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For a first novel this is very good. The overall tale might seem familiar to any fan of heroic fantasy, but it's told here in well paced and punchy fashion that keeps you glued to the page. What I liked here was the author keeping on track and not falling into the trap of digressing simply to expand on the world. I liked the feel of interaction from the gods in the story - it's mostly low key but very classical Greek in their personal involvement and meddling.
The world building is good, but secondary to the characters and their tribulations. It's full of action which is told in a believable fashion. There's also a lot of consideration for the impact the conflict has on the character's lives. In style it's very reminiscent of David Gemmel with an easy to slip into world and plenty of excitement, balanced with some reflection.
The one off-note for me was the principal villain. He is suitably evil, but on occasion he felt a little flat compared to the more rounded heroes (who aren't all squeaky clean). It's a major problem as he does provide an effective opponent.
There are a few rough edges to the book, buy compared to the talent on display they are all minor and for a debut novel this is good stuff. Well worth a read if you enjoy a fantasy tale with mixed heroes and dark evil.
Short, sweet (in a brutal sort of way), and to the point, I enjoyed this book very much and am looking forward to the sequel.
However, Mr Haynes was not afraid to approach the darker side of fantasy; painting lifelike battle images in all their sordid reality. I look forward to the second part of this story.
The synopsis lets you know what to expect, and you will not be disappointed. The author demonstrated his skill in his first book, Bolt from The Blue, and the standard is kept up. The various battle scenes will have you believing you are there and you may well wonder if good will eventually triumph over Evil. Fortunately this the first book in the Maxilla saga so we have at least one more to enjoy.
Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official
The cross being the fulcrum of the story. Good use of both modern and ancient language.
I look forward to his new book