- File Size: 3113 KB
- Print Length: 267 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 8, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00988HXJQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Reaper of Sorrows (Book 1) (Songs of the Scorpion) Kindle Edition
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He currently lives in Montana with his wife, and has been known to work for chips and salsa.
While James spends most of his time navigating alternative realities, he periodically comes up for air at: jamesawest.blogspot.com
Top Customer Reviews
The writing was excellent; West's vocabulary is sophisticated yet eloquent and rings true to the genre. And the book was clean and professional.
Readers should note that this story is sort of "hard fantasy" (akin to "hard science fiction") in that it is very real. West does not write about fire-breathing dragons or elves or dwarves, etc., but there is magic in this story, as well as some monstrous creatures you wouldn't want to meet while camping in the mountains. Truly, some of the scenes made me cringe; a delightful reaction. I often found myself re-reading sentences and paragraphs, to re-savor the story, and to make sure I was reading it correctly.
The story itself is also well drawn and very compelling. I agreed to provide a review for the book but the most wonderful of things happened: I became a fan.
While reading, I kept thinking, 'Man, when is poor Rathe EVER going to catch a break?!' West is adept at chasing his main character up the proverbial tree, throwing rocks at him, setting the tree on fire, blowing it up with dynamite, and then chasing after him with a pack of wild dogs. The action in the story was virtually relentless. West has succeeded in the difficult and rather amorphous task of creating a character who is naturally heroic and deserves to win; we cheer him on at every step, while being forced to watch him endure hardship after hardship. Fortunately, Rathe can take it.
I look forward to the second volume of the Song of the Scorpion series, and recommend it.
- Well developed main character. He was written in the vain of Solomon Kane more so than Conan and I found it a pleasant take. He was tough both mentally and physically but not so much so that he was overwhelming and unbelievable. I especially like the way nothing ever came easy, there was absolutely no dues involved and the outcomes, though always in the heroes favor, only came after much trial and tribulation.
- Truly bad "bad" guys. The villans were, like the hero, not overwhelming in their power but evil enough to make you dislike them immensely and root for their demise.
- Detailed action and environment description. I truly felt like I could see and feel what the characters were doing and their sense of their environment from the POV written about
- Limited world building and secondary character development. They were introduced, both the world and secondary characters, but we never learn about them as people, their motivations or the world at large. Though the author isn't obligated to include these aspects, when a character or world is introduced it seems incumbent to include these details. For example when REH or Wagner introduced characters or places in the world of his heroes we got backstory and descriptions.
Overall a Great book and one I would def. recommend!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did like the book, but seems to me that the dumb decisions nearly all having to do with not killing the cowardly captian when he had an opportuinty and allowing himself to me... Read morePublished 16 months ago by ELM
I can admit I enjoyed the novel, although it was a tad short at 180 pages (as listed). I thought it was a decent beginning, I haven't yet picked up part 2 to see where the story... Read morePublished 21 months ago by reads too much
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