- File Size: 742 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
- Publisher: Zoltán Pósfai; 1 edition (March 31, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TPSYSHE
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I won’t spoil the details of the plot or the workings of the world, because seeing it unfold and finding out those finer details are what makes Witchhunter: Red Shadow somewhat of a compelling read. I say somewhat because it has some core flaws.
The dialogue being the primary one. The main character of Conley is sort of awkward and has his own issues, so his weird-ness with speaking is excusable, but every other character talks in a jilted manner that is not natural. The formatting of the dialogue also contributes to this. The hyphens at the beginning and the indentation style are unorthodox and make the dialogue not flow with the descriptions. The prose asides from that is more methodical, fitting the perspective of the main character, and reads well.
The other problem I had with the Witchhunter was the pacing of the exposition. I wanted to keep reading, no doubt, but there were lots of things that were not made clear or explained at first. They eventually were and looking back I can see the lead up to it. The exposition was very end-heavy. It was thrust onto the end where things were ramping up. Just when things were getting really cool it slowed down to explain it all. I feel like if there was a way for the exposition/clues to be thrown in the beginning more it would have come across smoother.
The Witchhunter: Red Shadow is an uneven work at its core. It has its good and bad qualities. The ratio of it is in its favor, however. I enjoyed reading it and was engaged in discovering where it would go, so I recommend it for those that can tolerate some dialogue and pacing problems.
The first chapters set up the story perfectly as we come to know the man simply known as "the hunter" and his method of hunting witches, as well as a few glimpses of his past exploits. Until, one day, as he is hunting down a witch, he stumbles upon a mystery that will take him on a quest to discover the truth.
Being a fan of the genre, the book took me back to the time of classic witch hunting novels as I was disappointed at how many misfires we've seen lately both in novels and film, such as Season of the Witch and The Last Witch Hunter.
So, I was really glad to read a story that looks a little deeper into the characters and the background, with references that show us a bigger and more detailed world that I am sure the author will show is in even more depth in the following books of the series.
I think if the first half of this book had been shortened and we had gotten transported to the other world sooner it would have been better. In the beginning I found myself connected to meaningless characters more than the main one. Somewhere in the last third of the book I found myself really invested in learning more about Conley because he seemed to be learning and changing. The ending got muddy again and I'm not really sure what happened. I think this book has potential that was just never fully realized.
cuts the line between fantasy and urban paranormal.
It also hits the themes of classic witch hunting, which is refreshing.
Set me looking for other works in this underlooked genre.
books I decided to read. It really isn't. Most fantasy I met was either
eleves and orcs or some romance with magical settings. This book is
about a personal struggle. A deep rooted fanatism that comes from an
unknown source drives a man whose only way to handle this is by
concentrating on his single goal. We known that fanatic goals cannot
change from one day to another. Even the obvious may seem to be a trick
of the foe.
I don't want to add spoilers. The story is not over in this book. I
would say this book included act one to three. Looking forward to see
the next ones.