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The Dragon Brood War (episode 1): It Walks Among Men (Volume 1) Paperback – April 14, 2014
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Please Note: the author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
General theme (some spoilers)
The stories main character, Gerhardt, is hired to kill a Father Neumann, a priest at a local cathedral. But things change from the time he takes the contract to the actual attempt of doing the deed... not only does he find the priest in question is likely a demon but also there is a connection that goes back to his childhood, stirring up some vivid memories. This then is Gerhardt's and Father Neumann's tale.
Some thoughts on "The Dragon Brood War"...
1.) a short yet intriguing story.
2.) well written... the author has a good sense for prose, and the pace and timing of events is spot on.
3.) several action filled encounters that featured elements of both fantasy and horror.
4.) although this book is 'episode 1', this short work had an ending that had a stand-alone quality to it.
5.) cover art... representative of a scene from the book. I felt this image and its font was rather busy and a bit confusing.
A well written, short first episode of an upcoming series and featured lots of action. The ending, although definitive for this tale, could easily be extended into additional installments.
The main drawback of this story was the fact that I really didn't identify with or have a sense of empathy for any of the main characters (the closest would have been with Father Neumann). And because of this, despite the quality of writing, I just felt that there was some missing element that kept it from breaking into next level of story-telling.
But still a solid effort... 4 Stars.