COVER REVEAL FOR HEMLOCK: BOOK TWO OF THE MANHUNTERS

Bookwraiths is happy to welcome back fantasy author Jesse Teller.  This hard working indie author has been cranking out his own delightfully dark, twisted tales set in the epic world of Perilisc.  And while the previous Tales from Perilisc have been standalone novels, his new series, The Manhunter, doesn’t require a reader to have any knowledge of the previous stories to enjoy this one.  But if you’d like to begin at the beginning take a look at the books below and their chronological order in the overall series.

As you can see Hemlock will be last on that chronological list since it is the follow-up to Song, and Bookwraiths is proud to announce its publication date and show off its beautiful cover!

Song: Book Two of The Manhunters
Releases April 15, 2018

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The busiest pirate bay in Perilisc is newly infested with vampires. These monsters will soon overrun the world, but the Manhunters must try to stop them in secret. Agents of the king are hunting the vigilante crew. With one false step, they could all end up at a royal execution. 

Reviews of the Tales of Perilisc:

Jesse Teller is a new voice in Grimdark fantasy, and if you like your books dark and bloody as hell, then he might as well be your new favorite author.”
—Peter Tr, booknest.eu

Jesse Teller is a very strong author who boldly builds the world he has created with strong themes and no apologies.”
—Dianne Bylo, Tome Tender Book Blog

jesse tellerAUTHOR INFO:  Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.

He lives with his supportive wife, Rebekah, and his two inspiring children, Rayph and Tobin.

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FRIDAY FACE OFF FEBRUARY 9, 2018

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Welcome to the Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in the literary universe.  If you want to join us next week, check out next week’s predetermined them, choose a book, compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

‘My what big teeth you have’ – a cover featuring a cloaked figure!

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Cloaked figure?  Wow, there must be hundreds of fantasy novels with exactly this sort of cover.  It will probably take me hours to weed through them all and find one I particularly love.  Be back in a bit.

[Hours Pass]

Well, that was harder than I thought.  Too many options.  Not enough with more than one cover choice.  But I finally found one, and here it is . . .

TIME OF THE TWINS by Margaret Weis & TRACY HICKMAN

 

 

AND THE WINNER IS . . .

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Agree?  Disagree?  Prefer another? Hate them all?  Let us know!

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CHILD OF A MAD GOD

child of a mad godChild of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Coven #1

Publisher: Tor Books (February 6, 2018)

Author Information: Website | Twitter

Length: 496 pages

My Rating: 3 stars

Child of a Mad God is a return to Corona for R.A. Salvatore, but this time out the familiar lands are far away, as a wilder, dark world far beyond the Wilderlands takes center stage. Here savage tribes reside. Brutal raids see innocents killed. Ritual sacrifices are common. Slaves are taken. Women are raped. Demons hide in the shadows. And covens of witches aid their warriors and pass on their secrets to selected girls. To say this book showcases a grittier, bloodier side of the author’s writing style is fair, but at heart, it is still the familiar action packed Salvatore tale all his fans will adore.

Far to the west, past even the Wilderlands, is a barbaric region, where people can get lost in the untamed vastness. The young frontiersman Talmadge is one of these people, eager to avoid the crowded chaos of civilization. His time spent traveling from township to township trading with the semi-civilized tribes for precious goods he turns into gold to finance his survival. The years passing by as he slowly finds his way in the world.

Meanwhile, in the Usgar Tribe, Aoleyn is a young orphan being raised by a witch; her life filled with the harsh realities of tribal life in a patriarchal society, where warriors loot, pillage, rape, and enslave anyone they wish – even their fellow tribesmen. Aoleyn herself not immune from casual brutality. And it is only when she has grown into a young woman and finds within herself the sacred magical power that she feels strong enough to fight against the traditions of her people, determined to live a life far different than what she has grown up in.

Eventually, these separate tales of our two protagonists slowly entangle, causing them to come together to deal with tragedy, terror, and make some very important life decisions. No real conclusion is reached in their encounter and its aftermath, but it certainly sets up important things to come in this saga going forward.

What most readers will likely adore about this story is the character of Aoleyn, who perfectly represents the new fantasy go to character of smart, strong, and perceptive woman determined to right the wrongs of society. To make our heroine’s rise even more awe-inspiring here is the fact she comes from a horribly misogynistic society, one which glorifies brutality, slavery, rape, and general vileness. Her slow recognition of the injustices of her people and their treatment of everyone around them a true hero’s journey of personal enlightenment, as Aoleyn begins the process of escaping from the bonds of her morally bankrupt society.

On the other hand, what most readers will not enjoy about this novel is the slow pacing of the narrative. Understandably, Salvatore devotes a great deal of time carefully molding and shaping the harsh wilderness of Corona while also lovingly fleshing out Talmadge and Aoleyn, but what is not quite so understandably is the fact that this takes up over half the book with little to no payoff being given readers in the conclusion. Yes, the last hundred or so pages is filled with more action and drama than the preceding three hundred fifty, but the ending doesn’t really conclude anything. Rather, it feels more like a long, drawn out set up for book two.

Child of a Mad God is an interesting return to the world of Corona, telling a gritty and brutal tale of a rugged frontier land and its inhabitants. Whether you enjoy world building and lore or strong female leads, this book will have some element to please, especially if you already have a strong affinity for Corona or the author’s writing. Certainly, the slow pacing and general lack of a conclusion might be bothersome, but if you need a fix of R.A. Salvatore fantasy, this book will not disappoint.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: BOOKS I LOVE TO DISCUSS

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Today, the guys in the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group have an interesting topic, one which is straight forward and to the point: “Books You Love to Discuss. Some books we disliked or they were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into.” 

I missed this topic back in January.  It is such an interesting question though that I decided I’d turn back the clock and feature it this week.  And I know exactly the five books I want to list!


a crown for cold silver5. A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

Huge expectations came crashing down on me after reading this fantasy.  What made it even more difficult is that I really enjoyed Alex Marshall’s prose.  But I never get tired of talking to people about why the plot and characters were stunningly annoying and terribly developed.  If you’d like to read more about my thoughts, you can take a look at my review.


the dragonbone chair4. The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

I know many fantasy fans love this book.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t as enamored of it as most of my reading friends back when it was releases and even today.  Probably the main reason is I felt the author went too far with his use of standard fantasy tropes like orphan boy, grand quest, and traveling around exploring the land.  Sure, I’ve enjoyed those type of stories before, but I guess the authors did a better job adding something new and exciting into the familiar mix.


the dark tower3. The Dark Tower by Stephen King

This series brings out strong feelings in readers.  Even more strong feelings are caused by this concluding volume, which is frankly divisive and places readers in either the I love the series or I hate the series.  Personally I call this particular book “the abyss of bad endings.”  There are so many problems I have with this one that I’d rather you read my review than me reliving the horror of it all.


the mirror empire2. The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

This was another book which crumbled under my sky high expectations.  There were a host of reasons I did not love this novel, but it largely can be labeled my problems with the plot and characterization.  Added to this, the rape scenes and general pathetic nature of every male character also bothered me.  I actually go into a lot of detail in my review.


brokedown palace1.  Brokedown Palace by Steven Brust

Some books are written to be morality plays.  This novel by Steven Brust is exactly that, using the fantasy backdrop and all its many characters as an allegory for society.  The point of it all to show how wonderful Marxism is.  Naturally, I didn’t care for this story.  Political allegories just aren’t very interesting to me.  If you’d like to read all my thoughts about the book, see my full review.


Read any of these books?  Want to talk about their positive or negative elements?  Post it and lets discuss it!

 

 

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WAITING ON WEDNESDAY: KING OF ASHES

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme I’ve participated in for years which lets readers share their excitement for books coming out soon, and this week my pick is for a series which I’ve been enjoying for the last few years.  Anyway, the novel I’m eagerly awaiting is . . .

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KING OF ASHESKing of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Firemane Saga #1

Publisher: Harper Voyager (May 8, 2018)

Author Information: Website | Twitter

Length: 512 pages

For centuries, the five greatest kingdoms of North and South Tembria, twin continents on the world of Garn, have coexisted in peace. But the balance of power is destroyed when four of the kingdoms violate an ancient covenant and betray the fifth: Ithrace, the Kingdom of Flames, ruled by Steveren Langene, known as “the Firemane” for his brilliant red hair. As war engulfs the world, Ithrace is destroyed and the Greater Realms of Tembria are thrust into a dangerous struggle for supremacy.

As a Free Lord, Baron Daylon Dumarch owes allegiance to no king. When an abandoned infant is found hidden in Daylon’s pavilion, he realizes that the child must be the missing heir of the slain Steveren. The boy is valuable—and vulnerable. A cunning and patient man, Daylon decides to keep the baby’s existence secret, and sends him to be raised on the Island of Coaltachin, home of the so-called Kingdom of Night, where the powerful and lethal Nocusara, the “Hidden Warriors,” legendary assassins and spies, are trained.

Years later, another orphan of mysterious provenance, a young man named Declan, earns his Masters rank as a weapons smith. Blessed with intelligence and skill, he unlocks the secret to forging King’s Steel, the apex of a weapon maker’s trade known by very few. Yet this precious knowledge is also deadly, and Declan is forced to leave his home to safeguard his life. Landing in Lord Daylon’s provinces, he hopes to start anew.

Soon, the two young men—an unknowing rightful heir to a throne and a brilliantly talented young swordsmith—will discover that their fates, and that of Garn, are entwined. The legendary, long-ago War of Betrayal has never truly ended . . . and they must discover the secret of who truly threatens their world.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where a new top ten list hits the web every week!

This week we have a great topic to explore …

TEN BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN ON MY TBR LIST THE LONGEST

Honestly, I’m a bit embarrassed to even type this post.  I know it will reveal that I am an awful procrastinator who finds creative ways to put things off — even reading books.  Sure, I have reasons I haven’t read this or that novel, but the simple fact is that I have novels on this list which have languished on the shelf for decades.
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briar king10. The Briar King by Greg Keyes

Imagine it is 2002.  An an avid reader is scouring the new release section at Barnes & Nobles for a gripping, epic fantasy, searching for some novel which suggests it might be similar to George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones.  This reader picks up The Briar King, takes it home, and sets it aside after losing interest in it.  Now fast forward sixteen years, and you have me with this novel still on the TBR list.

Purchase The Briar King at Amazon


the one kingdom9. The One Kingdom by Sean Russell

This first book of a high fantasy trilogy was first published back in 2001.  It had a cool cover, a nice blurb, and I had some spare money to spend.  Unfortunately, I have never even opened this one up, tried to read it at all. Not sure why my interest in reading this story evaporated as soon as I took it home, but it has found a nice home on my bookshelf with lots of other pristine friends.

Purchase The One Kingdom at Amazon


ETERNAL CHAMPION8. The Eternal Champion by Michael Moorcock 

As a long time reader of Michael Moorcock, I can’t tell you how excited I was back in the mid 1990s when White Wolf Publishing came out with their Eternal Champion series with omnibus editions collecting all of Moorcock’s famous stories.  Every time one of these was released I immediately purchased them.  The set looks great in my study, but I have never gotten around to reading this volume.

Purchase By Michael Moorcock The Eternal Champion at Amazon


beyond ragnarok7. Beyond Ragnarok by Mickey Zucker Reichert

Having enjoyed Mickey Zucker Reichert’s first Renshai series, I was very excited when this book came out, proclaiming another trilogy involving this land and similar themes.  I must have been excited because in 1995, because I was in graduate school and had almost no money, so I only bought books I definitely intended to read.  For some reason, I never read this one though and still have not.  No idea why.

Purchase Beyond Ragnarok  at Amazon


great game6. Past Imperative: The Great Game   

Back in the 1990s I went through a Dave Duncan period.  I literally tried to find and quickly devour every story the author had ever written.  I enjoyed more than a few of them.  Past Imperative was one I was excited to find and eager to read, yet it has remained on the TBR list for two decades, collecting dust as I’ve passed it over for hundreds of other books.

Purchase Past Imperative at Amazon


eye of the hunter5. The Eye of the Hunter by Dennis L. McKiernan

Back in the 1980s when I lived and breathed The Lord of the Rings, I stumbled on McKiernan’s Iron Tower trilogy and Silver Call Duology.  Yes, I noticed the similarity to Tolkien’s work, which only served to make me love the books more.  I tried to continue on with my reading journey in Mithgar, but after buying this book, I lost my way with the series and have never returned to it.

Purchase The Eye of the Hunter at Amazon


stronghold4. Stronghold by Melanie Rawn

I read Dragon Prince back in the late 1980s, enjoyed it, and have been buying all Melanie Rawn’s fantasy books ever since.  Nothing wrong with that except I have yet to read any of these books that I have so dutifully purchased over the years.  No idea why I keep doing this, but, honestly, my TBR list is littered with three decades of Rawn books.  God that makes me sound quite mad and more than a little old.

Purchase Stronghold  at Amazon


deceiver3. The Deceiver by Louise Cooper

Louise Cooper’s Time Master was a favorite trilogy of my teenage self.  Probably all the angst, romance, back-stabbing, and vengeance spoke to my immature self who was caught up in high school nonsense at the time.  Due to my fondness for its predecessor, I picked up this 1990 sequel trilogy, but I could not get interested in it, put it back on the shelf for another day, and still am waiting to read it decades later.

Purchase The Deceiver  at Amazon


wizard of earthsea2. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

I started reading fantasy avidly in the early 1980s.  Naturally, I picked up the classics of the time: The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and the Earthsea Cycle.  While I fell in love with Tolkien’s world and his characters, I struggled with both Lewis’ creation and this book by Le Guin.  Not sure why, but I’ve held on A Wizard of Earthsea telling myself I’d read it eventually.  Hope springs eternal, I suppose.

Purchase A Wizard of Earthsea at Amazon


breaking of northwall1.  The Breaking of Northwall by Paul O. Williams

One of the first speculative fiction books I ever purchased, I’ve held onto Paul O. Williams book for thirty years or so.  Nope, I’ve never read it.  Even worse, I’ve never even tried to do so.  I really need to read it at some point though, but even if I don’t I think I’m going to hold on to this novel, because it is almost like a part of the family at this point.

Purchase The Breaking of Northwall at Amazon


Well, that is my list.  Read any of these books yourself?  Agree with me about them?  Disagree?  Let us know your thoughts.

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BEST FANTASY COVERS VOL. 11

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It’s that time again! Time to highlight some of my favorite fantasy covers!

This time I’m just highlighting a few covers which caught my attention recently.  No real theme. I just really liked these covers when I saw them. In fact, several of the books are from series I’m familiar with and have no interest in reading, but I still need to give them love for the great eye-candy.

If anyone has read any of these book, let us know, because I’d sure we’d all love to know if they are actually worth giving a try.


dragon sword10. The Dragon Sword

A murdered mage. A legendary sword. A poet in peril!

The mightiest wizard of all time is dead, murdered by ambitious rivals who crave his power. Locked in his tower are the secrets to world domination. But the only man who can retrieve them is the son he never loved.

Purchase The Dragon Sword at Amazon


shadow of a slave9. Shadow of a Slave

In the Known Kingdoms, Twins are killed at birth.

Twins harness energy in an unpredictable and dangerous way.  Twins almost destroyed the world.

Ash and Rae have hide themselves from the Faceless Monks.  An order who’s apparent benevolent mission to keep the world safe, is a mask for nefarious intentions.

Purchase Shadow of a Slave at Amazon


5 warriors8. The Five Warriors

What if…

your best friend started a rebellion in the middle of a war?
your lover awakened a deep evil and helped it grow?
your people were too cowardly to face a battle?
you stole an ancient power source?
you gambled with the fate of the world?

Purchase The Five Warriors at Amazon


stormcaller7. Stormcaller

10,000 years have passed since Asebor was sealed during the first Age of Dawn, but the power binding this malevolent god has finally waned, allowing him to once again beat the drums of war.

The beginnings of the next scourge brushes the town of Breden, where Walter, son of elixir bean farmers, itches for adventure only to discover the harsh brutality of combat.

Purchase Stormcaller the Amazon


war of the black tower6. War of the Black Tower

When the dark rises, only a cursed prince can stand against it.

Baleron is the youngest son of the king of Havensrike, a land eternally at war with the sinister empire of Oslog to the south, ruled by the Dark Lord himself. Baleron, the black sheep of the royal family, longs to redeem himself in his father’s eyes, but when his sister is seized the thralls of the Dark Lord name Baleron as the Chosen One of their Master!

Purchase War of the Black Tower: Part One at Amazon


veil of spears5. A Veil of Spears

Since the Night of Endless Swords, a bloody battle the Kings of Sharakhai narrowly won, the kings have been hounding the rebels known as the Moonless Host. Many have been forced to flee the city, including Çeda, who discovers that the King of Sloth is raising his army to challenge the other kings’ rule.

Purchase A Veil of Spears at Amazon


echoes of understorey4. Echoes of Understorey

Raised by accomplished warriors and skilled healers, and being the sister to a goddess, Imeris always felt pressured to be the best fighter in Understorey. Yet during a mission to capture the body-snatching sorceress Kirrik, Imeris fails disastrously. With death on her conscience and in hiding from her peers, Imeris climbs up to the sun-kissed world of Canopy to learn new ways to defeat Kirrik. What she doesn’t expect is to be recruited in a Hunt for the Ages, against a terrifying divine monster that will take all of her skills to stop.

Purchase Echoes of Understorey: A Titan’s Forest novel at Amazon


forge of jadugar3. Forge of Jadugar

The Jadugar is scheming. Kaaliya knows the look in his eyes. When he proclaims himself Sidge’s sponsor for the pilgrimage, the royal court is in an uproar – a bugman elevated to the ranks of Cloud Born?

In Stronghold, Kaaliya delves into the Jadugar’s carefully held secrets. But when commoner’s tales and legends grace the sky, she embarks on her own journey only to find the past she is running from has finally caught up to her.

Purchase Forge of the Jadugar at Amazon


rex draconis2. Rex Draconis

When the minotaur captain Rath and his fellow survivors manage to escape the piratical wheyr, they and others discover too late that something ancient came with.

Now, with humans and minotaurs on the brink of war, an uneasy alliance of characters must uncover the truth about an ancient war once again stirring, a war between two manipulative races using all others as their pawns…

Purchase Rex Draconis: Under the Dragon Moon at Amazon


the horn king1.  The Horn King

No man can defy the elven magic and might

But Gutty is only partly a man

An assassin with a grudge against elves is forced by his guild to go on a mission for one. As an atonement for a past failure, Gutty reluctantly agrees, and but is soon intrigued, despite himself. The elven lady is on a desperate mission to save her family, and offers Gutty what he has always coveted: The tale of his past!

Purchase The Horn King: Stories of the Nine Worlds at Amazon

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FUNDAY MONDAY, OR THE BOOKS THAT WILL HELP ME SURVIVE THE WEEK AHEAD (FEBRUARY 5, 2018)

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Another week begins.  I quickly slip into my business suit and head back into the office to save a few innocent people. But while I try to fool myself into being excited about the promise of a new year and the continuation of the regular grind, deep down, I’m not, so I’m going to escape dreary reality by reading some great books.
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LUCIFER'S NEBULA

Lucifer’s Nebula by C.T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: Lucifer’s Star #2

Publisher: Crossroad Press (January 5, 2018)

Author Information: Website | Twitter

Length: 279 pages

From the bestselling author of The Rules of Supervillainy: Captain Cassius Mass can only run so far from his problems and the galaxy isn’t big enough to hide from those pursuing him. Cassius soon finds himself blackmailed into a mission that will clear him of all charges as well as protect him from future persecution: bring an end to the civil war currently racking the galaxy. Accompanied by a new set of untrustworthy allies, the crew of the Melampus, and the A.I duplicate of his dead wife—Cassius needs to figure out how to not only deal with his target but also his employers.

Because the entire universe is at stake.

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REVAN

REVANRevan by Drew Karpyshyn

Genre: Science Fiction — Space Opera

Series: Star Wars: The Old Republic #1

Publisher:  LucasBooks (November 15, 2011)

Author Information: Website | Twitter

Length: 289 pages

My Rating: 2 stars

Knights of the Old Republic (herein after referred to as KOTOR) was one of my all-time favorite video games back in the day, the Old Republic era of Star Wars a great landscape for the epic struggle of Revan, Bastilla, and their companions against the forces of the Sith. I can’t count the hours I sat in front of my television grinding away at the missions, unraveling the quests to finish KOTOR. It was great fun, wonderful memories. But that is exactly why I never read Revan when it was released; my fear that a continuation of this Star Wars story could never live up to my sky high expectations. And, unfortunately, my misgivings have been proven correct.

Revan starts out decently well, I suppose. Our title character is on Coruscant, having been publicly forgiven for his evil deeds in the past, celebrated as a hero of the Republic, and ceremoniously taken back into the Jedi Order, but the reality of the situation is that his former Jedi brothers and sisters don’t really trust him, so Revan has slipped into the shadows, infrequently gracing the halls of the Jedi Temple, and living apart from the Order he saved. The only thing holding him back from a contented life are terrible nightmares of a dark, ominous planet and an overwhelming sense of foreboding about a nebulous power beyond the Outer Rim which is seeking to destroy the Republic!

As far as setups go, all that sounds good, right? Drew Karpyshyn peaking a reader’s curiosity, foreshadowing some serious adversaries for our protagonist, and giving KOTOR fans a peak at our old companions from the game. Sure, I could quibble about Canderous Ordo, T3-M4, and Bastilla Shan not getting enough page time and complain about Mission Voo, Zallbar, and HK-47 not being present at all, but overall, I was satisfied with this beginning . . . before things went horribly wrong.

First off, little by little the story becomes a tale about our resident Sith Lord Scourge. Yeah, he has an interesting plot line, but this isn’t his book. See the title? It is Revan, which means the title character should be front and center in this one. If Drew Karpyshyn wanted to write a story about Scourge so be it, but title it Scourge already. But, no, a book titled Revan turns out to spends all the page time it could have used showcasing Revan, Bastilla, and all the rest of their crew developing Scourge as an up-and-coming power player in the Sith Empire. And when doing this, the author ruins any sense of mystery about Revan’s nightmares, where his quest will take him, or what he will ultimately uncover. I mean, Scourge literally answers all the questions in Revan’s story before he ever gets to. What the hell! How is that making the story of Revan compelling, exciting, or thrilling?

Second, there are multitudes of long, detailed expositions by the author. Definitely, not every reader will be as intimately familiar with KOTOR and KOTOR II as me, but the sheer volume of these massive info dumps was mind numbing. They detracted from the story. They put screeching halts to all plot momentum. Most importantly, they kept Karpyshyn from spending time on developing characters, building up suspense, delving into deep emotional aspects of the narrative, and crafting an engrossing story.

And, lastly, the second half of this book and its conclusion were huge letdowns. Nope, I’m not referring to my fanboy expectations not being met for my favorite characters. What I am speaking about is the major shift away from the actual plot the author spent the first half of the book building up. Suddenly, that plot stops, runs headfirst into a proverbial wall. One page exciting stuff is taking place, mysteries are being answered, then the next page says years have zoomed past. Yeah, you read that right. Years rush pass with the flipping of a page. And in between those pages, KOTOR 2 takes place, a galactic war is fought, and people disappear. All the information a reader getting about these epic events is a brief summary before the Exile from KOTOR 2 takes over the main Jedi role and Lord Scourge becomes the true main character of the novel. This new story then rushing forward to a predictable conclusion; everything ending with another huge time jump, leaving a reader with no resolution to anything to do with Revan or his companions.

To wrap up, this is a book I truly wish I had not read; Revan making me fully understand why people sometimes argue that it is better to leave a great story alone and not attempt to add to it. The simple truth is that KOTOR was just a much better conclusion to the tale of Revan, Bastilla, and all their companions than this book. Perhaps others might enjoy this novel as a video game tie-in or for its development of the history of the Old Republic Era of the Star Wars Universe, but for those wanting to recapture the magic of KOTOR, I’d suggest they look elsewhere.

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FRIDAY FACE OFF JANUARY 12, 2018

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Welcome to the Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in the literary universe.  If you want to join us next week, check out next week’s predetermined them, choose a book, compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“A cover that is psychedelic!”

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When you say the word “psychedelic” the first thing which comes to my mind is old school covers. You know, covers that remind you of the 1960s and 1970s when mind-altering substances and far out stories ruled the shelves.  So I immediately decided to pick a book which captured this groovy, psychedelic feel, and that book is . . .

THE SMALL ASSASSIN by RAY BRADBURY

 

 


AND THE WINNER IS . . .

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Agree?  Disagree?  Hate them all?  Let us know!

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