Showdown (Wyrd West Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Dianne Morrison's Showdown is new territory for me. This could become a thing considering the successes of Westworld, Hell on Wheels and Deadwood. Myself, I'll need more world-building backstory to wrap my mind around an elf that can break onetwothreefourfivesix pigeonsjustlikethat a la Cumming's Buffalo Bill. But I'm not opposed to such a world.
I'll be reading the next book in this series.
I found myself wanting to know much more about the world the author has created. Though this is a quick read (being a novella), it is packed full of good characterization, a steady plot, and worldbuilding you can really sink your teeth into. I've already pre-ordered the next book in the series!
A setting rich in thought, with lots of world-building behind it. The Wild West with Elves and Dwarves and Trolls and many more such things, including magic. This is NOT More Brand New Same Old Thing. Some serious thought has gone into building the world that is the background for the story. I could sit here and pick some things about it to pieces, but I could do that with a lot of good stories. The story works, at least on the surface level. It held my interest for as long as it needed to.
The Needs Improvement
Hops around in time with excessive information-dumps. It's a novellette, and a shortish one, not a novel. I didn't do a word-count, but I would be surprised if it was over ten thousand words. The hopping around in time conducting information dumping was distracting. This would be a better story told in a less non-linear fashion. The climax begs a big question of where the protagonist's father/trainer is.
With that said, each individual segment flows well from start to finish. It comes together to build a coherent picture of the protagonist that makes the climax make sense. I would like to read more.
I would give it about a seven on a ten scale. By Amazon's definitions, a four star product.
...That's why I was surprised that I liked it so much. I loved the dialogue structure, the characters were so dynamic despite the story being so short, and the theme of necromancy is one that has always appealed to me! I love the way this evolved in such a short time!