A Reluctant Warrior
Giele has spent 20 years fighting wars for the King of Aelfland, but when he makes the mistake of falling in love with the Princess of the Realm, he is stripped of his rank, his citizenship, and his name. His face is marked with the slivered moon, forever identifying him as an outcast. No longer will he find a home among his own people.
He travels halfway across the world to seek a fresh start among the colonists of the continent of Verigo, but the troubles of a marked man seem to follow him wherever he goes. It only takes one mistake, crossing the path of a local gangster, and once more Giele finds himself forced to take on the role of warrior, first to defend those who cannot defend themselves, and then to avenge those he cannot protect.
Pariah's Moon is a harrowing tale of redemption and revenge, bows and bullets, magic and massacre.
Finally, an elf/dwarf/human story that’s not saturated with magical events. Just a warrior with quick thinking, and skills!
Recommend only 17+ readers.
I like the way the events are relatable to reality!
I was given this audiobook for free and and I give my free opinion of the quality thereof.
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The author wanted different and this is....different. I think most of the characters are lacking depth, substance, or something like that. Narration is strange at times, I really don't want to bang on him too much as I haven't heard anything by him before, but it was a difficult listen. It doesn't matter what genre or where you're trying to go with a story, the characters (especially the main character), have to be likable or at least entertaining.
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The start of the book is sooo dramatic and totally in the "get outta here" realm that you know that you just have to suspend disbelief and try to enjoy the story. The silly reason the hero is expelled and events surrounding that incident are too prudish and feel like a plot device. So, I'm looking past that for the rest of the story.
When our hero finds the "purpose of life" on the other side of the world, to stand up for people who can't do so for themselves, that's where the main story of the book starts. And so starts the comradery / bromance between the characters. Speaking of characters, most of them are pretty one-dimensional. Almost everyone have a single character trait and don't deviate from it. I wish the characters had more flairs to them. The progression of the story could be guessed early on and you know where this is going. Still, it wasn't boring, even though predictable.
The narration was a let down. The voice was monotonous throughout the book, with no distinctions between different characters.
I have never found the elves of Tolkien's work easy to approach or understand. I have always regarded them as long-lived, high-falutin humans, generally more uptight about everything than regular humans. This is what I thought when I first read the blurb of Pariah's Moon. I hoped this book would fill out an elven character a little more. It had my attention!
Thank you to the author, who gave me a copy of this audiobook in exchange for a review.
Ian Thomas Healy has gone satisfyingly further to fill out the elven world and culture. The landscapes of Aelfland and Verigo are richly described. I found the writing style evocative of imagery and nuances, for example, the way body language was described in character interactions. Healy wields skillful control of prose and delivery.
The book left me wanting characters with greater depth and interest, with a broader spectrum or more complexity in their motivation. No characters really change in a way that will surprise the reader here. As their adventures take them down the road, the male characters will all end up forging earnest bonds of friendship that can be best described as bromance. I have never found these kind of relationships very believable or interesting.
The performance by Gary Roelofs did little to help with characterisation. His delivery is serene, ponderous and undifferentiating except in the case of the Horks.
Pariah's Moon was an enjoyable read. It took me on a rollicking ride. Stylistically, the writing was of a higher quality than the storytelling. Both were let down by the narration. I would recommend this book for a younger reader, perhaps in the upper end of the young adult category.
Firstly I want to thank the author for the free review copy of this audio book. Most fantasy books are set in either a medieval or dark modern setting. It was refreshing to find a western themed fantasy story. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. While magic is defiantly present in the world, this book is told from the perspective of a non magic user. The one down side is that I really didn't like the narrator. It felt bland and monotone through much of the book.