- File Size: 3664 KB
- Print Length: 134 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: James Hockley; 2 edition (July 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 28, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JAW0ZB2
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- Lending: Enabled
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Joss Kantal had a hard childhood - growing up a boy with a girl's name can do that to you. Youngest of 5 boys and seemingly a disappointment to all, he spends his time learning and dreaming in the library when not being bullied and abused. Until he discovers the meaning of his name, Kantal - or blacksmith - and creates a Mandahoi sword from Mandari steel. And now he has a purpose and a goal, if any will listen. He needs to win back the land the Mandari stole over 100 years ago, and prove his worth, not only to the world, but to himself.
Because you can't beat a Mandahoi . . . unless you have what it takes to become the Mandestroy.
Only complaint is that the prologue could have been abbreviated with just as much effect, and the use of the Mandahoi phrase became a bit overwhelming in its frequency of use in that chapter.
Otherwise, this story is gripping. It's an underdog story, at its heart, and a gritty tale of wit and guts and fear and hope. The story stops on quite a cliff-hanger, but it doesn't feel cheap. The story is rich and full, and it continues past the last page (thankfully with more pages :).
Fair warning - this is a very adult tale, in that it deals with difficult material, like his dark childhood beatings and assault that may not be suitable for a younger audience. All of it is handled well - not too graphic and even with a touch of humor without making light of the terrible situation.
It's not my usual read (definitely not the fairies and magic kind of fantasy), but if it's your kind of thing, it comes highly recommended.
Too much repetition - in general. That's what bugged me throughout the story. Arses tightening. Anal rape. Enough already. At some point, the reader gets it. Also, too many long passages of reflection, which instead of going deep, were reiterations--ten ways of writing the same emotion is hard to read after awhile. I wish there had been more story telling that allowed emotional space to get to know the characters.
If all that were fixed, I think I could have enjoyed it more. Some parts were humorous, and I rooted for Jossie. I liked the relationship between a prince and a sword-maker's son. However, I didn't buy that the boy could become a martial expert in the manner it was accomplished. It didn't ring true for me.
Kantal is a somewhat tragic character, but you see how the circumstances of his life mold him into the determined and strong person he appears to be. There some somewhat strong violence and some sexual content, but it's not gratuitous. All in all I found this to be a great read.