Once again, Glenn G. Thater managed to take my breath away with his latest installment in the Harbinger of Doom series. The visuals were breathtaking, the battles were detailed, and I am impressed by his ability to portray the associated monsters and scenarios.
I also want to thank Glenn for being incredibly generous with providing me with a coupon to download this book for free. His kindness is one to remember.
If you're a fan of traditional fantasy, then you'll definitely enjoy this novel. The author incorporates races and mystical animals that we're used to seeing in traditional fantasy (e.g. unicorns, dragons, demons, elves and humans), but throws them all into a refreshing twist involving vampires.
The author also has a lovely way with words. The visuals are absolutely fantastic, in fact, they're one of the best that I've read in a novel this year. I also loved that the author took the time to explain that Marithia is located in the middle of uncharted seas. One of my biggest pet peevs is when an author uses a map and doesn't involve or explain the surrounding areas. Instead of paying attention to the story, I can't help but wonder what exotic creatures, races and cities are in the areas that the author choose to ignore.
The book is also extremely fast paced. Now for some, this could be a positive element, however I would of personally appreciated it if the author slowed a few areas down. Since the chapters were short and the story locked in an endless action scene, I barely got to know the characters and felt rather alienated most of the time. When something significant happened, or when a character died, I found myself not caring.
Another thing that I would like to point out is that the writing itself is quite modern. By incorporating a few words here and there with something that would better suit the time period would significantly enhance the writing. I would also omit the random character illustrations in between the chapters, mostly because it doesn't allow the reader to imagine a character the way they want to. You're being forced to see a character in that way.