ago.
The amount of character development that took place in this graphic novel was extraordinary. I felt like I grew with the characters and the way it was written really makes you feel like you’re a part of the story. I liked Jake in the second book but in this one there were times when he annoyed me. That was what I meant by the character development. He didn’t flip a 180 in an instant, the artwork portrayed the changes he went through and how he worked to get better.
Seeing Tom grow up and become more successful in each book made me feel like a proud mom. He’d probably be the character I miss the most.
I loved the throwback! The fact that we were taken back to where it all started made for a bitter sweet memory. This was the best way to end the trilogy in my opinion. While it wasn’t my favourite of all three, I did like the send off we were given.
See my reviews for books 1 & 2 in the Forever Friends Trilogy:
Read: 22 October 2016
Publication Date: 1 November 2016
Publisher: Animal Media Group
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Howard Shapiro