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Problem is, there are "obstacles" that stand in the way of his goal. Orphan children that need his help, treacherous criminals that seek to waylay and kill him, and a particularly bad-tempered Goddess that would like to ensnare him as a worshiper or kill him if he resists. He has only the strength of his arms to defend himself--and, maybe, a secret ability that is hard to control but, once mastered, makes him near unstoppable in battle.
Grizzled, war-tempered,only occasionally sympathetic, Androkles is a perfect hero, persevering in his quest, yet also bedeviled with high principles and a soft streak that compel him to do the right thing, regardless.
This book is a great read, hard to put down once you pick it up.
To be sure, there were a few blemishes. Some of the speech patterns and idioms used in the dialogue seemed a bit too modern to fit the story (a fault I find in other first-time published fantasy writers as well, so Ryan English is not unique in that). And there are a few passages here and there that seem overly repetitive. But these small quibbles are far outweighed by a story that not only departs in inventive ways from the overly predictable formula typical of the current fantasy genre, but does it in a way that makes you care for the characters, wonder what’s going to happen next, and lose track of the time you may have to spend in some otherwise dreary activity. I highly recommend this book.
This book is full of all things Fantasy that I typically don't enjoy in a book (a bunch of made-up gods, races, languages and epic histories for all of them) but this book was one I could not put down - the book was slowly paced at the beginning, giving the reader time to get to know Androkles and his motivations but became increasingly faster paced (and action packed) towards the end. I literally stayed up until 1 am to finish because I HAD to see how this thing ended. I have been recommending it to everyone I know and just hope that they enjoy it as much as I did and look forward to Androkles further Acts!