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A Slow Moving Dark Fantasy

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-2020

Not a lot happens here in book 1, but we see a lot of setup for things to come as we learn about our MC, his past and the world(s). This book was also A LOT darker than I thought it would be from the description, including a very heavy theme of abuse (sexual and otherwise) on top of PTSD without any real levity to pick things up, so it's more of a snowball rolling down a hill in that regard. Not really my jam, but there is an intriguing reality and characters to be found within.

Post Apocalyptic Base Building

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-2020

There's an interesting world building here that was certainly intriguing and where the author spends most of his time, describing the technologies, mechanisms and geography. A lot of the personal relationships and personal growth of the characters is skipped in favour of this more analytical approach and there was enough time between mentions of a few people that I was often lost on who was who, so not a lot of deep investment is formed here. Again though, the plot moves at a good pace, the narration is good and the world is interesting enough that I'd like to see where the story goes next.

The Start of an Intriguing Cultivation Journey

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-2020

With a steady pace this book serves to introduce an interesting universe to the main characters and set the stage for an adventure very akin to the cradle series in tone and delivery with a bit more of an eastern influence. The narrator does a fantastic job also and is well worth the listen

Unexpected and Unusual

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-2020

This story almost immediately goes out of its way to do the unexpected seemingly be design, which while interesting will definitely be off-putting for some. It's a primarily action driven adventure that doesn't dwell too much on the characters as people so much as pawns on the chessboard of the building world events and slowly revealed backdrop.

The Slow Descent into Madness

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-2020

From a heartfelt beginning we delve right into an interesting world featuring an OP main character with some base building to do and some poor saps lives to set to rights. It's not too long after this though, that things take a decidedly dark turn and little reminders throughout constantly bring the dark and unfair world within into sharp relief with a cast of characters that mostly echo that. All in all a great story with fabulous narration, but was certainly not expecting the turns that the story takes from the book description or the few reviews I came across.

A beautiful and character driven adventure

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-2020

There is a fantastic story here as we follow the trials and tribulations of two vastly different characters that become captivated with one another. Seeing similar events from the differing perspectives is insightful and the story had my attention from beginning to end. Highly Recommended.

Intriguing if not beguiling

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-2020

There's a really interesting and well thought out story here that moves along gradually and never lulls for long in things to see and do (and that's exceptional considering the length of this one). With its twists and turns it is also a lot less of what one would think from a vampire tale > there's no werewolf threat or covens to thwart here. There is an analytical nature to the telling though in it's diary style that while different, adds some distance from what the characters are experiencing and makes it a little harder to really feel for their losses and victories.

Rough

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-2020

Be prepared is the best advice approaching this one. Made it through a couple hours, but it is real rough. Like really really rough.. I've seen from the reviews that this series apparently gets better as it goes, so I may return to this one and update this review.. but right now, just could not finish.

Sharing a Backpack with a Dragon

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-2019

After a lot of the hints of what was to come from the first book, this edition ignores almost all of them and instead follows char as she goes on a journey of self discovery. Neill's presence feels like an afterthought at best, at one point literally being left behind in a tree while char and her dragon continue the story.. I couldn't quite shake the distraction. All in all though, a good story fantastically narrated.

Strangely Filling

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-2019

There's an odd pace in this book that was often jarring, as it seems to pendulum between action and downtime, the latter though is sometimes extremely dry and I needed to skip ahead (I'm looking at you what I'm assuming is an accurate account of weapon making). All in all there's an interesting if not drawn out story here that is narrated well but that definitely ends far too soon.. strangely enough. Here's hoping that another edition is on the horizon, as I just noticed that this one is from just about 4 years ago as of this review. Fingers crossed we get to see what happens next soon.