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My biggest problem with this book was the inability to follow story. I understand a writing style that has very little back story or inner dialogue and tries to make the reader figure out what the story is about, but I think more manipulation by the author is needed, to steer this story. We need back story to figure out what happened up to the times presented in the first chapter, how the characters got there, and what drives them. Why is Jibade there? Why did he get hired? What does he want? Why does he serve the King and later, subsequent masters? Why are people after Jibade as the story progresses? Without the command necessary by the author to show the narrative, I was lost.
Also, I was confused about the setting. At first, I thought it was set as a fantasy in ancient times, but in the latter half of the story it seems to be in modern times, with references to elevators, conference rooms, and skyscrapers. Some more world-building would help, and an explanation why elements of ancient history seemed to co-mingle with modern times. Was there a rupture in the fabric of time?
The imagination is probably there, now just channel it with more control of the story.
You see, Jibade is full of gifts, like seeing auras and knowing when someone will die. Plus he can shape-shift, along with a few other things. So he finds out about this plan to kill the royals and he tries to stop it, but instead he gets kidnapped. He does manage to escape, only to find that he is being hunted. So now he needs to avoid those men and figure out what is going on before they are all killed.
This was a cool new read for me. Loved the idea and the way everything was built up. The plot was good and flowed nicely. There were a few twists that I didn't expect, but only made me like the book more. Oh, and this is modern times, so it's not ancient Egypt. But then you had the cliffhanger...and here I was sitting around without another book in my hands. I hope there is more, but I enjoyed it and would read more by the author!
Overall this is a well written book that will keep the reader entertained for hours. The end of the book is a hook to the sequel that should follow, hopefully soon!
Did this book have an actual plot? I’m not really sure, and yet strangely, I didn’t mind so much. It would normally bother the hell out of me, but it didn’t in this book.
That being said, it did feel like it needed a bit more beta reading or content editing; someone to catch the repetition (use the term “unusual narcolepsy” again in the same chapter and I’m gonna…) and help smooth timeline transitions. I found myself getting lost in the timeline at several points, which did pull me out of my reading experience.
However, despite this, I liked the book. The world was fascinating, especially as I was obsessed with Egyptian mythology in middle school, although in a story this long, I would have liked to see more put into the actual world-building that we did see and more of the situation explained for the reader. I liked our narrator, too. I really got into him as I read along.
So, it had its share of things I would have liked to see differently, but on the whole, it was an enjoyable book and I think I’ll be looking on to the next one. 4 Fireballs.