on Dec. 5, 2017 :
A young man struggle and sacrifice to save his family.
Even though this story is set in another planet, it just feels so much like Earth and the characters are like humans. The author built both the characters and world well, along with the cultures and atmosphere.
From the beginning, it's hard for the MC to believe that a better day will come. Started with his father death, the events that followed seemed to get from worse to worst. Until one day he found out about his family line.
A story full of misery and struggle, but worth your time.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on July 26, 2016 :
I was lucky enough to pick this up while it was free, and boy am I glad I did :)
So, let me begin by saying I will agree with other reviewers in that it moves rather slowly at the beginning. I think at least the first third revolves around the first two days in the MC's life. However, I feel like Monica did a good job of breaking up the monotony with several flashbacks that give us a view into the MC's early life, and I really enjoyed this piece. I know the slow pace might turn a few people off, but I urge you to hang in there. You will be rewarded in the end. This is a fantasy series after all, with a Sci-Fi element built in, and she had a lot of world building/character development to do, and I think she did a phenomenal job. Then again, I happen to enjoy these feature in a fantasy/sci-fi book, so I stuck with it. All in all, at around the 40% to midway point we go from spending two days and developing everything, to the rest of the book flying by as we spend the remainder spanning the next 4 to 5 years. I typically read for an hour each night before I go to sleep, which is usually good for about 10% per night. However, last night I couldn't put the last 28% or so down and read far later than I should have (it actually made me oversleep this morning, causing me to be several minutes late for a conference call, oops:)).
Anyway, Jahnes was a fantastic MC who I connected with on many levels. You understand what he is going through and the repercussions for his actions. Since this was a fantasy/sci fi story, I truly enjoyed that he wasn't a wizard with all powerful spells who was truly unstoppable, or likewise an expert swordsman who never faced defeat. Jahnes made several mistakes, and he quite literally was forced to atone/feel the pain of them. I think this made for a more believable character and I really was pulling for him.
I like the mentor role of Bhen. He was very strict, but you could tell he had a place in his heart for Jahnes.
Dahvin, don't even get me started on this twerp. I really enjoyed the way this character was written and I truly despised him and was waiting for him to "get what he had coming"
All in all, yes it has a slow start (in my opinion), but you will be well rewarded for pushing through it. A very good read I would highly recommend, with enough twists to keep you yearning for more. I have a couple more books in my queue, bit it won't be long before I'm turning the pages on Book 2, Truth Rebel, and man oh man I can't wait.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)