Publishing Date: January 2018
Publishers Description: Ruled by unpredictable gods and unstable nations, Tandara is a land of shapeshifters and weather-workers, queens and legends. Ravenous monsters and greedy bounty hunters patrol unforgiving mountains. Riverboats pulled by sea-cattle trade down broad waterways. And creatures of nightmare stalk Raine herself, vicious in the pursuit of her blood.
Review: Wow what a crap cover. Editor out snorting coke that day?
Raine, once transported to an alternate universe finds herself in the company of 2 wizards, a warrior and a giant named Tiny. The movement is constant and within each passage the characters continue to develop along with the movement. Coupled to this movement is a world revealed to be at once complex as it is interesting. The magic is not over-the-top and the characters have to work at it to be successful
“So why you no give 5 stars!!?”. The bad guys were a bit patterned without seemingly a lot of effort put in to make them unique. Casual cruelty in the guise of a black wizard does not a scary character make. The story just crosses over the “Fairy Tail” line, imbuing it with a corny kind of character and scene delivery. And then we have fooking Raine, whom goes from a great character diminished by illness to super speshul wizardy gurl. She’s hotter than a popcorn fart while getting lost in Raven’s (lol) tawny eyes. Fug. Ruined within a few chapters by romance. The final nail in this coffin was the stoopid hatchling snake that talks in Raine’s head like a baby Smeagol.
The vote is still out on this one. I liked the world building as it is very expansive when coupled to good movement. The characters were a kind of let down as they dissolved what could have been a wonderful story line.