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Cross is such a multilayered protagonist that I am invested in him. Montano shows us vulnerability, introspection, fear, loneliness, and sensitivity in this character. He is also a maelstrom of violence when needed and a killing machine. Loss of those he loves and cares for is his constant. Magic is a weapon, a solace, and a burden for this warlock.
I am very engaged by the series and invested in the story. I highly recommend.
Mr. Montano's descriptive prose is so painstakingly beautiful you are in the moment with his characters at every turn. The sights, sounds, and even the smells almost sent me into sensory over load on more than one occasion. Cross' characterization is breathlessly crafted to the point where I could fall in love with his commitment and sensitivity and abhor his carnal cruelty in the same sentence. From the Vampire Gladiator Pit of Krul, to the tunnels under the deadly Ice City, Eric Cross is stripped of his humanity and left to face the enemy as a raw and ruthless machine powered by arcane magic. Bound on an ethereal level to those he neither likes nor trusts, Cross steps into the jaws of hell itself.
Military fantasy is normally not my first choice for an entertaining read. However, if high adventure in a military `blood and guts' sort of way is your thing Black Scars won't disappoint. If, like me, you enjoy fantasy that draws you into each scene, creates a character that you want to take home to heal, and thrives in a world where despair is the norm yet hope is offered by the warriors who willingly sacrifice themselves, you not only will not be disappointed, you might find yourself craving more.
I really liked this story. I loved Eric Cross. The world after The Black is a frightening one made bearable by the Warriors devoted to their craft. Consider this a woman's view of a genre usually dominated by the guys. Mr. Montano is an author who speaks to the soul, not just your gender.
As I mentioned in my review of book one, Montano excels at visual descriptions and world building, so much so that although I dislike military fantasy, I dig his work because I like high fantasy and horror. The tapestry he sets is so deep and so vivid, I'm drawn in and wrapped up in his cocoon. Now, there were times I wondered if a segment needed as much detail as he'd poured into it, but then he'd jump into a fight scene or five chapters later there was a tie in that rocked those details and I was flipping back and re-reading to make sure I had every little item just right in my brain-thing. Truly, he's got these layers of intensity going on with his characters and plot, it's clear he's spent so much time building them up and caring for them. I often can't fathom the hell he puts them through.
Again, an awesome, wild ride. I'm definitely on board for the next one. More likely the entire series.
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