Monday, March 11, 2013

Myriad by Mona Hanna

Title:  Myriad
Author:  Mona Hanna
Series:  Prentor #1
Published: September 12th 2012 by Createspace
 (first published August 10th 2012)
Page Count:  92
Genre:  Fantasy
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

After the tragic loss of his wife and child, Myriad Markwin began tormenting the Royal family of Prentor. For eighteen years, he'd mercilessly killed people in the castle on the Princess' birthday. But this year, he wasn't settling for servants or guards. He was going to kill the Royal family themselves. A group of warlocks and witches was out to stop him, but a young newcomer to them, Kalin, was proving the most trouble...

Kalin has denied his magic for years, but suddenly finds himself in a battle with one of the most powerful warlocks that has ever lived. He has to face up to things about himself he never knew, to try and save the Royal family from murder. With his new friends helping him, and a new love enchanting him, can he stop the coming bloodshed? Will he survive the fight of his life?

My Review:

This story is quite well put together. There is a logical progression from one point to the next. The author also doesn’t try to cram too much into a short page count. The author does flip back and forth between the past and the present, however, keeps them clearly separate via formatting and word use. This kept the story clear while helping it progress without having any long narratives to fill the reader in. The story was also very captivating. It was a unique story line that kept your attention throughout.

The major characters are adequately developed for a short story. You did get to know who they were. Appearances weren’t overly developed, that said, this is a short story and physical descriptions are not nearly as important and developing the characters as people. At the end of the story I did still have a few questions about some of the characters. It was almost as if the author began to tell something about a character and then went back to the story line without completely finishing the thought.

I did enjoy the time that I spent reading this novella. I must also say that I definitely didn’t expect that ending. It was a much unexpected twist. I also appreciate the fact that the author managed to work an overarching message of ‘believe in yourself and you can succeed against the odds’ into this intriguing story.

Buy a copy of this novella online here today!

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