Seregil of Rhiminee
on Dec. 26, 2015 :
Justyna Plichta-Jendzio's Servant of the Gods is a wonderful addition to the author's Naor stories. It will please readers who are familiar with the author's stories, but it also serves as an excellent introduction to the world of Naor. It gives new readers a taste of what's in store for them when they begin to read Naor stories.
I was pleased to read this novella, because it was everything I've come to expect from Justyna Plichta-Jendzio. It features good storytelling, interesting characters and fascinating darkness. I'm honestly amazed at the author's depth of imagination, because she always manages to surprise her readers with new stories that are different from the previous stories.
Justyna Plichta-Jendzio writes fluent fantasy that is wonderfully speckled with dark fantasy elements that bring depth and style to her storytelling. She knows how to spice up the story with dark happenings to make it intriguing.
Servant of the Gods is a well written story with intriguing darkness. It can be best classified as a combination of epic fantasy and dark fantasy, because it contains elements of both genres. Readers of both genres will enjoy it. It will also appeal to readers who have read classic pulp fantasy stories by Robert E. Howard, because there's something in it that is intriguingly reminiscent of Howard's Conan stories.
Just like the previous Naor stories, Servant of the Gods can be read as a standalone story. You don't necessarily need to know anything about the world of Naor in order to understand what's going on in this novella. New readers can easily access the author's fantasy world and enjoy the happenings. If you're already familiar with the previous Naor stories, I can guarantee that you'll enjoy this novella and will find it entertaining, because it reveals something new about the world.
Here's a bit of information about the story:
- The happenings take place in the scorching desert, a few days away from the city of Daughur.
- In the beginning, Volser wakes up in the desert after drinking and wonders where he is. He doesn't remember much of what has happened, but he realises that he's far from Daughur where he stayed recently. There's a woman near him who is called Tenilai and she appears to be his slave. She tells him that they're headed towards the Black Hills to find the Thousand Swords Cave, which is a legendary place...
Volser and Tenilai are well-created characters. They both have their own views of the world and the gods. Volser is a thief and mercenary who doesn't take gods and their laws into consideration in his life. He lives an adventurous life. Tenilai is Volser's slave, but she is not an ordinary woman, because she has her own secrets. She needs Volser to do something for her.
The author wrote well about what happened to Volser in Daughur and how he got into trouble. The descriptions of what Volser did to his foes and how he left the city were excellent. The author also excelled at writing about what Volser and Tenilai did in the desert and what happened to them when they found what they were looking for.
Justyna Plichta-Jendzio writes excellently about brutality and darkness, because they can be found anywhere. Although the world of Naor is beautiful, brutalities may happen to its inhabitants and darkness can find its way anywhere. This novella features harsh realism, because the author writes vividly about what happens to Volser and Tenilai at the end.
The ending is wonderfully dark and will please those who love dark fantasy and expect to find dark happenings in fantasy stories. It was fascinating for me to read about how Volser and Tenilai paid a heavy price for their deeds.
I like the author's worldbuilding, because she has created a vast fantasy world that has its own history and mythology. In this novella, she writes fascinatingly about the mythology associated with the Thousand Swords Cave and gods. Reading about the cave was interesting, because many things were revealed about it.
Because this story takes place in the desert, it will appeal to readers who have read desert fantasy novels and stories. It's similar to a few desert fantasy stories, but it's a bit darker and more mythic than them. I'm aware that this may sound a bit odd and it's possible that readers may disagree with me, but this novella reads almost like an exotic blend of Bradley P. Beaulieu's Twelve Kings in Sharakhai and Robert E. Howard's Conan stories.
Justyna Plichta-Jendzio's Servant of the Gods is an excellent fantasy story. It's well written entertainment to readers who are interested in epic fantasy that has been spiced up with dark fantasy. The story is so good that it will leave readers wanting more.
If you haven't read any stories by Justyna Plichta-Jendzio yet, I urge you to take a look at Servant of the Gods, because it's a satisfyingly epic and dark story with a thrilling atmosphere. If you enjoy reading this novella, please take a look at the other Naor stories, because they're highly enjoyable and well written stories. The previous Naor stories can be found in these books: Dark Children of Naor, Evil Children of Naor, Cursed Children of Naor and Damned Children of Naor.
Excellent fantasy entertainment!
(Originally published at Risingshadow: www.risingshadow.net.)
(review of free book)