Thursday, August 29, 2013

To Save Them All

Andor Awakening by Brendan O'Keeffe

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.

Summary: War is everywhere.

Shae is consumed by a vicious war between the human Imperium and a brutal race known only as the Raz. Humanity stands on the edge of destruction as the Razian forces advance city by city, burning everything in their path. Waking to find no memory of his troubled past and haunted by the implications of his abilities, Andor must find his place in this violent world, discover who he was, who he is, and what all of this means for Shae...

Review: A pretty standard fantasy with evil bad guys, a prophecy, and magic.

Andor Awakening is an enjoyable book although it is a pretty standard fantasy. It involves magic, a prophecy, evil baddies, and a love interest. I am a bit ambivalent about amnesia, perhaps because it was overdone in rpgs at one point. It seems like an excuse to have an info dump and I really don't like those. Thankfully, while this book does reveal information in big clumps to Andor, it is not all at once and follows a pretty logical progression. Andor's past also gets revealed slowly.

I liked the setting of this world with the idea of magical gifts (but a person only gets one), different nations, nations across the sea, werewolves, visions of what may come to pass, and prophecies. I really liked the idea of Andor's multiple abilities. It was a reason for him being special. So this book is a pretty standard fantasy, but is still enjoyable. I couldn't personally connect with any of the characters (even Andor). The characters besides Andor, Vo, and the ranger (forgot his name) all seem to blend together. I would have liked more developed characters.


Recommendation: I would recommend this to those that enjoy fantasy with traditional elements such as magic and prophecy.

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