This tale follows a Tribal known as Maledream, a troubled and quiet young man fed up with his existence on the outskirts of a city that had long ago fallen into ruin. One morning, after a row with his foster father, he decides to leave the safety of the Tribal camp and ventures deeper into the ruins of the city. Stopping in his tread, Maledream is alerted to the screams of a woman nearby. Watching scared beggars run in the opposite direction, and unable to turn a blind eye like he normally does, Maledream takes it upon himself to investigate the distress. What he finds goes against all perceived nature. It is from this moment that he finds himself spurred on a journey, soon filled with danger from supernatural forces only heard of in legends from his people. Can Maledream hope to survive?
Well I'm not sure we're to begin. The book has some very good points, but as you might expect for a first time novelist some that are so so, thankfully nothing that won't improve as the author progresses, & especially as he has already overcome difficulties in writing as you would be able to see from his website. These difficulties do affect the writing style slightly, in was a little hard to initially get into the story because of this, but some patience helped & I believe the author is constantly working on updates. A good proof reader would solve this in the long term, though by the end of the novel things were a lot better.
Post apocalypse stories have been done before, well most things have these days, but this one brings some new ideas into the mix based on resonance, and has technology, spirituality, magic in the form of resonance, as well as mythological stories blended together ( too much ). I did find it quite refreshing in that resonance which for us has an obviously scientific basis, but also here a spiritual side and he makes that work well, the potential in expanding this is great.
The characters in the story were fairly well described, though I did not fully take to any of them. At times for me they were quite staid; interaction came across as though they were reading a script, actions were also at times the same. As well as this I couldn't take to the fact that they met up with people so readily no matter the situation, always at the right time and they just seemed to gel straight away, so trusting. I did enjoy though the part played & will be played by the Anunaki, an inspired choice, it was unexpected, but one that opens up endless possibilities for future books.
As a storyline and concept it is good, it has a lot of mileage though the downside for me was the fact that the story had too many strands, too many conspiracy theories coming together to answer one main question or quest. It came across for me a little muddled; it tried to cram as many ideas into one book as possible, where less would have been better for me. I might find that this is realized in the rest of the series, which I will be reading to see if the storyline becomes for me a bit more coherent, less cluttered and more natural, plus I have to know what becomes of Elric (not a main character). Elric is a character that was introduced late on, and he took me back to some of my early reading, mainly 'Michael Moorcocks creation Elric of Melnibone'. Tenuous connection I know, but the name just jumped out, and even though he doesn't have the characteristics of that 'Elric', there are other items in the story that remind me.
With that in mind & saying that this story has faults, I feel that they will be overcome, so I will award it 4 stars in hope, the concept alone deserves that. A definite worthwhile read.
Reviewed by Cardmon
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