- File Size: 391 KB
- Print Length: 131 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: C-Side Media (August 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JHTIXMG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hand of the Trickster Kindle Edition
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It took me a while to read this even though it isn't very long mainly because I'm not a fan of male protagonists but Now is an interesting man with a strong set of rules that fits interestingly with his complete lack of qualms about stealing things.
The story is set clearly into three acts so you really can read it in three parts as they are linked but also a bit separate. I'd like to see more of this world and there is some bonus material at the end of the book that gives you more of a view of the world this is all set in. I really enjoy good solid world building which this book has. The temples certainly play a central part in the city as the characters certainly end up in a few.
As a high fantasy there is much to like from this story and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes high fantasy as it has the feel of a David Eddings novel but shorter.
Now You Don't does not reveal his true name. For one, he follows the Trickster god. For another, his goal in life is to remain hidden for he is capable of stealing objects and replacing them with a trick of his hands. He teams up with three very unique, very different characters to fulfill a couple of dangerous missions. Though he questions - can he truly trust all of them?
Such an enjoyable and very different kind of read. Reading the synopsis, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I came out pleasantly surprised. The author does a wonderful job in developing a unique world where magical features can exist and yet incorporating realistic aspects. Such as, bringing a group of people with varying skills to attempt to work together in order to accomplish a goal.
This short book was extremely well-written and had a cast of characters that were developed. In addition, the author slowly gives away Now's background story, which kept me wanting more and nicely leading up to its potential sequel. I recommend this read to those who like subtle fantasy and plots that have an air of mystery attached.
I received an ARC of Hand of the Trickster in exchange for an honest review.
There are a lot of interesting characters in this book-- characters I would like to meet again. Now You Don't ( yes, that's his name) assembles a motley group to help him with his latest heist. He is joined by a former priestess, a woman who's not quite human, and a man who has accepted pain as a way of life in exchange for supernatural strength. He completes one theft but his god, The Trickster, then asks him to return something to a well fortified temple. The plan he uses is nothing short of miraculous.
The story and two accompanying short stories are well told.
The plot is well put together with subtle pieces being put together along the way. It felt like reading a role playing game at points, like when one person in the group would see something, I’d think, “She passed her spot check.” If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I enjoy this sort of thing.
The gods and how they are described give a bit of a Greek feeling to the story. They’re paired and used to influence the world a great deal, although they lost some power somewhere in the past. It gives me a taste of what I’m doing to my own readers, eluding to an old war between the gods, but not going into great detail. I plan on writing about The Gods’ War one day. I wonder if Reeves-McMillan plans to do the same?
This is a rich world, and I look forward to reading more about it and the characters who dwell there!
Bonus: There are two short stories attached to the end, both of which were entertaining to read. I found Reeves-McMillan’s writing style to be easy to read and engaging across all three stories, so I have a feeling I’ll be working my way through the rest of his collection. I just hope I can keep the different worlds separate in my mind!
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This book, as well as the added "bonus stories" is fantastic in more ways than one. Fantasy and "steampunk" are a newer genre for me. This tale of the Trickster is a very well written and "somewhat" believably tongue in cheek. I started to read it, and was quickly transported to this time and place, and very sad to have to leave when it was over. And it left me wanting more