- File Size: 3595 KB
- Print Length: 220 pages
- Publication Date: October 12, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OGTDRNI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Book of Lokk: Death's Keep (Volume 1) Kindle Edition
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Lokk reminds me of Locke Lamora (the similar-sounding name aside), that arrogant thief who believes himself invulnerable until he learns that his vulnerability is linked to those closest to him. In "Death's Keep," Lokk comes to discover many things about his world, the most important of which is that of friendship. I feel this is what carries the novel apart from it's wonderful story. The love and trust between the main characters helps drive events, and it aids in giving the reader something to relate to within the harsh confines of the situations that Lokk finds himself in.
I have to admit that it's tough trying to review this story without giving away some vital revelations, so I'll keep it brief for the sake of not ruining any of the novel's defining moments, because it's worth reading and experiencing without foreknowledge.
The strength of the book is in the vivid imagery and well-paced action. The world around Lokk is beautifully, and gruesomely, realized. This, coupled with the familiar relationship of Lokk and his friends, makes the story all the more immersive and enjoyable.
While I praise the story and truly believe it's worth purchasing and reading, there were a few instances where I felt the writing and storytelling drifted away from a more adult-orientation to something that more closely resembled YA. This appeared more toward the latter quarter of the novel when certain situations and events called for a bit more gravity than the characters seemed to understand. There were moments when the attempts at humor felt distinctly out of place in respect to the turnings of the plot. And while most of the revelations in the book were nicely hidden and came as an organic surprise, there were a few that stood out as obvious, and one that wasn't given any foreshadowing but seemed to be massive in terms of the world's narrative.
These issues aside, I feel the book holds its own, and it's a worthwhile investment of time.
The story was enjoyable and moved along quickly. There were times when I found myself frustrated that I had to stop listening. I started using even short car trips to hear the story.
The book was a little shorter than I usually consider for an Audible purchase at 5 hours 10 minutes. There was one line read twice in chapter four that seemed like an editing error. I checked it a couple of times to be sure. I didn’t find any other errors, and I liked the job James Scofield MacKenzie did with the narration.
The three boys seem to have a deep friendship but I would have liked to see some more evidence as to how or why they were friends. There was lots of loyalty but no reason for these three boys to be so close.
The protagonist really did not feel solid. Even with a story told from Lokk’s limited prospective, we should have been able to get a feel for them. Some scenes seemed to have a sense of a cheesy horror film and did not further the story. There is a ceremony near the end of the book about a book that I’m not really sure why it was done or what the profit was.
There were no female characters at all.
The ethical dilemma that Lokk faces in the first half of the book is my favorite plot point of the book. Things are bad, but mostly for others, for me everything seems to be ok. There is food in my stomach, a safe place to sleep, just keep my mouth shut and go with the flow.
I like stories involving gods of the underworld and I don’t mind YA. So was pleasantly surprised to find that even though the Lokk and his friends are teenagers this book fits more into Grim Dark than YA. I am pretty hard on books when I rate them but would give this one a 3.4 out of 5 if I could. This series should be fun to read and I added the it to the ever growing ‘To Read List’.
The world itself is a harsh and dark one where the life of an orphan boy matters very little.
The hungry orphan opening is as stark as Dicken's Oliver Twist. The world is itself is dark, gritty, and heinously evil. When Lokk gets in trouble, the tension is palpable because the punishments are so harsh.
I really liked this book, and each volume in the series is equally as good if not better.
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