by Tammie Painter
I really liked the author's style. She chose specific
characters to reveal plot points. And I liked how she would not always choose the most obvious character. You're not always with Herc when he's on his tasks. You find out secrets through characters
not directly involved with the conspirators, so the gravity of the revelations are subtle. I liked that the author let you make discoveries.
Each challenge had a unique set of problems to solve. With either task, I could not figure where the author was going to go. I liked the combination of intellect and skill the author explored for each challenge.
The author was able to spin a fresh take on an old tale by tweaking the setting. Instead of the ancient past, this story was set in a distant future after a great cataclysm destroyed much of the modern world. This added a new dimension to the trials as the author can play with camera feeds and electricity. But its not a crutch, its simply a means to streamline communication and help the plot be more succinct in its retelling.
This is a talented author. I look forward to more Osteria Chronicles. The author is good at revealing layers of the plot slowly and at just the right moment. Good characters and story flow.
"Descendants of Avalon"
Released via Inklings Publishing
("The Forgotten" volume 2)
Reviewed and awarded the
2016 Indie Editor's Choice
by the Historical Novel Society.
Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.
Goodreads profile at: https://www.goodreads.com/JElse