You know how you can start reading a book, and once you're like through the first quarter of the book, you know how it's going to all end? That's how I felt with this novel, but that's not to say it wasn't written exceptionally well. It's not that I wasn't drawn in to the characters and what the story was about, either. I just knew how things would settle down.
This is Dark Age, by Felix Hartmann.
Normally when it comes to my reviews, I share the summary, then my pro's and con's. Today, I'm going to stress one thing above all others. It's imperative you have a good editor to catch your mistakes. Read it a million times and you won't catch them yourself; you have to have others look at it, then pay someone decent money to have them fix it.
Okay, PSA out of the way. Dark Age is set in the future. It's about a time when there are things that lurk in the shadows after such a cataclysmic ending to all we currently know and exist. The year is 2154 and life's doing its best to get better after decimation. This new world, an old one, is now ruled by a fanatic who's ritualistic practices are now law. Reminding me of Dragonslayer and Game of Thrones, there's a wall that is protected, keeping a war from creeping in and destroying all that is left of some visage of civilization.
Men are chosen through age, instead of lots, and they work in the mines and battle to keep creatures at bay. The war is practically a secret, other than being sent off and either working or fighting. Or both. But Adam, a new recruit feels there's much more. He feels it could all be over with the swing of a blade. But will such an act truly prevent the deaths of other young men? Can he possibly be the catalyst to change in a torn country run by a man who feels God is on his side?
Dark Age is well,... dark. It's rough on the protagonist, and all he holds dear. He can't seem to get a leg up and all that he loves is eventually lost. No body likes to see a hero continuously fall, but it is all for a purpose. The problem is, it's hard to hang on and find out when there are so many errors going on. The story is good and had promise, but you just get lost in the lag and structure.
I really wanted to like this book. It's not bad, but it's just not one of those you'll go bragging about. I think it needs a revision and update. That's all. I think it could be amazing though. If you'd like to see what all the hub-but is about, check out Dark Age, on Amazon, while I move on to the next read. Cheers!
Published by Hartmann Publishing
Released June 2016
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