Rating: Yay with qualifiers
It’s been awhile since I’ve been graced with a sci-fi book for the Indies pile! I was more than pleased. And this book, with its twists and turns, certainly serves up sci-fi fun times, with a bit of a twist.
We follow two brothers, Eneld and Tristan as they attempt to save each other from their personal burdens—Eneld’s drug addiction, and the shadows haunting Tristan’s past. We soon discover that Tristan’s shadows are from more than just the murders he’s committed.
I loved the book and how this spoke to relationships—not just the brother’s, but a host of other people who are involved in the unfolding story. The goddess Time and her servant Thomas also feature heavily, as well as others. A huge thanks goes to the author for providing characters without a crazy love triangle.
And this involvement, ironically, is what made a huge drawback. There are so many points of view in this book, a few of which only receive one scene in their POV, that it diluted the story’s strengths. It took me longer to really get into the story, and because of that, I wasn’t really invested until a third to halfway through. It got to the point where I almost resented having yet another throwaway POV.
I sat and thought about this for a while, and after a few days, I still feel less POVs would’ve made for a stronger, tighter, more engaging story.
Still, the ending is a whirl of problems spiralling together, and the finale was really enjoyable. I’d love to read on and see what happens after, but I really hope it’s with a few less POVs.
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