- File Size: 2528 KB
- Print Length: 26 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ABD7UNA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,175 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The End of the Trail uses a type of contemporary poetry/prose mix that refuses to let the reader get comfortable. You are never certain what is a fanciful dream, tall tale, twisted nightmare, or harsh reality. Also, the genius of not giving anyone a name, but only titles, made it possible to imprint any likeness that I wanted onto each and every character. That freedom was both intoxicating and exhilarating. The worst people you know can be the MC, or the King, and likewise your best friends and loved ones. Anything is possible.
The world Rakovich creates is equally thrilling, if incredibly dark. Cannibals, witches, disfigured creatures that were once great men, and beasts in sheep’s clothing (nicely done re-imagining here specifically) fill this skeletal frame of a land. Even the dead are not safe or kept sacred here. However, no matter how desolate, there is something compelling here, some value to be had in the wake of such suffering.
The quest the MC goes on matters little, and that’s fine, as it is just a means to the end of sharing this medieval apocalyptic nightmare. The ending is the green icing on a Troll 2 cake, cheeky and twisted, and providing the one laugh that Rakovich is kind enough to give. It’s all in fun, sick and perverse fun, but fun nonetheless.
Give it a go and see what you think, it’s certainly worth your time!
Nothing, of course, is quite what it seems–sometimes several times over. This is a short book, however, so there isn’t much more I can say without giving too much away. This is very fairy tale-ish in style. If you have a half an hour to fill and like dark fairy tales, I’d give this one a shot.
There were some parts of the story that I found jarring in that the subject changed quickly and I felt like I was missing something...but I wasn't. This happened 3 times, and I went back and reread the sections each time, thinking I had missed something. Eventually I would carry on and be brought back into the story again.
Overall, I think this is worth a read, and I think it's enjoyable. Creepy, but not so much that I felt scared and had to stop reading (I'm a bit of a wimp), and I liked the visual elements that the writing called up in my head.
Another highlight is Rakovich's ability to send frissons of spookiness through the reader with a single sentence; sometimes a mere phrase. He's learned how leaving things at an unspoken implication is the path to success in truly chilling writing.
I'd have to say that if there is a weakness to the book, it is the sudden bouts of timeline math that crop up here and there. At one point I almost put the book down in order to get out a pen and paper to try and map out who died when in relation to someone else getting married at what age. It feels a bit as though, in the process of world-building and editing, the author had a significant amount of backstory planned that he still tried to include in these sections. In my personal opinion, the work might have been strengthened by streamlining or otherwise editing these sections.
The ending is also a mixed-bag depending on your taste. I loved it, but I expect there are plenty of readers who might find it confusing or anticlimactic. In a similar way, the ending can be read as both grim and hopeful, depending on your inclinations.
Overall, I think this is an excellent read that transports you to an engrossing, if bleak, world of cold salt, magic, and lonesomeness.
It was creepy, but not too creepy. It was beautifully written. It made me think. And the ending, while somewhat predictable, was utterly satisfying. You can't go wrong.
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