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"If you love mythology then you need to grab this one! It's fast paced and I really didn't know what to expect. I haven't read anything similar to this and that was great." - Ecarrion ★★★★★
The tea cup shattered against the floor. The lightning bolt had pierced through the ceiling with tremendous force, sending a cascade of sizzling stone and charred wood down on us. I looked up into the rain to see four more bolts of lightning. Wait, not lightning. I could see figures in the flashes. Hunters.
They tumbled into the room, weapons drawn. Stephanie killed two of them before they took their first step. I heard a high pitched whine as her golden needles found their marks. The other two fell between us. "Run!" Stephanie shouted. I could barely hear her above the roaring wind.
I dashed out of the room with a hunter right behind me as Stephanie faced off with the other. I raced around a corner and pulled on the stocking cap, then flattened myself against the wall. The hunter sailed past me. I held my breath as he paused and looked back at me, narrowing his eyes. His wings shimmered like liquid mirrors behind him. Then he kept going. I was invisible.
- File Size : 9995 KB
- Publisher : Urban Epics (February 29, 2016)
- Publication Date : February 29, 2016
- ASIN : B01B5COTFI
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 317 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #265,440 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, I'm very glad this was a free book as there was no indication that it was "part 1" if a serial story.
I would have been very disappointed had I paid for this book. Its a real shame. Had the book been complete, it could have been exceptional.
Personally I can't stand this type of thing. It's one thing if its an actual "series" that has a complete story line with some type of resolution for the main character.
But, when the book just stops without any type of resolution it turns me off what would have otherwise been a very enjoyable book.
You know those series of books that actually feel like all three books are one complete book and the author just cut the first one off randomly at a cliffhanger to force you to buy the next books? This is one of those.
I should say that I don't mind when authors leave some threads untied. In Justin Cronin's Passage books, the first two books never resolve the overall issue of the virus that has taken over America. In the Harry Potter books, you don't know what's going to happen with Harry and Voldemort until the final chapters. But for those series, each book still wraps up its own story. In book one of Harry Potter, Harry defeats the immediate danger. In Justin Cronin's first book, the characters defeat the villain they're hunting. For a series to really feel like a series, in my opinion, this is how it should go: each book should wrap up its own conflict while still leaving some overall conflicts or story arcs in place.
That is where this book fails.
Don't get me wrong: the story is compelling and extremely well told. Despite a few typos that make me think some professional editing is still needed (a random "my" in the middle of a sentence; a "too" where it should be "to"), I was hooked. I loved the main character. I felt the tension. I was on board for the plot.
But then I came to the end of the book and...it wasn't the end. We were left absolutely and completely hanging and the next book isn't even available for purchase yet.
This is a self-publishing trick that I loathe and it has turned what would have been - if completed - a five-star story into a three star review.
If you don't mind books that seem to end in the middle and force you to wait for the next two installments (of which the second will no doubt also end in an inscrutable place), go for it. If not, hold off - do not start reading! At least until both the follow up "books" (read: pieces of a single book) are done.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, but a double warning is needed. First, this is an addictive book so you can anticipate that you will be rushing to get its sequel, The Golden Shears, as soon as possible once you've finished this book. (I know I will be doing so, and luckily my understanding is that it's about to be made available on kindle.) Second, this author has a habit of ending books on cliffhangers. I don't actually consider this book a total cliffhanger as much is resolved, but the really is not even a close to a total resolution of all too much - and that "real shocker" I mentioned above is got to have a major impact.
I give it 4 stars mostly do to the quasi cliffhanger. If you find anything even hinting of cliffhangers of any sort to be abhorrent then subtract another star (though I certainly wouldn't go further than that). If you're not bothered by cliffhangers, especially when they're only "quasi" cliffhangers then consider adding that last star.
As a mythology buff, I had a bit of fun with this, but I also have some scrutiny. It was an interesting twist on the Greek pantheon and how it evolves in this world. Some of the connections to the characters were more obvious than others, but some of them didn't fit the character attitudes as well as others did. The book might have also been more interesting due to suspense, if the prologue hadn't given away the nature of Kai's mythological "heritage".
On the other hand, I think elements of this book might be more-confusing-than-it's-worth for people who aren't very familiar with Greek mythology. Can't speak to that on a personal level, though.
On a side note, I get irrationally irritated when my e-books end significantly earlier than 100%. Usually this irritation is mitigated by an excerpt of the next book in the series, but not here. So if you're like me, be warned-- this e-book has a rather abrupt ending at 81% and is followed by an excerpt of Prescient (same author, but different universe).
I got this book (Kindle Edition) for free during a promo.
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Well D.S Murphy I loved it and definitely want more so write fast my lovely because I'm a quick reader and you definitely have a new fan in me.
The leading character has got a back bone but why won't she stand up to her like when stephanie says she will kill her if she does that again to mist hang on was a reading the same book didn't mist attack her first I did like it will buy the 2nd one just that little bit irritated me even I wanted to hit stephanie just to shut up her threats but over all like it..