- File Size: 888 KB
- Print Length: 90 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Post Modern Pulp Books (December 31, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 31, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HNY0H9U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,429,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Spiders and Flies Kindle Edition
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General theme (minor spoilers)
A warrior named Arvik, has a blood-debt to pay off. His life now depends on an ancient map that he won in a card game that shows the location of the lost Temple of Quai in the Oboutai desert. He convinces 3 other adventures to go on this quest with him in what should be an quick in, get the loot and a quick out... I mean, what could really go wrong?
Some thoughts on "Spiders and Flies"...
1.) a well written and edited.
2.) basically an action driven tale with a little character development on the side.
3.) some great encounters with the barbaric hordes that involved standard weaponry and interesting magic.
4.) a spooky and creepy finale... well done.
5.) cover art... an image typical of a "Sword and Sorcery" tale.
Nothing really fancy here or overly deep, just a short fantasy adventure that was an enjoyable read. I thought the length was about perfect.
As I was reading this tale it crossed my mind that this was very reminiscent of a Dungeon and Dragon type of map/adventure. Funny that the author mentions this very fact in his Author's Notes at the end. This story was a scenario from his younger days as D & D dungeon master.
A short, sweet and fun read.
As it is... 5 Stars.
+ Likable and unique group of heroes that don't necessarily fit the "good guy" mold.
+ Plenty of action mixed with a good amount of character background.
+ Great cover art giving you a clear depiction of each character.
+ Quick, engaging and easy read.
+ Well-written action scenes.
+ Nice blend of unique weaponry.
Cons <Contains SPOILERS>
- A few minor spelling and grammatical errors such as from/form and Marqia/Marquia,
- The companions trusted each other too quickly and too easily.
- No map. For short little D&D fantasy adventures I love to see map layouts of the lands they take place in and the dungeons explored.
- Took 75% of the tale for the companions to reach the temple.
- Rovan's sword "flicked" a bit too much. Enough for me to notice the repetition.
- Use of multi-cultural weapon styles may confuse some readers not familiar with things like jambiyas, kindjals and tulwars.
- Ending felt a tad short and rushed.
"Spiders and Flies" was an extremely enjoyable and entertaining fantasy read with all the right elements. The four main characters are interesting, varied and quickly grow on you. Avrik and Rovan's banter is amusing and does well to help establish their long-time friendship. Action sequences are plentiful and generally well-written, while the characters are fleshed out just enough to give you a good sense of history and background. The struggles of various characters are well described and purveyed, especially those of Avrik. Despite a few minor gripes "Spiders and Flies" was highly entertaining (I almost missed my bus stops a few times) and kept me interested until the end. As I read the tale I found myself wanting to learn more about the history of the world the author created, especially the previous adventures of each duo. I would love to see the author continue the adventures of Avrik, Rovan, Souvri and Marquia or explore their pasts. If you're looking for a straight forward D&D style action fantasy with a decent amount of character development then you may want to give "Spiders and Flies" a read.
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