Duskfall by Christopher Husberg
Pages: 557 paperback
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Rating: 3 Stars
Review (with minor spoilers):
So, I hope we all know by now that I’m not a huge fantasy reader, especially epic fantasy (this is book one in a quintet!! Geez.) But I did stay interested enough to keep reading. Probably because it was for a book club, and I enjoy being a part of the discussion, but I kept reading.
I have 3 thoughts about the book… maybe more, but we’ll start with 3.
Story one is essentially Jason Bourne. A mysterious person is found in the ocean, most likely dead. He is brought aboard, fixed, and suddenly lethal. Oh, and when he comes to, he has no idea who he is, where he’s from, or why he has immaculate ability to kill people.
Story two is kind of like the movie Limitless. Person is given a magic drug that allows them to access parts of the brain that they cannot with out the drug. Person gets addicted.
Story three is almost event for event the beginnings of a certain religion. To the point that I may have rolled my eyes a few times.
Mix the stories together and you have this book. We follow the three stories separately even as the storylines converge.
I also don’t like that the author married the characters in story one and story two. In chapter one! Then the plot tears them apart and by the end I’m still not sure if they are really together or not. So, no love story, no love interests, nothing in the romance dept. But thats OK. I don’t need romance to enjoy the story. It’s just that the author was the one who married them off in chapter one and then I had to read the whole book just to see what would happen to them. Are they happy they married? Will they stay married? Can they trust and forgive each other? I don’t feel like I have any of those answers yet.
And speaking of answers, I feel like a lot of questions were raised in this book, but not answered very well. I’m under the “Writing Excuses” belief that if you are writing a series, you better have a good ending to book one so that I (as the reader) can trust that you will be able to pull off a decent ending for the series. I didn’t feel like there was enough closure at the end of this book. We have details about the Story One character but not enough to feel satisfied. Story three… where’s that going? What happened at the end and are they really doing the right thing? Story Two, where was her growth? Does she need the drug or not? Is she still addicted? Can she control it? I know its a quintet and there needs to be a lot of questions to draw me into book two, but solve something first. Give me a reason to believe that book two will answer something.
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE:
The description in the book worked well. I felt that the pacing was great. I didn’t get bored with the story and I didn’t dread picking it up to keep reading.
For those of you that love Epic Fantasy, this will be right up your alley. I think it will whet your appetite and you will be ready for book two.