Songbird at Midnight: A Lochlan Nohr Novel Paperback – February 25, 2020
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- Publisher : Charming Dragon Press (February 25, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 334 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1734650710
- ISBN-13 : 978-1734650716
- Item Weight : 1.09 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.84 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,846,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The novel begins as though it might be a crime novel or a thriller, but before Lochlan (or the reader) knows it, the fantasy aspects gradually accumulate until even the shape of the world is in question. I'm a big fan of how certain characters are presented at face value at first, only to acquire a completely different reality later in the story that both makes sense, but has never been obvious. The world is presented in first person, so the reader only unravels the deeper meanings as the character does, and I'm already wondering if—should I go back and reread the opening half—there might be some little clues that would have given away those deeper meanings had I been looking for them.
I need to be frank about something else. My life has been almost impossibly busy and many indie novels I've begun have been DNF'd because they just aren't good enough or compelling enough to keep reading. This novel bucks that trend. There's action early on, but not so much that you're being asked to care about people you don't know. To me, the build is perfect, and by the time you get to the halfway point, the book has so much momentum that I absolutely had to keep reading. This is probably the first book I've finished reading this quickly.
Another thing I noticed was that the characters were all flat. Very one-dimensional. They just lacked depth. Even the actions and events they were involved in weren't exciting at all. Honestly, I just had to skim through a majority of it. I would have refunded this immediately if I had paid for it, but I got it free.
Even free can't turn this into an enjoyable story. Sorry. I should have paid more attention to the one star review.
Its kind of unthinkable that this book has so many good reviews. I found the Goodreads page and it was way more accurate for this book. I think all the five star reviews are from the author's friends and family and they didn't want to tell him how much his book sucked. Someone should have told them they would be doing him a favor.
Its like the author couldn't really come up with his own storyline, so he rolled up all the conspiracy theories he could think of and plopped them right in the storyline. Didn't work. He did the same with the characters ethnicities, they are all just token characters to play off the extremely arrogant, extremely terrible main character. That didn't work either.
I hate leaving negative reviews and I wish I could even bump this up to two stars...but I just can't. This author is a pass from now on.
Lochlan Nohr isn't your typical urban fantasy detective hero. He's a band leader, and he and his boys and girls are about to score the record deal of their lives. Only things go a little sideways when he finds out a friend of his has gone missing, and the police have no leads. He sets out to find her, and finds himself mired in a situation much bigger than just his friend and her kidnappers. He enters a world of magic, a world that's in the opening act of a great war between good and evil, and he has a part to play in that.
I can't say too much more without spoiling it, so strap in and expect a mighty good ride through the whole story. I will say that my two favorite characters in the whole story are Fan and Sophie. Loch's cool and he's the protagonist so he's on up there, but Fan and Sophie stole the show. Looking forward to the sequel!
(note to the author: hope you are planning to release a series of books. You’ve got a fan.)