Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Reign of the Nightmare Prince - Mike Phillips

Synopsis - Rakam’s world is under attack by an ancient adversary that has plagued his people for generations – or at least, that’s the way it seems. All around him, these new Shaitani – supernatural beasts with mythical powers for destruction – murder the innocent and burn any evidence a village even existed. Through his True Sight, a gift for clairvoyance given by the Almighty, Rakam sees the devastation perpetrated throughout his native lands.

The True Sight abandons him, however, after he is bitten by a snake and visited by a Jinn, an evil spirit, on a journey through the desert. But, this loss doesn’t stop Rakam and his great-grandfather Mabetu from leading their people in a fight to save both their way of life and the world they love. The quest ulitimately unites the remaining villages under a common goal, the fight for survival.

The crusade against the invaders leads to battles with not only the mystic and evil terrors native to Rakam’s world, but also to confrontations with powers that are alien. Survival means defeating an enemy with superior weapons and a thirst for blood. Although it seems like a fight he’s destined to lose, Rakam is willing to die to save his world from certain annihilation.

Review - I won this e-book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.  I found this book quite difficult to get into and even when it did begin to come together half way through it still didn't really interest me.  

Firstly, there were a few typographical errors in the first few chapters, one or two spelling mistakes but rather oddly, full stops at the beginning of sentences and paragraphs.  Unfortunately, this was rather annoying and off putting.

Secondly, the story jumped chapter to chapter for the first half of the book.  By the time the reader was beginning to get knowledge of the characters, the next chapter introduced others and their relevance was not explained.  There was not enough time given to build up the main characters at the beginning of the book.  I started to lose interest because I could not work out the connections between the different warriors and their chiefs or who the Shaitani really were or why ordinary earthlings (I presume) were marooned.

Approximately half way into the book the story began to pull together and there was more continuity across the chapters.  It was then that I realised this was another planet and the earthmen must have travelled across space, although this was not really explained.  Why were the Shaitani at war with the natives?  Again, I did not know if this was a war of the worlds or if the marooned were trying to take over their newly discovered planet.  An interesting concept but I think it could have been developed more fully.  2*

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