Rob J Hayes' debut novel kicks down the door and takes no prisoners. Its exciting, vulgar, funny, and very entertaining.
The story follows t..Show More »hree drastically different people in different parts of the world. As we go, their separate threads begin weaving until we have a single narrative. Not all of our unlikely heroes are good people (quite the opposite, actually), though they are all flushed out and enjoyable characters. The side characters are also very fun (Bones is the best).
Dialogue is also very well done. I could be perfectly content just listening to the heroes make small-talk. Though, anyone that might be uncomfortable around crude language might not enjoy it near as much as I did.
One aspect that I really appreciate is that the book has an ending. Several times this past year I've found myself suckered into reading a series opener only to find that it ends on a chapter break/cliffhanger, leaving me feeling completely unfulfilled and just a little duped. Hayes wraps the story well in this first book, sets the stage for the continuing adventure, but allows a good place for readers that might not want to continue, or might have a while before they can continue, to stop and still feel that satisfaction of closure.
My only complaint with the novel is that the three separate narrative threads took me a little while to get in to, since it took me just that little bit longer to get into each of the three heroes. That didn't last long and once I was hooked I sped through the rest of the novel.
Narrator Gerard Doyle did an excellent job with voices and with his pacing. He added just the right amount of inflection to Hayes' prose to really bring them to life.
Fantastic sequel to the Heresy Within. At first I was a bit leery because Thanquil and Jezzet, the main heroes in the first book, are noticeably absen..Show More »t. Instead, this installment focuses primarily of the least likable hero, the Black Thorn.
After a horrible maiming, Betrim escapes his captors and returns to the Wilds to avenge himself and his friends that he believes dead. Along the way, he hooks back up with some of his old crew from the first book as well as a drunken nobleman named Anders, who is seriously enjoyable. Meanwhile, a frighteningly badass Arbiter has been dispatched to kill the Black Thorn.
However, even with the loss of my two favorite heroes from Book 1, The Color of Vengeance ended up being even better than the first. We meet many new and interesting characters as well as expand on old ones.
The only complaint I have is that Thanquil's moral dilemma seems forced into the story rather clumsily. It was almost like the editor told the author ..Show More »"Everything looks great! We just want one tiny little change, so do this major thing but we need it tomorrow, we're sending it to the printer!"
I don't have an issue with there being a dilemma, nor with what it was or really how it ended. But seriously, the dilemma was initially proposed, resolved, and consequences finished in less time than it took to type up this review. There was not enough time to process what was happening before the story moved on.