on Oct. 23, 2013 :
When I first came across this book on Amazon as I was browsing for new science fiction books, I almost skipped over it. As someone who often makes spot decisions based on the appeal of a book cover, I was not very impressed by the book cover itself. Nevertheless, after seeing the blurb and then reading the blurb, I decided to chance it and bought the book.
I do not regret doing so at all.
The first thought that came to my mind after finishing this book was that this book felt as if it were "The Name of the Wind" in space. The narrative structure is similar in many ways with Michael, the main protagonist of the book, detailing his story (in the first person perspective) to Marith Severian. Mr. Karic's prose flows quite well and I found myself drawn into Michael's story. Michael is a fundamentally likeable protagonist, albeit one with flaws. There are a few grammatical errors here and there, but not enough to detract from the book. I read the book over two sittings and was rather disappointed to find myself at the end of the book with one arc finished, but with plenty of room for sequels. There's a whole universe to explore and I want to find out more about what happened(s?) to Michael as his story unfolds.
(review of free book)