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on March 09, 2013 :
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Gaebrel is a smuggler, abandoned by his father and forced to make his own way in the world. After a few misadventures, he finds himself and prisoner and a slave on a desert-planet in the middle of nowhere, and along with the other slaves, hatches a cunning plan to steal something for the First Captain, and earn themselves their freedom. Of course, it all goes horribly wrong, and now there's a price on their heads and they find themselves fighting for their lives.
Overall I enjoyed this book. Gaebrel is a great characters - smart, witty, resourceful - and generally fun to read. The other characters that make up his little band of smugglers are all diverse and interesting, and my favourite parts of the book are the banter that usually goes on between them, especially when their divers view and values clash.
There are some areas of this work that need some improvement. The first was paragraphs of the prologue were too long and too much and information dump - the real action starts when Gaebrel comes on scene, and I think that would have made a much better beginning. There are the occasional typing and grammatical errors, and a few places where a line will become a new paragraph mid-sentence, which really hampers the flow and continuity. Also, there's one spot where I swear the wrong character's name was mentioned, and it turned a dramatic battle moment into a confusion. I also disliked the used of headings such as "HURREN'S TALE" and "one month later"; I felt they really stopped the flow the story, and with a little work this could have been simply added into the prose and made everything a lot more seamless.
However, this was off-set by some fantastically witty phrases from the author that genuinely made me laugh out loud, such as:
"Certain things were to be expected when a city fell to an invading army, among them the obligation of the attackers to break anything that that could be easily picked up and hurled with great force, provided of course it was of little worth. Gaebrel wondered if there wasn't an intact chair left in Isunla by now."
But, overall, a decent book and an enjoyable read. 3/5 stars.
(reviewed long after purchase)