- File Size: 3389 KB
- Print Length: 347 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1945987049
- Publisher: Azoth Khem Publishing (September 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LX7QX2Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,502 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Once the humans were defeated, the gen-o-pods constructed new communities and rid themselves of anything that was reminiscent of their human creators. However, like in all societies, not everyone desired a world of peace. Instead, they launched a war of their own, enslaving other brands (species) they deemed inferior. Xhaknar and Yontar (super soldiers), devastated the new world, and decimated numerous brands.
So, what happens when a succubus, a wolfen, a badgebeth, a rangka, and a braarb walk into the haven bar for a meeting over a few flagons of skank? No, seriously, that’s what happens. What comes next is an intriguing tale regarding those fringe dwellers of the wasteland, and an unfathomable plan by “the dead one,” Geldish.
The Brittle Riders is a well-crafted and intricate tale about these unlikely ‘heroes’ on a quest to free Arreti (formally earth) from its new, tyrannical leader. Author McCormick interweaves the backgrounds and the histories of their brands into an engaging, multi-layered plot. It isn’t merely a good vs evil story. Both concepts are interspersed with gradations of each, creating a compelling tale that you won’t want to stop reading.
As an added benefit, there’s a meticulous accounting of all brand names and descriptions, as well as the new measurements of time, days, years, etc. I referred to it a few times, but after I was well into the story, I didn’t need it. However, it’s always a pleasure when an author includes such details for the readers’ benefit.
The Brittle Riders is full of multidimensional characters, great battles, and the complexities of seeking new allies amongst sectarian brands to benefit the whole of Arreti, whilst rectifying wrongs of the past. In some places, the prose appeared a tad stilted, but once the story unfolded, it flowed quite well. There’s also some adult content, but not overly so. It’s used to demonstrate the turpitude and maleficence of integral characters. Definitely a “Zanubi” of a story, well worth 4.5 stars.
“La’Kyee Shhak.” You’ll understand once you’ve read it.
For me, it’s not easy to get in the beginning of this book, especially the chapter 1: those details of brands I think readers can skip them. So, I gave this book 4 stars. Maybe the serials are good for TV shows.
Story: 4.2 stars.
Writing: 4 stars.
Flow: 3.5 stars.
Creativity: 4.5 stars.
Thanks for those ideas of fantastic creatures. I enjoyed them.
The tyrannical wizard Xhaknar rules over Arreti using brute force and fear tactics. He has a tendency to wipe out those races - or brands - that don't agree with him. But a fellow wizard, or Rangka, called Geldish, brings together an unlikely group of brands known as The Brittle Riders and together they begin planning how to defeat Xhaknar.
My biggest gripe is having the highly detailed appendix right at the beginning of the book. When world-building, appendices are important so that those readers who want to know the intricate ins and outs of each race etc can refer to them. I'm afraid I fall into the category of reader who doesn't usually bother with them. I prefer to get a feel for the different and unique characters through the book prose. I do have to commend the author on having built such a hugely detailed world with so many different brands although I admit I did struggle to keep them all apart while reading.
At times the prose felt stilted which made it heavy going to read but the fact that the main characters were interesting and there was just enough uncertainty as to whether the daring plan would work out or not meant that I had to read to the end to find out.