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Caligation Paperback – July 15, 2017
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A budding author, Brhi has been writing ever since she could put pen to paper and daydreaming in every spare second.
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There are some great characters supporting our main guy, Ripley, and some rather strange individuals. Zero was a good, but strange allie to have. I love the whole 'part animal, part human' side. People with tails and jagged teeth, walking along looking at you as if you're the strange one.
The story was well thought out, and dialogue was easy flowing. I can't wait to read more of this author's work. A good first novel, if I do say so myself. And I recommend it to those of you who like, what I would call an 'Urban Fantasy'. Although, some may disagree.
4.5 stars given.
Caligation opens with a car crash. The main character awakens from that and is immediately thrust into a nightmarish world where he is under attack. His vulnerability is endearing as he seeks safety and the truth about his environment, only to go from one bewildering scenario to another while discovering unfamiliar creatures such as Sanguinars, Feranthropes, Aspectors and effigias among the relatively few humans. The author has woven them together in a tale of rivalry, lust for power and vicious in-fighting with many twists and turns along the way. The ending was a surprise twist that made sense even though it came as a shock.
I don’t want to say too much about the story because it would spoil the surprises for other readers. I was gripped by Caligation from the beginning. The characters are drawn beautifully, the plot holds together from start to finish and the writing is excellent. The reader is drawn into the tale effortlessly and at the end I felt thankful this fantasy world was taken only from the author’s powerful imagination, because at times it felt frighteningly real.
I liked the main character, Ripley Mason, in particular. He is by far the most sympathetic of them. We see the story unfold through his eyes and the only downturn in pace occurred when the viewpoint first switched to another person, Ajax, whom I liked less. However, within a couple of pages we were back with Ripley and the pace picked up again. After that first switch of viewpoint, when it happened again the pace didn’t falter and as the other characters grew stronger in depiction, the story broadened and became more intriguing.
I was blown away by this book and I think many, many other readers will be, as well. Highly recommended as an excellent fantasy book.
There’s a fair amount of mystery going on that unravels as Ripley’s life unravels, and the characters are memorable (partly due to the interesting descriptions and names that help them really stick, like Zero Demon) and an added dimension of culture with some of the dialects and accents (made me think of the gypsy boxers in Snatch) as Ripley meets Aspectors, Sanguinars, and Feranthropes. This is definitely an Urban Fantasy, but one that is wholly original and with a mobster twist.
I did have mixed feelings about the ending—but don’t want to drop any spoilers. Everything is buttoned up neatly… I just didn’t get the ending that I wanted—which is great, actually! Too many stories are predictable and begin with such obvious outcomes that they are almost not worth readying, so Stokes’ ability to keep you surprised is a strength of her writing.
If you are looking for an original Urban Fantasy with a hint of darkness and paranormal (but without all the glittery vampires and tired, rehashed genre elements,) then this could be your next great read!
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review at Inside the Inkwell Blog.