- File Size: 603 KB
- Print Length: 153 pages
- Publication Date: December 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G3TUMY6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Desert Mage (Western Mage Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I know the mixed genre sounds disconnected and I felt that way too at the beginning, but decided to throw away my disbelief and go with the story. It features several major characters that later congeal into a cooperative unit to fight off the bad guys. Set in a desert setting not unlike the boulder-laden territory of Southern Utah, it features ranchers and riders such as the gritty hunter protagonist, Doug Compher, who braves the lawless desert to rescue a friend's kidnapped Orcen child or the mysterious female rider named Harissa or a young damsel in distress trying to escape her abusive power-grabbing husband. They are every bit characters in a western novel complete with grit, horses and cowboy hats. But instead of guns, they are armed with swords, magic staff, and long bows. Along this treacherous desert landscape, readers are introduced to strange beings such as the cockroach-like goblens, the hovering whirligig spy beings, the invisible storm walkers, the evil and malignant shadow folk, the life-force sucking vampyren, and the lizard-like Orcen renegades and knights from various wilderness kingdoms.
The story is told from multiple point-of-views, characters that converge, cooperate or clash as the story unfolds. Like I said, it took me a while to suspend my disbelief especially since these fantasy characters seem to talk with a silly Texas twang, letting out slang lines like: "The blood ain't dry. We best be quiet and git" and "I'll have some rizzi fryin' in a jiff" or "Can't say as he knew 'ary a thing about demons." The dialect sometimes took me out of the fantasy world, but then, it humored me as well.
I always give strong points for narrative clarity and this one has it, the prose reading seamlessly in a linear fashion. There may have been too many characters introduced, each with his own POV and subplot, cluttering up the arc. With a slew of weird creatures throw in, I sometimes had trouble keeping track of them. But once I've written them down and knew who was who, I began to let go and enjoy the story for what it is: a far-out fantasy set in a western-like setting, inhabited by bizarre beings, some of which are so silly-colorful they left me chuckling in my couch (wait a minute, am I supposed to be humored?). But chuckle, I did. The story is about good guys versus bad guys, of characters thrown together and forced to deal with obstacles and danger. In western terms, these folks circled the wagons and fought off evil-doers like the vampyren and their army of marauders. What more can a reader ask? My advice is to let go, ride with it, and enjoy the fantasy trip. I DID.
I was provided a review copy of this book for an objective non-reciprocal review. I enjoyed the read, good enough for a 3.5 to 4-star rating.
The dark world the author creates is one filled with magic, strange creatures and various races of beings that leaves you wanting more. There is definitely an opportunity for several more books on the back of this. It's certainly an excellent beginning.
The story is organized in a manner similar to diary entries, though it is written in the third person. The sequence of events is labeled with when the events happened in the story. That makes it easy to follow. The same can be said for the writer's style of storytelling. The world created for the story is described well so that the reader can understand the rules of the world in this particular story. The structure of the language used is clear and concise, making it easy for the reader to focus on understanding and enjoying the world the author has created and the story of Doge.
If you are a fan of fantasy, magic, and mythical creatures, you will find something to enjoy about Desert Mage.