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Decoy (Volume 1)
About the Author
S. B. Sebrick lives in Vancouver, Washington. There he writes fiction, shares an apartment with friends and often visits nearby family members. He has an Associate Degree from Clark College and is considering returning to school, depending on the success of his novels. He often posts stories and updates from his website at http://sbsebrick.wordpress.com
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I'm glad I did. It wasn't a particularly long read (I managed to finish it in a single sitting), but its definitely one of the better fantasy books out there. Keep your eye on this author. He's going places.
That's what I thought. I spent the first couple of chapters sighing, whinging to myself, flailing about, and otherwise making an ass of myself. In my defense, the book had a pretty slow start. The magic system took awhile to fully flesh out, and while there was a great hook in the first few chapters, there was a definite slow down after that, which lasted for a good while.
I was wrong though. Once the groundwork was laid, I was in for a great story. It wasn't just the action, though there was a lot of that. It's an assassin story after all. There's a great relationship going on between Kaltor, our main character, and his parents. His mother is a steady, calm, religious woman, who doesn't know the truth of Kaltor's career path. The guilt this causes Kaltor feels real and present and I'm looking forward to how that plays out in future books. She's such a lovely, accepting lady, but I'm definitely worried about how this revelation is going to affect her.
Then there's Kaltor's father. He's ambitious, and he's not just ambitious about his research, he's ambitious about Kaltor's future. All the pieces are falling into place, regardless of Kaltor's will, to propel him toward a future of importance, and it's all his father's doing. On the one hand, I like that he cares so much about Kaltor's future, on the other, I'm very annoyed at him for ignoring Kaltor's concerns, his lies to Kaltor and his mother, and his condescending assumption that he knows best for everyone.
I think it's this relationship dynamic that makes Kaltor's situation so relatable. I think we've all experienced parents having different expectations for us, and the anxiety of "the secret" whether that secret's a big thing of not.
All in all, despite a few problems (slow start) this is a great book. I really cared about the characters, the villains are unique, assassins are always cool, the magic system is intriguing, and it touches on issues that I think relate to a lot of readers. Definitely a great book
I would recommend this book for somebody that likes action novels that involves characters that have secret identities and that like to face battle in their lives. I am the type of person that loves romance, mystery and life novels. I don't mind action novels if they have a romantic story intertwined in the center. I know I must be a romantic at heart. But when you read so many romantic novels you want your life to be like one. In the end I recommend anybody to read this novel and his sequel to this book... - Tiffany
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