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A God Among Thieves (The Chimera Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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First, I’ll give you the dessert:
I like to read books by self-published authors with minimal reviews (I feel like I’m paying it forward and earning good karma), however, many authors skip the editing stage entirely. I’m happy to say that is NOT the case here. The book is clearly professionally edited. I look for mistakes and can only recall a single missed quotation mark. Considering the length of the book and fact that nobody’s perfect, this is great.
The use of muskets and cannons, although minimal, was a great change from the normal sword and sorcery genre. The detail in how to operate the weapons was also spot on. The author clearly knew what he was talking about. I just wish actual battles were detailed to show how a fight against gods would go down.
That being said, I found myself far more curious about the Great War that took place in the past. That was the book I thought I was getting and it has me intrigued. If the author needs a new story, take my advice and write the prequel.
Although there aren’t really any full on battles, there are a few small skirmishes involving the main characters. Many authors shy away from the heroes harming kids, but not this author. One character has to deal with the fact of shooting (and killing) a child soldier from the other side. As a soldier myself, I appreciate that these characters don’t have the luxury of the typical pure morality that many protagonists are afforded.
The actions of the characters have consequences. One character who I found very annoying gets in a situation late in the book. The other characters should just continue their mission, but they attempt to help instead. This leads to serious casualties. The blame of these casualties is also (possibly unjustified by some readers) planted on the foolish character who was helped. Normally an author would let everything be hunky dory, but not this time.
Finally, the price of the ebook is beyond generous. A $0.99 book is the type that I expect to have typos and far more clichés. This book could easily be sold for five or ten dollars. The sequel books are cheaper than the price this one is worth. Clearly the author is giving the reader a deal to drum up customers. This is a good thing. Do not be fooled by the low price, the book is professionally prepared.
Now for the veggies.
I like a lot of action in my book. Unfortunately, there are only about three fight scenes. The first one happens early on, but I was 63% through the book until I got to a second one. I thought I was getting Star Wars, but I ended up with Star Trek. A lot of people like Star Trek, so you must ask yourself whether you prefer action or dialogue. If you enjoy character building through dialogue, this is probably your book. If you want action in equal amounts to the character building, then you should pass on this one.
The surprising thing is that for all the talk of danger ahead of them, there were only about three or four times when the danger presented itself. The book takes place over many months. Two of the main characters are elite guards for a city, yet the main characters are able to just walk across the country without much interference. Either their definition of “really dangerous” is different than mine, or they were all lying to each other to get some more hazard pay. Don’t get me wrong, the few instances that were dangerous do qualify as “really dangerous,” but so was the first fight in the desert, which took place well before the main adventure began.
I mentioned how the book spans many months, but often we just get abrupt time jumps of a month. Despite being in the super dangerous “real world” we are able to transport a few weeks later without many details on what just happened. Considering how much exposition we got at the beginning before the main characters began their adventure, it feels like a lot of this could have been spread out along the trip. This would have made the time jumps stand out less.
Also, many characters reference things before the book begins. They do this so much that I had to go back and confirm I bought book one and not book two.
Finally, here is some technical information.
The book is written in the 3rd person omniscient. I personally don’t have an issue with knowing what every character in the room is thinking, but some readers do. If you want a single POV character, or you want the POV to shift with the chapters, then this will be an issue for you.
There is swearing in this book. I appreciate that. I can’t take my salty veteran or my escaped slave seriously if all they ever say is “Boy, am I cross right now!” However, if offensive language puts you off, then you should know that everything including the F word is used throughout.
The book is part of a trilogy. The ending of the first clearly leads into the next. The resolution is nothing more than finishing step one of the plan. If you hate an unfinished story, either buy all three books (the price is right) or skip entirely.
I know this review is long, but I hope that the author can take my opinions and use them for his next book. When it’s all said and done, the book is well written and a good story for some people. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good story for me because it wasn’t the story I originally thought it was.
Every childhood story charged at him. She now knew who he was. She was picking apart his soul and judging him on behalf of the afterlife. And there was no question; he would die within a day.</i>
<b>For the first time in history, an empire of muskets and cannons is gaining ground in the war against living, breathing gods. Entire armies have been massacred in a conflict which, at times, seems to be absurdly worth it.</b>
I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to be a beta reader for this novel. Jackson Lear brought me back to what I love about fantasy novels. I love his world.
The rest of the book was a mess. Every conversation seemed like several sentences were missing and made little to no sense.
The action scenes jumped around faster than a transformers movie and made about the same amount of sense.
There are no transitions. Characters may be having a disjointed discussion one sentence and the next sentence is the next day 5 miles away.
Notice a trend here? This entire book is chaotic in every aspect. It isn't just action sequences and dialog but even slower areas are chaotic. I would have to be a mind reader in order to understand much of anything that happens in this book.