A unique book
This was an interesting read. This is a genre I don't usually read but the writing style is complex and in some places, classic. I enjoyed Talmido's story, his personal struggle and his journey. It had a strong 'human' touch which appealed to me.
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Talmido is an engaging character who was very real and drawn with care and emotion. He is three dimensional and we, the reader, feel his tribulations and struggles. This is his story. However, the other characters seemed very sketchy to me. I didn't feel I knew them, or even really understood them, eg. Si-tatious is in so many scenes but we really know very little about him. This is true of most of the other characters.
The fight scenes are intense and detailed, and there are quite a few. They were strong action scenes and gave the reader a view of the blood and violence in war close up.
The omniscient POV parts, those that gave the back story and the world building views were written in a 'text-book' style and contained technical and explanatory information to add to the world we see Talmido inhabiting. This would especially appeal to the Sci-fi enthusiast, I didn't find those parts as engaging.
The writer has a fluid style, descriptive and in places the language and expression is beautiful. This book is unusual (I mean this in a good way) and I am sure it will find fans that engage with the story and go on to read the rest of the series. For me the threads only partially resolved in this book and I was left with many questions. I understand that the rest of the series will continue these threads but I felt that the first book needed something more to tie in the backstory/world building aspects,
Overall it is an interesting and intriguing book, with a thoughtful style which is generally well-written. It would appeal to sci-fi and fantasy readers and those drawn to action stories. It is well done and unique.