Ebook, 274 Pages
By: Rob J. Hayes
“Honour can be lost a dozen times, and regained. Life can only be lost once, and never regained.”
🌟 After 3 years of reviewing books, I developed a hunch for the books I will like. It is like the clinical sense in medicine, something that is gained with experience and trial. I sometimes try to give books chances even if I feel I won’t like them. They mostly end up being disappointing so I learned to follow my gut even more.
🌟 A couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw the cover of this book and I had a strange feeling. I felt that I NEEDED to read this book ASAP! The post was a chance to get an ARC and review this book. It looks like the stars aligned that moment and everything went perfect, the second day I had my E-ARC waiting in my inbox.
🌟 Another fact about me; I take a glimpse on the first few pages and read the prologue whenever I get a new book. I was intrigued super quickly! I fell in love with the writing style by reading a few lines.
🌟 When I finally started the book, I didn’t know what to expect. If it was going to be as good as the first page then I was on a wild ride and I was so ready for it. But I haven’t read anything by the author previously and so I lowered my expectations.
🌟 The writing style did not disappoint and it was everything I wanted and more! It was funny, emotional, deep, relatable and easy to follow.
“Some fight for honour, and some for reward.
Some for glory, and others for a cause.
Some fight for freedom, from tyranny and hate.
And some fight for love, not for a person but a name.
With death as their guide, their companion and goal.
They cross all Hosa, spirit, flesh, and soul.
Hounded by demons, from the pages of lore.
What starts with a whisper, must end with a roar.”
🌟 The characters were so fleshed out and I was thinking about my favorite and the answer was Itami Cho, Iron Gut Chen Lu, Zhihao, Bingwei Ma, and Roi Astara. In another language, this was one of the very few books were I like all the characters without exceptions! The characters are introduced gradually and there is time for development for all of them, I did not like all of them immediately but they certainly grow on you as you progress through the book. The characters are so diverse too and they have different personalities and characteristics that make them unique. I felt that this was a more mature version of Six of Crows –Character wise-!!!!
🌟 The world building is awesome, I mean the Asian setting, with its mythologies and the fantastic fantasy world all come together to make it an atmospheric read that is hard to forget!
🌟 Plot wise it was perfect, the thing that I did after I saw the cover was checking the synopsis and it was so cool and new. I have never read anything like this before and thus it has bonus points for creativity!
The heroes are working for a second chance to live under a SHINIGAMI!! HOW COOL IS THAT!!!
The pacing was just excellent for the story, the last few chapters in the book were literally the end of me. I felt that it was illogical to name a book “Never Die” when it made me die. There was no romance (Which is a change from the clichéd romance in 90% of books), there was just action and drama and important themes, all packed in less than 300 pages! And it is a standalone which is way too perfect for me!
🌟 Summary: It is always hard to review good books because there is not much to say about them. But this book had perfect characters, perfect pacing and world building and perfect plot twists! This all made it deserve a place as my 8th 5 stars rating this year among 145 other books that I read this year. Once again, my hunch was true!
Another fact: apparently this is self published which blows my mind and I certainly will check the author’s other works!
🌟 Prescription: Do yourself a favor and read this book if you like fantasy! I can guarantee that it won’t disappoint.