For over 100 years the Civic Order and the Alchemic Order have held a shaky truce, peppered by violence and mistrust. But when Koa, a Civilian-born insurgency, bombs an Alchemist summit, the truce is shattered. Now, Koa is rising. War is coming. And all 16-year-old Zeika Anon can do is keep moving as she watches the lords of alchemy slowly overtake her home.
But when clashes between Koa and the Alchemic Order put a final, deadly squeeze on the remaining Civilian territories, Zeika finds herself in the crosshairs of fate. She must walk the line between survival and rebellion against the Alchemists. On one side of the line awaits death. On the other, the betrayal of her civilization, her loyalties, and herself.
Ghosts of Koa is a fast-paced, post-apocalyptic survival tale, set in the streets of a dying city that has been crushed by alchemic law. Layered with the elements of gritty crime drama, dark urban fantasy, hard sci-fi, and horror, Ghosts of Koa is a wild ride to the end of a young girl's sanity as she struggles with an impossible choice: to keep one step ahead of a war...or to be consumed by it.
CONTENT WARNING - Contains coarse language, intense violence, adult / suggestive themes, and aberrant behavior. Listener discretion is advised.
©2013 Colby R Rice (P)2014 Colby R Rice
It's building up slow, but soon enough you start to engage into personages' lives, especially, Zeika, Monjo, Caleb, and, I even found some sympathy and understanding for Ezekiel, the killer. The perspective is good, by taking major personages perspective and narrating from their point of view. They start to feel real and the characters didn't have exaggerate traits (as in some other stories) and their actions feel so human and understandable. Only some small twists at end felt overdone, were not clear and seemed a bit artificial. But it also may very well be a good starting point for a greater and longer story. The author tapped the potential of a great and long series, and although the world seemed confusing and unclear in the beginning, over time I could feel the great potential and draw the grand picture, all pieces falling together and the world started feeling so real, so alive and so dark at the same time. If you like stories that are long-dragging, slowly building up, but with giant worlds, with several story lines and keeping up with many details, while building the whole thing together and if you're fan of apocalyptic world or urban fantasy stories than this story is definitely for you !!!
I liked it a lot and now I'm waiting and wanting for more, for developing of all this and the culmination in the following books.
Side note: no need to buy the two separate books (volumes). This one is fine.
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