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This is pretty good fantasy story with obvious influences from Brandon Sanderson at the start but eventually evoked enough originality to convey a voice of its own.
I liked the structure of the book. Each chapter is preceded by a journal entry before it goes into the main body of the story. It became quite obvious after a while as to how the journal entries teased out revelations that leads in very well into to the progression of the main narrative. The exposition was well-handled in this sense, as the main story was filled with action from the very first chapter and it can feel awkward when the author info-dumps in the midst of all that. The world-building was also interesting. The magic system was based on three different types of Sustenance (colour-based) providing magical feats of strength/skill, motion and sight. Each of this Sustenance was governed by a clan. There are also mage creatures which seemed to be the creation of a god named Rahim, for which man’s faith had gone awry.
The ending at first felt a bit strange to me and after much contemplation, I realised that there was a bit of genre subversion happening at the end of this book. However, I can't really say much more about it without spoilers, and I believe the author paved the way for a potential sequel even though this book didn't seem to be marketed as a series.
The key aspect of the book which kept it from being great in my opinion was the characterisation. While the POVs were kept to 3 main characters in the central story and another in the journal entries, I felt disconnected from them until quite late in the story. Maybe the narrative had too much going on and not enough personal contemplation, albeit this is a hard balance to achieve lest the pacing suffers. Notwithstanding, it is an interesting fantasy read for fans of the genre who are looking for newer ideas/concepts. And if there is a sequel to The Hunger, I will read it.
The story moves around a big quest with the main characters going in search of the pure Truth and the eternal question of who was their Creator, wishing to improve not only their knowledge but also their society and bring on a New Age. All this happens in a world full of magical people and magical animals. Sceneries are very well described giving you a clear image of where the action takes place while the character go on their adventure.
The main characters in this story are set as an example of courage, strength, endurance, bravery, hope and self-sacrifice. It’s a nice story that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next and you really want it to go on when you reach the end.
Michael D. Young very cleverly has two different parts of the story moving along each other and converging almost at the end making you understand even better the depth of this book.
I received a copy of The Hunger from Future House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.
We begin the story being introduced to, Jamith, a scholar ho is at the Twilight Library to learn the truth about Rahim, the deity of this world. Jamith learns that Rahim divided himself into 6 parts, 3 of light and 3 of dark, in order to keep his power in check. While during his stay at the library, Jamith also reanimates one part of Rahim, and her name is Evelet.
We are introduced to Azil, Jamith's best friend. Jamith sends Azil, and Evelet on an adventure to find a young orphan named, Kaval, who has been mistaken as a Lord. Azil and Evelet kidnap Kaval at a ball, and this is where this adventure begins.
Once the adventure began, it was really hard to put it down. It was a good read.
Full Disclosure: I received this eBook for free or a discounted price for my honest and unbiased opinion. I am under no obligation to give a positive or 5 star rating.
I did enjoy an advance copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review, but I purchased the Kindle version of my own accord because it was that good!
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