Yet another B.V. Larson success. Although the story is short, the action is non-stop and you never know if Earth's destruction is played out in the next chapter. And although this is an relentlessly unforgiving plot, demanding you to read on lest you miss the end of the world, there is time for genuine character development, although typically (and appropriately) masculine.
Whilst I love a dark story that ventures into realms seldom explored by novelists, this isn't narrative that maintained my attention. Broken into mini-narratives that read like fables, the reader is frustrated by the lack of flow and cohesion.
A reader needs to be engaged by a narrative that draws them into the characters psyche and coerces them to read the next chapter anticipating how the protagonist will be thwarted, loved, endangered or become the victor. Tanith took too long between chapters to draw her threads together and failed to develop her characters.
The concept of a Demon Lord who plagues the world with his mischief is not new, but begs to be told and re-told. Oh to hear more about his origins, motives and relationships.
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