Review: The Last Quarrel by Duncan Lay


Publisher: Momentum

Publishing Date: January 2015

ISBN: 9781760082512 

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1.8/5

Publisher Description: In the country, fishing boats return with their crews mysteriously vanished, while farms are left empty, their owners gone into the night, meals still on the table. In the cities, children disappear from the streets or even out of their own beds. Fallon is a man who has always dreamed of being a hero. When an empty ship sails into their village, he begins to follow the trail towards the truth behind the evil stalking their land.

Review: This was a novella intended as the first in a five part series. <sigh>.  To the point, this was another good writer with a bad idea. The novel gets mired in dialogue with evil always lurking at the edges. Either shjt or get off the pot as they say. If the intent is to make a story an ongoing series then it tends to stunt the story line and the movement is lost in dialogue or overt scene descriptions. Have the intent to finish a complete work and the novel will reveal itself with depth through movement and subsequent character development. Doing serialized work is more like planning to fail.






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