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Blood Skies (Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The action is fast and deadly. The vampires of Blood Skies aren't high schoolers who sparkle in the sunlight or who try to blend in among human society. They are ferocious animalistic killers who feel no more empathy to Man than Man does to a Big Mac. Against them are the elite forces the humans have put together to stem the tide, using the newly discovered magicks that awoke after the world changed. The protagonist is a human warlock who uses the power of the spirit he is bonded with to defend himself and his fellow soldiers against their enemies as they track one of their own, whose betrayal to the enemy threatens the precarious stalemate they've managed.
The treatment of magic in the story is a unique take on the often cliched wizards and witches in other stories. Every warlock is bonded to an otherwordly spirit and can channel their power for various uses, but the toll it takes on their bodies ensures a shortened and painful life. Steven Montano does an excellent job bringing together all of the disparate elements in a cohesive storyline that moves forward relentlessly, and at times tragically. The writing style is staccato and terse, helping to emphasize the oftentimes brutal events.
All in all, it's a train ride through a hellish landscape filled with nasty, unpleasant things. Right up my alley.
The TL;DR :
There is a great fantasy world and an enjoyable story hidden beneath lots of poor / unrevised and unedited writing. If dark fantasy worlds are your thing, and you think you can get past the sea of adjectives, bad editing, and the occasional bit of clumsy writing the book is worth a read. Otherwise, I'd probably just stay away from it.
The Bad (facts):
1. I'd be willing to bet a valuable body part (my right lung for instance, remember that's the bigger one) that this book was not edited by anyone other than the author. The book is plagued with editorial mistakes. With self published work I generally try to look these things over a bit, but this book went just a bit over the top for me. There were missing commas that resulted in confusing sentences, a few sentences had left over words that I assume were meant to be replaced (the specific example that comes to mind is a sentence talking about magical bullets that "burrowed perforated their way into x creatures flesh").
2. Mr. Montano uses adjectives like they are the cure for cancer. The adjectives are so plentiful in this book that I actually considered them a hindrance to the reading experience in multiple places. Additionally the author used many words and adjectives incorrectly, or in a very awkward manner.Read more ›
From the pro-prologue (if that's what you can call the three and a half page blurb before the actual prologue,) I couldn't stop myself from wincing and rolling my eyes. It OOZES purple prose, and reminds me strongly of poetry I wrote in the third grade. I suppose to be fair, said poetry did win (little kid) contests, so the book is at least as good as GOOD third grade poetry...but as you may assume that is not sufficient for a published novel you would expect people to pay for.
Like many of my fellow reviewers have stated, it feels as though you have to whip out a freshly-sharpened machete to hack through the jungle of purple prose and similes. It's a nightmare. I really really WANTED to feel the tension Knight must have been feeling when the vampires were coming through the door, but all I could think was "If I see another simile, or if this guy uses the word 'ancient' one more time, I'm breaking my Kindle over my knee."
At any rate, two stars for the premise, zero for the execution. If you liked the book, I'm happy for you, and not even in a sarcastic, snotty way. Loving a book is an awesome feeling. I personally didn't care for this one at all. Just my $0.02.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read. The premise is a fresh take on the fantasy/sci-fi genre. I usually read a chapter a night but this book had me from page 1.Published 5 months ago by Nathan W. Gray
The pacing and storytelling seemed to be a little off, with great chunks of writing dedicated to describing the landscape, while giving the human characters are bare minimum. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rachel Scalmer
Well written characters. Maybe a little verbose in scene and background description but otherwise a fun read if you're into the macabre fantasy genrePublished 6 months ago by Kevin Briggs
It seems to be the fashionable thing lately to complain about adjectives, but I loved this book and the author's way with words. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Melody Hewson
This book is a raw emotional journey through a vivid and disturbing landscape. It takes a while before the main plot is set in motion, but intrigue remains steady from start to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Caitlin Farley
This book was hard to follow due to the sci-fi terms. A little too much "blood and guts" for my taste.Published 12 months ago by J. Zoulek
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