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Shadow of the Wicked: A Three Kingdoms Novella (The Three Kingdoms) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B094F1M912
- Publisher : Independently Published (1 July 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3013 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 116 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B0948RPSZY
- Best Sellers Rank: 372,083 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed the way this novella was written and played out. I am always a bit hesitant about fantasy novellas as usually I feel like character development can take a sideline, however this book prioritised character development, and I loved it. Whilst the plot is gripping and keeps you engaged, I really appreciated that more of the focus was placed on developing Talmage and Jaromir’s personalities and I felt this was done in a believable way, which suited their backstories.
The descriptions of torture endured by Jaromir were graphic and brutal, and it is rare that I get squeamish in scenes like these but this book managed to make me tense up which was great. The only very picky criticism I have in these descriptions was when a characters eye is scratched and it is said that “blood and pus” come from the wound. Pus is a sign of infection and I don’t think an immediate wound would have pus come out (unless the eye was already infected).
I thought it was very clever how we were introduced to this new world, and given a brief introduction to the politics. World building in a fantasy novella can be difficult, but there was enough to keep me intrigued throughout.
The one area where I would have liked a little more explanation was with the magic system. We are shown that magick can be used at a physical cost to the user (which I love) but at the same time it wasn’t clear what this cost was for all the people who used it, nor was it explained whether anyone can use magick with the right training.
In saying this, I’m really excited to read more books by Douglas W. T. Smith particularly set within The Three Kingdoms which feels like it has tremendous potential to become a setting for an amazing Dark/Grimdark fantasy series.
Thank you to Douglas W. T. Smith for providing me with an eARC copy of Shadow of the Wicked in exchange for an honest review.
Jaromir and Talmage, two EPIC characters. I felt like I myself had to choose between magick and the secret order. At the end of the book I still could not say which character I liked more.
Gripping and suspenseful. Fantastic work Douglas.
Thank you Douglas W. T. Smith.