on Nov. 16, 2011 :
Note: this review contains spoilers!!
This is my second read of a Turner book and while this one is better, I am disappointed. In this novella, as well as the first book, I find that the story line is somewhat lacking. Taar seeks to avenge the death of his master and retrieve a stolen artifact. But his quest is interrupted by the sorceress who binds him to her so he can be the sacrifice that will release her from her demonic captivity. But the demon catches them unawares and defeats Taar and takes the Enchantress into the shadow world. So Taar goes on with is quest, finds those who killed his master, kills them and gets back the artifact.
My synopsis is only slightly shorter than the story. While I think there is a good idea and a good story here, there is too much detail left out, the characters are not fully developed and at the conclusion the reader is left to ask why did we even hear the story of the enchantress? What was the point? Why did Taar need the artifact and what is next?
I understand that this is part of a larger collection and perhaps these questions are answered in the larger collection, but as a stand alone work, it leaves too many things unanswered.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Nov. 2, 2011 :
Chris Turner presents us with a short story about a warrior named Taar looking for his master's murderers but finds something else instead.
Turner did an amazing job creating a spectacular world with its own rules. Descriptions were vivid and rather poetic. Characters speak in a formal ancient dialect which adds to the feeling of being in another world. Turner starts off slow, to ease you into his world, and then the pace quickly picks up speed once we meet the Enchantress.
The characters are a bit flat. It's always either you're good or you're evil. However, it's forgivable since it was so short. The Enchantress was an especially interesting character and it was too bad we didn't learn as much about her as I would've liked. One thing that I was a bit miffed about was the abrupt switch from one conflict to another. We spend most of the story dealing with the Enchantress and then we jump into a final battle and then the story is over. The author manages to pull it off without really affecting my reading experience but, if you're a stickler about these things, this book might not be for you!
Pro: fast-paced, interesting plot, intricate and poetic descriptions
Con: somewhat flat characters, abrupt transition scenes
It's definitely worth reading but you'll be done with this story before you know it and will be wanting more! Thus, "Fantastic Realms" might be a better choice since it would include this story and many others like it.
If you want to "test the waters" and see what this author has to offer, then this is a good cheap way to check out Turner's style. If you're the diving-in type, you'll want to get "Fantastic Realms". It's an excellent book from a great author!
Received for free in a giveaway in return for a review
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)