Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: Myth

Myth by Jolea M. Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Science Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received received a free ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Behind the veil that separates the living from the dead, awaits the teeming horde. Evil bides its time, probing for weakness. It slithers across the divide, searching for the weak, the insane, the criminal mind, and even the average citizen of Cobalt, commanding them. The order is to kill. The target...

Seventeen-year-old Dynan Telaerin's biggest challenge is keeping the woman he loves and the brother he adores from being in the same room at the same time. Liselle Tremault and Dain Telaerin despise one another, forcing Dynan to choose between them, but a murder plot against him abruptly trumps other concerns. Visions of the destruction of civilization follow, turning shadowy dreams into the possibility of terrible reality. The lines blur between what is evil and what is good as one seeks to destroy him and the other seeks to delay his future. The methods each side employs to attain their goals are remarkably similar, leaving Dynan in a desperate race for his life. 

Myth, the second book of the Guardians of the Word fantasy series considers the complications of truth and intention, where one may not be conducive to the other and where some evil is necessary to negate others

My Thoughts: I read the first book in this series over a year ago, so I re-read it before starting this book to remind myself of the plot. There are actually five books now available in this series – Chosen, Myth, Telepath, Legend and Union, with three more due in the future – and I’m hoping to get them all read this weekend.

The editing on this one is a bit better, but there are still a number of errors, including dinning for “dining”, sparring for “sparing”, and road for “rode” (just off the top of my head). I have rated this one at four stars partially for this, and partially because it was just more difficult for me to read than the first one.

This book wasn’t as “fast” a read as the first one, despite being a bit shorter; because it seems to be focused more on the character interactions than action, I think. It gives us a deeper understanding of the dynamic between Dain and Dynan – which is rapidly deteriorating throughout much of this book – as well as some of the people around them. The first book was pretty much action from start to finish, and this is a very different style. It is also very dark, and it looks like there are dark things coming in this series. It was, due to this, at times very difficult to read – definitely not a light and fluffy read. However, if you want a strongly character-driven story, set in a science-fantasy realm, then this series seems a strong choice. Recommended.

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