Publishing Date: July 2013
Publisher Description: Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind’s magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power’s hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next.
Review: I liked this novel, even though I was resistant to the notion through most of it. At points the author scene-jumps, so your left with wondering if they are reliving a past or embracing the moment. The novel should have a glossary at the beginning that describes each of the Actives and their abilities and not the end. Heavies, Brutes, Fades, Beasties etc. should all be described prior to reading the novel. The glossary is well done but some of the avatars look like a 2 year old drew on an ink blot.
The feeling you get (I know I am antiquating myself here) from reading Warbound is of the Doc Savage novellas written by Lester Dent. His Novellas spanned the era from 1933-1979. Doc Savage is a super intelligent bronze skinned dude that has an assembled team of specifically gifted personalities (Monk, Ham, Renny, Long-Tom, Patricia Savage, Littlejohn etc.). I would not be surprised if the author was a big fan of Doc Savage. The similarities are many.
This novel has great action and even better character development. Yet, for some reason, it just didn’t capture and rivet you to the pages. Although I consider this a solid piece of work, it just didn’t give me a review-boner. The story-line fell flat in places due to action letdowns where the spaces between the action sequences are filled with internal/external dialogue that is rather flat and lengthy. The cover art is interesting, but not very well crafted. Should have had some type of steampunk theme to reflect current norms while harkening back to an era the novel was written in. This novel could have used a dose of sex/passion as well. Stir up the pot as well as the loins.
I liked Toru, as he seemed the most conflicted character. Sullivan/Doc Savage just didn’t hit the right chord with me as the leader of Active Magic users heading into the Imperium to stop the Pathfinder. More swagger/arrogance was needed. Dr. Wells (sp?) was serial killer creepy.
I gave this a solid rating of 4.0. Great entertainment value coupled with good length makes for a solid purchase with many hours of enjoyable reading. Keep you up until 3am turning pages feverishly??? Negative.