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- Print Length: 159 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 5, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DK17PYN
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author’s world building and character development are top notch, and I found Roy’s internal conflict incredibly easy to relate to. I love seeing fantasy used as a way to approach real life conflicts, and the author does a superb job of this. The inner wolf is a terrific metaphor, with its instinct-driven approach to life, boundless strength, and absolute unwillingness to compromise.
This is the story of one man’s struggle to reconcile what’s right by his conscience with what’s right for his loved ones and his future. A prize fighter on the cusp of retirement, he has been given a choice between retaining his reputation as an honest man, and ‘falling’ to a new fighter in exchange for the ability to leave with a healthy retirement bonus and his good standing in the business world intact.
This story is more of an afternoon read than a week-long one, but there’s enough world building, conflict, and action packed into Last Fight of the Old Hound for the reader to feel like they got their money’s worth. A gripping and evocative short read, I highly recommend it!
I thought that the early part of the story suffered from too many restatements of the dilemma and Roy's visceral reaction thereto and, although I realise that this was done to ratchet up the tension, it also served to prevent the story from moving on when I thought it needed to.
That said, when the story does move on it is with great power and intensity and I thoroughly enjoyed the final fight and the somewhat unexpected resolution to Roy's dilemma.
The werewolf premises could as easily been multiple personalities. Basically no action was actually shown in the book till the last ten percent either. Everything was in the main characters head...just normal living and thoughts.
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What I Really Enjoyed:
This is a fully a realised science fantasy setting and the feeling of depth and breadth is there right from the start when Roy wanders into a local bazaar. It is not over described it is carefully and cleverly woven into the story as past of a seamless fabric.
The characters are very convincing and well drawn. Roy is someone it is easy to empathise with and the relationship between himself and Jen is one of the most realistically presented cross-gender friendships I have ever read.
The author very cleverly introduces the way therianthropes are and how they fit into the world as a whole. These are not classic lycanthropes. Instead, it seems more of a symbiosis between the animal spirit and the human. I really liked this fresh take on an old notion.
What I Struggled With:
Two things - one a technical issue the other a bit of a story issue. One: the author had the bad habit of building tension brilliantly then putting in a paragraph of something that completely shattered the moment. Two: the possible responses to Roy being told to throw the fight were presented as a binary option when even I could think of at least three other ways the problem could have been tackled within the context of the story. Considering the amount of time Roy spent thinking about it and discussing it, and how incredibly significant it was to find some solution, I found that very hard to believe that no other ideas were even mooted.
I really enjoyed this book and want to know how the story goes on. It had that feeling of real people caught up in a difficult situation with high stakes, set in a solid and fascinating world. If you enjoy well-written spec fic of any shade, I think this might well appeal. 4.5 stars, rounded up.
Anyway, this is a book about a guy who happens to be a werewolf. But it's not your typical shifter story. This is more a prize fighter facing a difficult choice tale.
I love the unusual setting; a desert city which has a post-apocalyptic vibe. Where different folk live side-by-side. The anfylk are intriguing, and I really hope there's a lot more to come from them in the rest of this series of novellas.
Beautifully written, this weaves in some mystical elements which will draw you in.
One man and his wolf expected to throw their last fight.
What we have here is an exploration of duality, and of the twisting of decency to serve the purpose of expediency.
It’s handled with sensitivity and a certain good humour, making it easy reading.
A solid four stars.
Ӧdlund creates friendships you want to be a part of which is something I enjoy in epic fantasy and didn't expect in shorter fiction.
Roy's story is proof that a vast twisting plot isn't necessary in building tension or deep characters. That said, I can't wait for the sequel.
So when the main character, a werewolf champion fighter is asked to throw the championship match, the story becomes personal. Much weighs on his decision. This event affects not only his own personal integrity, but the fortunes of his fans and close friends.
This moral dilemma is explored in depth, allowing the reader to find new and fascinating details of this world, a world with aspects of our own, but unique twists. The author - with a number of novels in the series - has kept world building light, but offering some tantalising glimpses.
The characters are strong and interesting, and even secondary characters are fully detailed and memorable. While the book ends with a new dilemma, the threads of the plot and people leaves us wanting more of this strange new world.