- File Size: 651 KB
- Print Length: 253 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jane Jago (August 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01L5S1T2S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Aaspa's Eyes Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The main characters, Aaspa and Aascko, are hunters and mates who seemed to do as much populating of their nest with various waifs and strays as they did hunting.
They were well fleshed out and I liked the different sides of them – the ruthless hunter, the gentle parent and the loving partner.
The world building was minimal, and the book, in general, was lacking in description. Apart from the fact that hunters have wings and crests, I have no idea what they look like. My imagination could fill in on some of the other characters, such as Owl and Small Cat. Then there are the drones a type of servant whom I thought at first were possibly mechanical, until I discovered they could eat and drink!!
Adding to my confusion is the fact that Aaspa and Aascko weren’t the only characters whose names began with Aa, there were a lot, and I struggled to remember who was who. Having to go back and figure that out pulled me from the story, which would otherwise have been well-paced.
*not for under 18’s due to a few ‘unnecessary’ explicit sex scenes.
Though there are quite a few scenes with elements of the world highlighted, I cannot honestly say there was much in the way of actual world building. It is definitely a fantasy setting – beyond the races and species presented in the cast – but not much else really comes to light. Mostly, what the world is develops out of what the world is NOT, though the lack of actual development does not cause the story to feel shallow or whimsical at all.
The cast is deftly developed as they are introduced – each one is given a nice silhouette for the rest of the story to refine into a believable person. The refinement is highly depending on the screen time, and importance of the character to the scene in which they are introduced – some that appear for a scene, or two, are highly refined. Others are left as background shadows – useful to fill in scenes, but not fully fleshed in. (Almost like an inverse bas-relief carving.) It is an interesting technique to keep the reader turning the pages – you wonder what new contours will be revealed when the action shifts to shine new light angels into the characters you have begun to know.
The pacing was spot on for Aaspa’s Eyes. I felt no sense of time dilation or compression as I read through. Even with a couple of the more bucolic scenes where a sense of lag could have crept in, there was enough going on elsewhere to keep driving the story forward.
My one nitpick was that I had a bit of trouble with the names. This is a large ensemble cast and a good many of the characters have names beginning with the same double A, so I found myself going back and rereading passages to figure out who was who.
Overall, however, this is a great tale of family and defending our own with a bit of fantastic thrown in for good measure. It would be very interesting to see a follow-up detailing a young man Owlet. Loved it.
My problem is the categories it seems to be listed under. This is not Dark Fantasy or Horror.
I'd put it more under Young Adult or at most paranormal.
The main characters are half demon half angel, but Aaspa and Aasko are very very nice Hunters. They are ruthless in their job of hunting down wrong doers, but are very soft and fluffy at home with the very cute imps.
If I am to judge this as Dark Fantasy then I'd say the language is very soft (no swearing), the sex scenes are very brief and non-explicit, and the fight scenes are very one sided and over too quickly.
There is plenty of action, but it is all very 'safe'. There are scenes where something bad happens, and within a few pages it's all sorted and everyone is happy again. It's more mild peril than danger.
But, if you change the category to perhaps Young Adult, then this becomes a very good book.
It is well written, and I like the plot. It clearly addresses the issue of prejudice.
I would like more description of the race that Aaspa belongs to.
You hear crest, snout and paws at varying times, but I never got a clear image of what these beings are supposed to look like.
They have wings but rarely seem to use them; but they have to ensure they get oiled after bathing.
And I would have liked more of a story at the beginning, how the pair grew their relationship.
This may be my personal choice, but I don't like the format of '(dialogue)'.
I much prefer proper quotation marks " " to indicate speech.
Honestly, I like the book. I bought into the characters, and the plot kept a good pace.
Change the category and you change the expectation, I think is the lesson here.