Author: Frank Cavallo
Publisher: Dark Serpent
Type of book: Fantasy, other worlds, dinosaurs, magic, neanderthals, legends, myths, magical stones, mysteries, fighting, loyalty,
Year it was published: 2016
On a research mission in one of the most remote regions of the world, former Navy SEAL Eric Slade and Dr. Anna Fayne are caught in a mysterious storm. Catapulted through a rift in space-time, they are marooned on a lost world.
Struggling to survive and desperate to find a way home, they must confront the dangers of this savage land—a dark wizard and his army of undead—a warrior queen and her horde of fierce Neanderthals that stands against him—and a legendary treasure with the power to open the gateway between worlds, or to destroy them all: the Eye of the Storm.
Main characters include Slade, who is a former Navy and is best described as a warrior who becomes dedicated to the newly appointed queen. Prior to transferring to the world, he was a showman who cared more for money than anything else. Anna Fayne is a scientist who is curious, knowledgeable and is willing to make sacrifices to continue living. Kerr is Threya's leperous servant who harbors secret feelings for her. He connects with Slade and Anna immediately. Tarquin is a sorcerer who is determined to reach his goals no matter what.
I read the book from cover to cover, and beyond the idea that things are not what they seem, I'm not sure what else I should have gleaned from the story.
The story is in third person narrative primarily from Slade's and Anna Fayne's points of view, although other characters such as Kerr, Threya and few others also get their points of view in. The story is more action and detail oriented rather than something that explores the depth of characters within the mysterious world they ended up in, and it's okay. I actually liked the world building and enjoyed exploring it.
(From the book)
Frank Cavallo is the author of The Hand of Osiris and THe Lucifer Messiah. His shrot stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including Every Day Fiction, Ray Gun Revival, and Lost Souls. He has also written for the Black Library's Warhammer property, including several short stories in their monthjyl fiction magazine Hammer & Bolter, as well as a novella feautred in the collection Gotrek & Felix: Lost Tales.
Personally speaking, this is a fun fantasy read that involves different dimensions, worlds and lots of fighting with swords or magic. Its definitely unique because for one it involves neanderthanls instead of the medieval ages fantasy, and it also involves a bit of technology as well as magic. I'm not sure if there should be a lesson from the book, and I do feel that a few things need some improvements such as adding more dimension to the Queen and Anna Fayne and the Etruscan side. I also would have wanted more dinosaur element in the story.
I got this book for an honest review
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)