Katanas. Fully-automatic rifles. Fireballs. Demonic cults. Grenades. Enchanted boots. Soldiers. Faeries.
On the surface, the pages have the pretense of a fully-loaded, demon-infested, action-packed, hack-n-slash. But beneath that veneer lies a character who struggles with more tangible problems: mortality, self-doubt, emotional instability, and limited resources.
Cover to cover, the action is heavy and violence is explicit. Probably not a your grandpa's detective novel... unless your grandpa packs a shotgun loaded with silver slugs for those "uninvited" guests. The rapid pace races across the pages on top of a gritty, modern setting , mixing the realism of today's weaponry with a brutal kind of sorcery.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention a certain lack of polish, editorially, but it's hardly important.
The story moves forward frantically, giving the reader few and relatively short respites in which to find mental footing. The pace is intense, and that pace is (impressively) maintained throughout the book. When the precious few pages of rest arrive for the characters, I found myself relieved alongside them. I was as ready as they to take shelter from the muted hell-storm in which these unsung heroes find themselves. During those rests, the dialogue the characters share between themselves was enjoyable and believable (a strength of the author, in my opinion). The introspection that the lead character, Maker, frequently delves into brings some clarity to the complex, often blurred, rules of the setting as well as a focus on the characters' motives.
The rules of magic in Maker's world have a unique Newtonian balance. So, too, is there a strange balance between the violence of the story and its less-obvious themes: healing and recovery.
- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: Jester Bobbity (12 December 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692999523
- ISBN-13: 978-0692999523
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 526 g
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