Hello world! How are you? And how are your reading going? Today I am here with a review for an indie book that I have discovered thanks to the TBRindr and I know that I haven’t talked much about this “event” but it’s great and I am loving it! It’s a great thing and so far I have read great books!
A big thank you to the author. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Series: The Manhunters #1
Author: Jesse Teller
Page count: 321
Publication date: October 5th, 2017
Some of the darkest minds in Perilisc attacked Mending Keep, releasing all its prisoners. Despite his strained relationship with the crown, Rayph Ivoryfist calls old friends to his aid in a subversive attempt to protect King Nardoc and thwart terrorist plots to ruin the Festival of Blossoms. But someone else is targeting Rayph, and even his fellow Manhunters might not be enough to save him.
This was quite a good book, with an interesting story, a really complex world-building and an interesting cast of characters. These are all great things and I appreciated all of them, but, to be honest, the author could have done better with them all, as a whole.
Because the world-building is really a complex one, but we don’t have a lot of information about it. We don’t know which kinds of creatures inhabit it, even if we know that they are not all humans, or not humans as we intend them. For example, Rayph is not your standard human being, but we don’t know what he really is, and that thing really bugged me during the reading. I mean, he is the MC and we don’t know what he really is!
Another thing that didn’t quite sit well with me while I was reading is that all the characters, the good guys and the bad ones, have a lot of past together but we don’t know a thing about it and it’s quite irksome! I know that I am not explaining myself clearly here, but it’s like this book is the first of a spin-off series, and you are reading it without reading the main one. It’s not the worst thing ever, and you can enjoy and understand the story even if you don’t know a thing about the other series, but you know that there are things that you don’t know, stories, relationships between characters and so on and you know that you can learn about them reading the other series. But in this case you don’t have the main series, you just have the spin-off one. I am making sense now?
I know, I have said that I enjoyed this book and I haven’t said a good thing about it, yet. But now that I have said what I didn’t like I could go on with all the good things!
I would have liked more info about the world building and about the people who live there, that’s true, but I enjoyed it anyway, and I liked some characters a lot. Again, I would have liked to know more about them, both about the characters that I liked and about the characters I didn’t like so much, but they all were interesting and some of them have great potentialities. I know that I would try at least the second one, sooner or later, and I really hope to see them around and to learn more about them all!
Anyway, Konnan is my favorite characters between the main ones, and I really enjoyed the chapters by his POV. He’s a complex man (but, to be honest, all the characters are quite well developed and not plain. I think that the author did a good job with them, even if I would have liked more info about them all!) and a really dangerous one, and I may have a penchant for dangerous people, but I really, really liked him!
Rayph, on the other hand, wasn’t my favorite character because, even if he’s complex too, and well developed, and a great wizard with a lot of interesting and marvelous relationship with the most intriguing and strange “people” (he talks with gods, elementals, witches and so on and so on…), he has the hero complex and it’s a trope that I don’t like so much. It’s not that I hate it, and to be completely honest, it’s quite a necessary one in some kind of story, and yes, this is the right story for it, but I don’t like it, and every time I read about a character who tries to be the hero in the shining armour, or that it takes on his shoulder the weight of the world… well, I roll my eyes. And roll the eyes I did, while reading this book.
And he’s not alone in this, because Drelis, a witch and a secondary character, is on the same path. Here is a scene with Rayph, who is risking his life (or was risking to be seriously beaten up ):
They deserved to be punished. Their fear and loss was blinding them, making them hateful and ignorant. But he could not do it. These people were dear to Drelis. She put her life and soul in danger for these people every day. She watched them live out their lives and fight for their survival, and she longed for their love.
Also, for all his being the hero in the shining armour, who tries to do always the right thing even when the people around him despise him, didn’t want his help at all and think the worst of him, he has a ginormous pride, who drives him to make the same errors time and again. And all the times he almost gets killed. So yeah… pretty dumb, huh?
So yeah, Rayph is a good character, because he really is, but he’s not my favorite, not at all… sorry, not sorry. But I liked a lot some of the secondary characters, some of them I liked as a whole, and of some of them, I liked the idea behind, like for Dissonance. I didn’t care much for her, and I hope to see more of her in the next books to help me form a better idea of her, but I liked her character nonetheless because I liked the idea.
And then there is the villain, Julius. He’s a really despicable bad guy and the author did a great job with him and with his bride. He’s cruel, mean and gave me the creep!
To summarize all this, this is a quite epic and dark fantasy, with a lot of actions in it, and it reminds a lot of the most famous Kings of the Wyld by N. Eames. They are not alike, but there are some similarities between the two of them.
So, that’s all for today, people! Did you read this book? Or have you heard about it? Let me know!