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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Fimbulwinter


Fimbulwinter (Daniel Black) E.William Brown.


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Synopsis

Summoned to a world in the midst of apocalypse, Daniel Black would have his hands full just staying alive. Add in refugees, desperate soldiers, scheming nobles and a pair of thoroughly wicked witches, and life is going to be very busy indeed. Good thing he has magic of his own to even the scales. But will even that be enough? 
Warning: This novel contains graphic violence, inventive sex, unconventional opinions and a protagonist who has no interest in being normal. Read at your own risk.


My Opinion


After a brief hiatus from fantasy I've finally returned. Fimbulwinter centres on Daniel Black who has just lost his computer programming job and on that same day returns to his home to find his wife cheating on him. And if you think his life can't get any worse, well, you'll be mistaken - he gets locked up in jail for a night before being run over by a pickup-truck. But fate does offer him a helping hand. The goddess Hecate offers to heal him in return for protecting a girl. She also gifts him with whatever magic he wishes. And so the story properly starts when he is thrust into this new world.

I normally avoid reading stories where a person from a modern world get's thrown into a fantasy setting. They're normally pretty cliche and more D&D to read and while this book could be said the same I enjoyed the author's witty and direct writing. The pace of the book was swift and never really allowed time for your mind to wander as the story moved from scene to another without lingering on any one moment. And that was great for me as I wasn't looking for something elaborate to read.

The story is told in 1st person through Daniel but that didn't impeach other characters depth and involvement, which is usually the case with 1st person writing.

This is a indie book and there were the odd typo found here or there but nothing extensive or detrimental to the story.

A word of warning, this book is intended for a more mature audience and I was hard pressed not to find a sexual reference/innuendo per page. But it didn't border to gratuitous levels (although it was pretty close).
Also in the story woman are more or less treated as sexual objects and are mostly vivacious sirens. I didn't like that and I can imagine feminist liking it even less. But I can see what the author was thinking. He based his fantasy world on a medieval type setting and woman weren't treated equally during those times.

Conclusion


A fast, exhilarating story that's ideal for those looking for something quick and fun to read. I rather enjoyed this book, despite some of its flaws, but I can easily imagine it not being to others taste.


Out of 10 Stars:


6 Stars


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