Top positive review
Fun, engaging, hard to put down
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2019
Do you like...
2: A main character that ISN'T whiny/angsty/weak.
3: Elves and other monsters
4: Sexy bits
If you do then click the damn button.
I started this book with low expectations, its seems that for every good book I find on Unlimited I come across a mountain of rotting meat. Given the authors other series I wasn't expecting much. And I have rarely been happier being wrong. This is a good book, a fun read that hits all the sweet spots, even the things I didn't like are more about me than the book.
I read this book with Unlimited and bought it.
I also started following the author off this book.
1: Descriptions of places are brief to the point of being glossed over. In a part he calls a sector of the city 'run down' without anything to add. You won't really get a feel for anything in the world, not the town they call home, not the city that is close to them, not the horses they use, not even the powers. Even the characters suffer from this kind of writing, they don't get as much fleshing out as I'd like. This is a common complaint in both this genre and Unlimited, due to the market being hot, authors caring more about money than art, the descriptions tend to get thrown away in favor of writing quick.
2: There is a fad to black scene in the beginning with the elves, I hated it so much that I was upset through the entire book.
3: Magic isn't really touched in this book, the skills used are mostly physical.
1: The main character hits that sweet spot between doing the right thing and being the kind of friend you can depend on. We get a man who is willing to do anything for the ones he loves, and isn't so concerned with what the world thinks of that. He was a strong point of the book, which is good because this book is almost singularly focused on him, to the good of both the plot and reader.
2: The interactions were fun, interesting, and a joy to read, this is in reference to non-sex related parts. While I would of enjoyed more time spent on fleshing out the characters, adding depth and interest, I also am aware in books like these that kind of detail can be extremely difficult to do. Maybe additional books will expand on them.
3: The progression of the character was fun to read, it felt organic even as it sped through to where he ends up in the end. You could feel the naturalness of the social climb as his power was recognized and dealt with.
4: Innovative ideas, negotiation, diplomacy, and the understanding of how people act adds an element that is lacking in other books. He doesn't come out guns blazing but tries to negotiate, and the other side does the same. This allowed for a deeper interaction between antagonist and protagonist than is usually seen in these books. I personally loved it. The evolution of that plot was fantastic.
5: There are a number of side characters that are fun to see. The final ruler of the city was interesting, the Baron was hilarious, and I loved the beast kin girls. All of it was saturated with evolving story lines and a fun plot. It's not just the main character that makes this book great but the how the side characters are pulled into the story, his interaction with them, and the overall mix of personalities.
If you are a fan of this genre, and lets be real, if your reading this than you are, then I can recommend this without a shade of doubt. I've read a lot of these books and this one is in the top 5 best. It's a homerun waiting to be appreciated. Now onto my hopes for the future, I'd like to see magic, unarmed combat would have been cool as something different than the same old sword thing. I'd like it to remain with only the MC with the girls, and I wasn't really a fan of the Brynn liking the other girl in more than friends way.