- File Size: 952 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0722FJ3ZB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately, I struggled to get into this story. I read 57% and I don't feel rooted in the story or connected to the characters.
The writing style is filled with long sentence structure and overuse of pronouns. The narratives have a tendency to get off tangent, or spend a lot of time describing thoughts, concepts, motivations, rather than action, events, surroundings. When the characters go off on a tangent, I have a tendency to mentally do the same. Then coming back to the present story was disorienting.
It felt very much like a stream-of-consciousness style of writing, which is perhaps exactly what the author intended. It's an interesting approach to a fantasy setting, and one for dark fiction readers who are looking for a slow-burner.
Some books need it and some books don't but I should note this one starts with a glossary at the start and that helped me get a decent view of who, what, when, and where before the actual book started. I didn't think it really needed it, though, because the story was straightforward enough.
It's a dark and edgy tale of the occupation with the rebels not being "good" by any stretch of the imagination even as the Southern Empire is portrayed squarely with a brush of black. If I had to summarize the book, I'd say it's very much, "The occupation of Iraq via fantasy, except even worse." There's even an extremist religion taking advantage of the suffering to spread itself.
Overall, I recommend the book and think people should check it out.
For the record, I hate it when books have as much of a cliffhanger as this, but it was fun getting there.
Each of the main characters had major flaws and at the start had their own agenda. Whilst they worked better together cracks began to show in the group the longer they spent in each other company. The longer Myrr and Tala spent together the closer they got and with each having an uncontrollable power the used each other as an anchor.
From the start of this story you can feel the oppression and despair. The descriptive way the author writes gives you the feeling that you are there trudging in their footsteps getting soaked through to the bone. Throughout this book, there is no definitive hero, each of the main characters had a different part to play in this adventure. Whilst I found the story to be a slow start it soon picked up pace and with graphic fight scenes made this an exciting read. For me the highlight of the book was the short story at the end and author’s note. A dystopian read with a difference
Having said that, if you’re the kind of person who likes your heroes heroic and your evil empires to still obey Queensberry Rules, this is not the book for you. The morality is unapologetically bleak. Although the story revolves around a brutal occupation and your sympathies might be automatically with the rebels until we got toward the end and got a taste of just how far the occupiers could go, I really hadn’t picked a side. Personally, really enjoyed the Lovecraftian touches to the creatures and the cosmic setting, as well as insight into just what kind of mindset would be part of a cult that worshipped them.