Friday, August 16, 2013

The Starfall Knight by Ken Lim

Title:  The Starfall Knight
Author: Ken Lim
Published:  June 13/13
Page Count:  291
Genre:  Fantasy
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Surrounded by cut-throats and slavers, Alessa knows there is more to existence than mere survival on the aerocks – landmasses that traverse the sky, powered by a volatile mineral. When the opportunity for a new life presents itself, there is nothing that will stop Alessa from having her way.

Devan seeks the respect of his peers, rangers who protect their homeland Centara – an aerock so large that it can haul along smaller lands.

When Alessa’s aerock makes landfall, they bring more than commodities and supplies for trade. They bring memories of past mistakes.

They bring war.

My Review:

It took me a bit to get into the story. I felt like I was missing something, even though Lim spends a lot of time explaining everything. The very unique and intriguing concept of the story did eventually draw me in and once I was there I was hooked. It is definitely a concept that I’ve never encountered before. Lim uses direct language and very strong descriptions to create a very solid world for his characters to thrive in. Lim also works lots of intrigue and subterfuge into this story to keep his audience guessing. The pace also really picks up at the end, becoming quite exciting.

The characters in this novel were quite interesting with unique and memorable and pronounceable names that you are drawn to. You know what everyone does and where they came from, but who they are and what they look like remains a bit of a mystery for many of the characters. The cast of prominent characters is so large that it is difficult to develop everyone sufficiently. I feel that I barely got to know a handful of them. The author also jumps back and forth between the various characters, and it becomes a little hard to keep straight at times.

Overall this was an ‘out of this world’ fantasy (excuse the pun) that would be enjoyed by those who enjoy outer space and fantasies. It is a story of good conquering evil with a twist, a kick, and a few spins.

Buy your copy online here today!

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