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In the time after The Black, human survivors of the Southern Claw Alliance clash with vampire legions of the Ebon Cities in a constant war for survival. Earth as we know it has been forever damaged by an arcane storm that fused our world with distant realms of madness and terror. Things that once existed only in our nightmares stalk the earth.Now, humanity is threatened byIn the time after The Black, human survivors of the Southern Claw Alliance clash with vampire legions of the Ebon Cities in a constant war for survival. Earth as we know it has been forever damaged by an arcane storm that fused our world with distant realms of madness and terror. Things that once existed only in our nightmares stalk the earth.Now, humanity is threatened by one of its own.Eric Cross, an enlisted warlock in the Southern Claw military, is part of an elite team of soldiers and mages in pursuit of a woman known as Red -- a witch whose stolen knowledge threatens the future of the human race. The members of Viper Squad will traverse haunted forests and blighted tundra in their search for the traitor, a journey that ultimately leads them to the necropolis of Koth.There, in that haven of renegade undead, Cross will discover the dark origins of magic, and the true meaning of sacrifice...Experience a dark and deadly new world in the debut novel of the "Blood Skies" series from author Steven Montano....

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ISBN : 9780615488615
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Number of Pages : 316 Pages
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Blood Skies Reviews

  • Mihir
    2018-11-14 05:27

    Overall rating = 3 & 1/2 stars Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic ANALYSIS: Nowadays with so much being written in fantasy and its multitude of sub-genres, readers can often get perplexed as to what sub-genre a book fits into or how many genres it flirts with. Steven Montano’s Blood Skies is one such title that I came across in Goodreads and its blurb immediately struck a chord with me. The book’s details make it out to be a fantasy but also is set on a post-apocalyptic Earth.The book details an Earth wherein an event called “The Black” has wiped out most of humanity. What it also did was blur the dimensions thereby populating the Earth with many creatures that were thought of as figments of lurid imagination. The tale which is set on the remains of the North American continent features the cities of the Southern Claw and the tale is set about 20 years after the occurrence of the Black. Eric Cross is the main protagonist of the story who is introduced as a warlock in lieu with the Southern Claw military; he is part of the viper squad that battles the vampires of the ebon cities. The Southern claw alliance is a group of human cities that have banded together under the titleage of the White Mother who acted as a shepherd immediately after the apocalyptic events of the Black. No one knows much about the White Mother except that she acts only through her emissaries and without her support humanity wouldn’t have existed.The story begins when Eric recently begins his mission which is to track down a renegade witch called Red who has betrayed the human alliance by stealing some important information and now is heading towards the vampire holds. The magic contained by warlocks and witches is by the presence of a spirit that is of the opposite gender which powers them. Eric and his sister Snow are two such powerful magic wielding siblings who have figured out that life is forever changed and now they will have to do their best to survive. The opening chapters of the book are set three years and twenty years after the Black and finally begin again twenty three years later when Eric is a two year veteran of the southern Claw alliance but still hasn’t figured out his exact role. He feels more akin to a tool than an actual human warrior, his relationship with his sister is strained due to the age gap between them as well as his military life. Suddenly spruced and faced with problems due to the chase of the witch Red, Eric will have to figure out his life soon and at the same time figure what lead one of humanity’s strongest defenders to turn traitor.The book is set in a very dystopian world wherein the presence of magic has affected history, geography, society and almost everything on Earth. The author has very effusively described the settings and the way the characters see the land around them. Consider this as an example:“The fields of snow and rivers of ice are reflective white and blue, like steel and bone, a mirror a thousand miles long. In the middle of this nowhere stands a massive mountain as black as coal, it pierces the sky and penetrates the heavens.”The above lines along with many more in the book are the hallmark of the author’s work, a strong sense of description perhaps approaching Robert Jordan in his heyday. However as in the above example the author is also guilty of repetition. The sense of the world being in its twilight phase is never lost on the reader and as the tale is a quest. The author vividly sets about describing the landscape wherein the characters travel about and each new place even more scary and stranger than the previous one. Since the only POV is provided by Eric Cross the readers don’t get much of a look into the other characters and Eric who is a young man but also a solo narrator is often not the best one. The other characters that are present don’t get much time to make their presence felt as the author deals with a gruesome hand. Many of the characters are often introduced and meet their demise by the end of the chapter, this uncertainty about the character life certainly made the read bit more interesting.The negative points about the book are that the readers will often a sense of vertigo as the author slowly doles out information while describing certain events, places and characters thus making the read a bit uneven. The description-heavy prose is also good but at certain points just seems a tad hyperbolic. The author could have definitely eased up on that aspect. The biggest draw of the story is the quest aspect to it and while the author does make the story as fast paced as possible, at certain points however the story takes quite some weird turns which do not add up totally. The biggest drawback though is perhaps the author doesn’t reveal much of the world and while this is a perfectly reasonable act on the author’s part, I as a reader would have loved to dwell a bit deeper into the psyche of the common man of this world perhaps also seen a part of the current human cities. Again this is a very subjective thing and many readers would be fine with the way the book is set up. Also since this is the first book, I’m jumping the gun a bit and the author definitely could have revelations planned for later books.CONCLUSION: Steven Montano tracks a different path and showcases a different sort of world, the setting as well prose is what sets it apart from many in the post apocalyptic genre, riffing a bit on the black company books, the author crafts an interesting debut which if it overcomes its shortcomings will be a series I can look forward to.

  • Teresa
    2018-11-30 03:28

    I have to qualify this review with an admission that I rarely read a book that has vampires as part of the story. In this case,though, they aren't your high-school, sparkly vampires.The story is a dark adventure, from start to finish. Montano's prose is richly descriptive. I could smell the acrid smoke and mists, the warm swamps oozing black waste. There were times I wanted to wash the mud and the stench of the world right off of me. The world building was dark and thoroughly done. This world does not resemble the earth "before the black" in any way--save for the occasional vestige...reminders of a time when "Cross" was young and his life was good.

  • Tamara Rose Blodgett
    2018-11-22 07:09

    *This review was provided by my blog reviewer, Malryk.I entered this book with a little trepidation; I knew there was no other book in a series (no book two), and the concept was post-apocalyptic Earth. I did not think that this was something that had not already been covered by, say, the Fallout Series for video games.Oh, I was wrong.This book encompasses a world enveloped in darkness - literally - as a cataclysm that has been both unprecedented and unimaginable wracked the world from north to south, scorching the land and bloodying the skies in an attempt to patch itself (the world) back together. As beings from another plane become part of our own world, the slaughter of the human race begins. This...is "Blood Skies."I refuse to give out any other information. It should be enough to get one started on the read ;) ~ and I believe that it was done surprisingly well; the use of our old myths of creatures and undead in the new manners of the book was quite refreshing for one like me who loves to eat up novels of the fantasy/supernatural.I had to give this book 4/5 because there was no 4.5/5: the thing that prevented that 5 star were that the book was short, and it did not have enough... meat(?) It felt like it did not have enough content. This may or may not be linked to the feeling of the book being short. I will say this though:I want a sequel - asap.

  • Paul Nelson
    2018-11-18 05:11

    Blood Skies is a post-apocalyptic military fantasy where a lightly touched on event called The Black has decimated the world beyond recognition. The reason for The Black is not revealed, maybe saved for further books in the series, even the characters in the book do not know what occurred, just that it did and changed everything. The world, wonderfully described by the author has been cleaved, and then fused back together by a blind hand resulting in a melding of dimensions or realities. Nightmares became real as creatures were released free to roam the earth, the landscape is a broken and diseased wasteland, humanity all but destroyed. Montano’s descriptive writing paints a vivid and real picture of a bleak, desolate world, I've read a lot of fantasy/ sci-fi novels and this is the best world building out there, simply stunning. There is no skimming pages during any of the book as the pacing is done expertly and the information is drip fed perfectly.Now, amidst the black waters and blood skies the humans fight for there existence, the remaining human cities have bonded together to form the Southern Claw Alliance and together they battle the Ebon Cities, home of the vampires intent on wiping out mankind. Only the humans ability to harness sorcery, a power available after The Black and the efforts of the Southern Claw military, aided by the human warlock's and witches have allowed them to survive in this conflict for as long as they have.Eric Cross is the stories chief protagonist and an enlisted warlock in the Southern Claw military. Cross is a member of Viper Squad, an elite team of soldiers and mages in pursuit of a powerful witch known as Red, the former leader of Thornn, one of the largest Southern Claw cities and Cross's home. Red has stolen the human's sacred codex, their Tome of Scars, it stored the assembled knowledge of all the humans had accomplished in the new and dark world, a handbook for survival in an insane world.She plans to give the Tome and its information to a vampire seer and herald the surrender of mankind.Cross is an unlikely and unwilling hero, he battles unbelievable odds as those around him fall but he has two reasons to continue the quest, the Tome and Red has taken the most important thing in his life, he will prevail or die trying.Tension builds quite dramatically during the last few chapters and the ending is exceptionally well done, all told a highly enjoyable read, highly recommended. This is one of the most unique fantasy novels I’ve read in a long time and I have already purchased the remaining books in the series.

  • D.H. Nevins
    2018-12-03 07:25

    Wow – I was bowled over by Mr. Montano’s formidable imagination! His writing is intricately descriptive, painting a post-apocalyptic world that is so evil and dark, it would, by comparison, make a zombie apocalypse seem like Disneyland. Yes, this book has zombies too, but it’s ruled by putrid, decaying vampires, and its pages are flanked by hordes of other nightmarish creatures. Here’s a warning: once the aptly-named character, Cross, sets out on his mission, prepare to get swept up into a cold vortex of gritty action—which won’t wane or release you until the explosive conclusion. Be sure to have plenty of snacks nearby and prepare for a late night—it’s near impossible to put this book down.

  • David
    2018-11-26 08:29

    I haven't read many e-books so far. I don't like spending money for bad material, no matter how cheap it is. This is why I downloaded Steven Montano's debut novel on my kindle that fateful March 29 evening. It was FREE. The premise seemed promising. I do love dark fantasy and grim and gore and given the weather I was up for a dark and moody trip through some author's nightmarish imagination.But something happened. For such a dark novel, my mood was brightened because it was just that good. Yes, fellow good-readers. Blood Skies is a good read.When I first contacted Mr. Montano via Twitter, I stated that his world resembled a clash between Warhammer and Vampire-Hunter D. I won't waste time summing up the plot as most readers have done a far better job than I can ever do. Suffice it to say that if you love your dark fantasy world of vampires, ghouls, and evil spirits mixed with a bit of dark steam punk (dark punk?) then look no further than Blood Skies.From the very beginning, the first thing any reader will pick up on is Montano's frighteningly-vivid description of his world. His words are poetically-dark, bringing to mind the works of Edgar Allan Poe. At the very start, Montano describes a haunting world that has been devastated by a cataclysmic event the inhabitants refer to as "The Black". In fact, the title Blood Skies refers to the sickly-reddish color of the skies in this world. Everything from the skies, to the seas, to the land and the animals have been tainted beyond recognition by modern humans. It is an alien world filled with monsters...and humanity's not faring well.Forget about the romantic vampires the media has been saturated with. The bloodsuckers in this book are EVIL. Actually, no. They're the predators. We're the prey. This is not to say that they're mindless animals (FAR FROM IT.) The vampires are highly-intelligent beings from another plane of existence. Deadly and sophisticated, their dark cities dot the land, an eternal threat to the struggling strongholds of humanity which are succumbing to the darkness one after the other. Only magic, a force as mysterious as it is powerful, has enabled the human soldiers of the Southern Claw to take a stand against the night.Now here's an interesting part about the magic in Blood Skies. Each warlock or witch in the Southern Claw is connected to a spirit, an invisible yet omnipresent entity, that enables them to use magic against the vampires and other threats they may encounter. This was an original idea used by Montano as I believe warlocks and witches forge a more personal relationship with their magic, as both spell-casters and spirit are essentially one being. I know I'd like to have a spirit of my own in case of emergencies.Montano's descriptions of human and vampire cities is well-done, though pretty much what you'd expect of a post-apocalyptic world. Did I mention that, btw? This story does take place on our world, albeit one in which "The Black" has merged with other, darker dimensions, utterly destroying the old order of man and ushering the world of the vampire. The landscape is a mish-mash of frightening locales such as the Bone Marsh and the Razor Hills. I couldn't wait to see what new landscape the protagonists of Viper Squad would encounter just to see how Montano would explain it. I almost wished I could have visited.Almost.The one real downside I had with the whole thing was the characters. Eric Cross, the main, was a good protagonist who carried the story well. The supporting cast wasn't bad. I did like Graves and Snow, but the one character I really liked...well, it didn't turn out too well for her. One character, a witch, wasn't fully utilized to her narrative potential. She makes a small appearance in the beginning, returns with a fury in the middle, and then....well, you know. I just wish she lasted longer because I wanted to get to know who she was. It was just a miss, in my opinion.The main antagonist is a powerful witch who meets her end too easily, I'm afraid. All the hype at the beginning leaves her departure feeling less than anti-climatic. As for the other unfortunate members of Viper Squad, they could have utilized better. It's like GR Martin had gotten a hold of Montano and told him to kill off his characters. I can understand, given the brutality of this world, that not everyone's going to make it. But it sucks getting drawn into an interesting character's backstory only to watch them bite the dust before they could shine.In conclusion, I really enjoyed this first foray into the world "After Black" and will continue to read the series.

  • Andrea
    2018-12-04 05:13

    Every now and then, I like to read something out of my “wheel house”. So, when Steve Montano asked me if I would read and review his book, Blood Skies, I happily accepted. . If you’ve read any on my reviews, you can see that Blood Skies is definitely not the genre of book I typically read. When I finish a book, I almost always write a review immediately. Other times, I like to let the book “stew” and then write a review. Blood Skies is the type of book that I needed to let stew.Blood Skies is what I’ll call an “apocalyptic fantasy”. The story revolves around Eric Cross, who is a warlock and a soldier in the Southern Claw Military. Warlocks and witches have spirits, a visible being who is literally a part of them. The spirit heals, protects and fights for the person they belong to. Cross and his comrades, who includes his sister, Snow, who is a witch, are literally out to save the world. To fully explain the workings of their world would take a review longer than I want to write and definitely longer than you want to read. But here’s what I do want to tell you: Steve Montano is a writer with a beautiful, poetic style. Montano is somehow able to paint a vivid picture of a bleak world. His world building is stunningly descriptive. His descriptions of the land, the sky, the sometimes terrible creatures who inhabit this world are so consuming, I sometimes had to step back for a bit. The terror had me literally holding my breath. Besides world-building, the author also did a brilliant job of conveying Cross’ emotions. He gave an in-depth account of the terror and Cross’ struggles to maintain his sanity. Surprisingly, there is also a tremendous amount of love in Blood Skies. Eric Cross has such deep, sometimes shattering love for his team, but especially his sister, Snow, and his spirit. Sometimes, those passages regarding that love almost brought tears to my eyes. I wanted to share a tiny bit: (Regarding Snow)“…and seeing her there now, so tall, so beautiful, filled him with worry and nearly brought a tear to his eyes.”(Regarding Spirit) “His spirit still held him as if impassioned, and she was stuck to his skin like lover’s sweat.” I’ll be the first to say that Blood Skies is not for everyone. But if you’re like me, and want to step out of your comfort zone, Blood Skies is a good place to start.

  • Icy Sedgwick
    2018-12-11 06:06

    When I first saw a tweet about Blood Skies, it was something to do with vampires. "Oh yay...MORE vampires. Just what the world needed," I thought. Well, I read the synopsis anyway, and my attention was caught by talk of arcane storms, warlocks and a necropolis - all things that there just aren't enough of in the fiction I've read, and I can honestly say I am very glad I gave it a go!Blood Skies tells the story of Eric Cross, a warlock seemingly out of his depth within a military squad, dedicated to protecting what is left of humanity by pursuing a traitor through a series of evil lands, each more treacherous than the last. Earth, ruined by a mysterious cataclysm known only as "The Black", comes across as a nightmarish blend of Azeroth, Middle Earth and all of those twisted places your mind goes when it's dark outside and you're all alone. The stakes are raised dramatically when Cross' younger sister, a witch named Snow, becomes involved, and the tension ratchets up to an almost unbearable level.What impressed me was both the vast scale of the world building on display, with lush, vivid description bringing the locations to life in all their horrific splendour, and the quality of the prose. This is a real page-turner that had me clicking like mad through the Kindle edition, genuinely worried for Cross as he stumbles further into the middle of a truly heinous plot. Montano blends his epic description with staccato action scenes that seem almost cinematic in their execution, and there's a dark poetry to the whole thing that made me deeply envious that I hadn't come up with this first.I'd classify Blood Skies as dark fantasy, and I'll definitely be downloading the rest of the series!

  • Alan Edwards
    2018-11-13 07:35

    Blood Skies is a grim and gritty tale set in a bleak and hopeless world. Combining elements of apocalyptic horror, urban fantasy, and military fantasy in the vein of Glen Cook and the like, it tells the story of one of the human soldiers fighting a losing war against the vampires and undead bent on ruling the shattered remnants of our world. The action is fast and deadly. The vampires of Blood Skies aren't high schoolers who sparkle in the sunlight or who try to blend in among human society. They are ferocious animalistic killers who feel no more empathy to Man than Man does to a Big Mac. Against them are the elite forces the humans have put together to stem the tide, using the newly discovered magicks that awoke after the world changed. The protagonist is a human warlock who uses the power of the spirit he is bonded with to defend himself and his fellow soldiers against their enemies as they track one of their own, whose betrayal to the enemy threatens the precarious stalemate they've managed. The treatment of magic in the story is a unique take on the often cliched wizards and witches in other stories. Every warlock is bonded to an otherwordly spirit and can channel their power for various uses, but the toll it takes on their bodies ensures a shortened and painful life. Steven Montano does an excellent job bringing together all of the disparate elements in a cohesive storyline that moves forward relentlessly, and at times tragically. The writing style is staccato and terse, helping to emphasize the oftentimes brutal events. All in all, it's a train ride through a hellish landscape filled with nasty, unpleasant things. Right up my alley.

  • Albert
    2018-11-13 02:34

    Overall Feedback: Amazing book. That about sums up my feelings but I will try to expound on that a little. Steven does well with a genre that has seen more than it's fair share of regurgitation but this one just throws the genre on it's head and says it does not have to all be the same. A great refreshing new addition to the genre and I was greatly pleased.Point of View: You are Eric Cross or at least wish to be as the story unfolds and the ride begins.Voice: Compelling and helps drive the story to its end.Character Development: This is one of the areas that set this apart from the more than bountiful masses of books in this genre. Bravo to Steven for taking the time to develop great characters.Plot: Another spot that helps break a tired genre in two and keep moving the reader to forget that a thousand thousand of these types of books have made their way into being published.Dialogue: Although consistent with the characters and storyline I felt that some of the dialogue just did not correlate with the character it was meant for. Although I was never pulled out of the story and did not once stop and say to myself hmmm would he say that?Pacing: Unbelievable pacing. You will not have time to look for mistakes and if you do you are just being nit picky and need to stop.Setting: So unbelievable that you want/need to believe. Remember D&D, then you will revel in a book that brings this all together.Continuity: Again flawless and I defy you to be so nit picky to find any problems. Let the flow of the material grab you and hold on tight, it's a wonderful ride.

  • Les Braddock
    2018-11-11 06:25

    Let me preface this with the fact that I am neither a professional reviewer or writer. Just an AVID reader.Picked up this book on Kindle as a recommendation from the Author. I would have to say that I was not disappointed in the reading experience. The characters were fleshed out very well for the first book in a series; we are told enough about them to make them real to us, but there was still some left back, surely to be revealed in the continuing stories.The main protagonist, Cross, was a solid point of narration. His point of view and outlook changes throughout the book as the situations change. I like this in a book, in the sense that the character does not remain the same one dimensional character throughout, he flows along with the changes as they occur.I also liked the shifting focus of the "Bad Guys" around the central theme. The target shift as they get closer to the conclusion and the enemies they meet along the way are at the level that you are always unsure if this will be the last fight.This book kept me clicking through page after page... Wanting to get to the culmination and once I got there I was saddened that it was done, well at least this part of the story. I look forward to reading the remaining books in the series!

  • Clare Davidson
    2018-11-26 08:16

    Let me start by saying that I don't normally read dark, post-apocolyptic fantasy and (like plenty of other people) I'm tired of the recent glut of vampire novels that make vampires overly romantic. However, I read the blurb and my curiosity was piqued, so I downloaded the free sample pages. By the end of them, I was hooked.Montano has a very rich style. His descriptions of people, settings and situations makes them vividly real and made me really care about them. I wanted Cross and his Southern Claw unit to succeed in their mission all the way through. The idea is original, too and I was fascinated by the even known as The Black and by the magic system that he created, which was both unique and grounded in the familiar at the same time.And the vampires? They are how vampires should be: sufficiently dark, grim and soulless.I would definitely recommend this book. It's a nail biting read that leaves you guessing until the last few pages.

  • Jen Kirchner
    2018-12-07 07:30

    I had the privilege of reading Blood Skies before it was released and was pretty impressed. Steven Montano has taken an old, tired vampire genre and tossed it on its head -- then handed it a machine gun and a bag of grenades. I am particularly impressed with Montano's ability to build worlds. His post-apocalyptic Earth is fresh, deep, and loaded with new ideas that don't bore. His battles are creative. His characters are hilariously sarcastic, especially when the chips are down. I had no idea how attached I had become to the main character, Cross, until the story began to take turns that were impossible to foresee. I was never bored while reading this book. Definitely recommend. (This review was also posted on Amazon.com.)

  • Jay Dee Archer
    2018-12-09 06:20

    I wasn't expecting much, with this being a story involving a lot of vampires, but it surprised me. I enjoyed this. I gave this 3 1/2 stars. Read my full review here:https://ireadencyclopedias.wordpress....

  • Brian Wilkerson
    2018-12-06 03:16

    A Trickster Eric Novels ReviewSteven Montano asked me to read his novel "Blood Skies". The ground is black, the water is brown, and the sky is well, the color of blood. That should tell you all you need to know about the setting: its not a nice a place to live. On Tvtropes, we call this a "Crapsack World" because life sucks for everybody. Despite that, there are still soldiers like Eric Cross who fight to keep vampires out of human territory. The plot follows his mission to stop "Red" from selling vital human secrets to the vampric Old One.Setting: The story takes place after "The Black" a musterious event that transformed Earth into a poisoned and broken world rife with hostile supernatural creatues like vampires, ghouls, and assorted monsters. What's left of humanity has been at war with, well, the entire world really, but especially the vampires. Their weapons range from guns of varying size, to hexed salts, and mages. How magic works is crucial to the plot and revealed slowly so I won't spoil anything here. I will say, however, that it was fascinating and movingly written.Far more interesting than the mechanics of the setting is the mood created by the setting. It really is a shitty place to live and Mr. Montano has a gift for illustrating just HOW shitty. The state of the cities is dark and gloomy and grimmy. Day-to-day life is a struggle to pull half-way decent food from border-line hostile soil. Vampire attacks are a constant threat and there are only just enough soldiers to avert a tragedy but the cost is regularly high. Most of the humans 'play hard' i.e. (drugs, alcohol, prositution etc) because the possibility they won't be able to the next day is just as high, and even then the tobacco tastes like it had been 'drenched in urine'.  The Plot I like. Bare boned it's a fairly simple Macguffin hunt but there's a lot of meat here. It ischarged by the atmosphere and the character's drive to fulfill another, unrelated goal. The history of the world and the nature of the mission is revealed little by little. There's no As You Know here and while it's a little bewildering at first it only adds to the Full Picture. Everybody knows this stuff. They're not gonna recite it for the audience's benefit because there is no audience, hence a sense of realism. Like strands in a coil of rope; there's a lot of them and they're coiled tightly. The Plot's conflict is resolved, which I REALLY like. This book is the first in a series and there are more problems to come but this book's conflict is fully resolved. I can honestly say the climax is my favorite part of the book. It brings together plot threads, it is suspensful, it is true to the tone and the setting. However, there are two things I don't like about the plot.1. If "Blood Skies" were a tabletop game then Mr.Montano would be a sadistic dungeon master. If something can go wrong it will go wrong. The tainted world, though great for atmosphere, is not relevant storywise and so its greatest impact is to make the characters more miserable than they would be otherwise. Any time something good happens something horrible is nearby. 2. SPOILER! All I'll say is that Cross' group does something stupid, they acknowledge it as stupid, and the results are tragic. Making it even worse is that it had nothing to do with the plot. The danger comes out of nowhere and has no further relevance than the said tragedy. It works WONDERFULLY for the Setting (to show a wider world with more troubles than the Protagonist's own) but in terms of plot it's an oddball and feels like a device to produce the tragedy. Now for characters. On one hand, its hard to judge the characters because so many of them die shortly after their introduction but on the other this itself charactizes all of them. Humans are fragil. There's little in the way of Plot Armor. Cross, the protagonist himself, wouldn't have lived through his introduction without his spirit. All the characters live in a precarious state of life and death which is great for suspense. Cross himself is a great protagonist. He is set up and developed and ready for the story. No time is wasted making him 'identifiable' to the audience. I always apperciate that but my favorite part about him is his relationship to his sister, Snow. Its the most beautiful thing in this story. Few characters get Cross' level of development. This is because a lot of them die quickly so I'm willing to give Mr.Montao a pass on them but there is no excuse for the vampires. Despite having their own society with cities and rules and and social stratification they are Always Chaotic Evil monsters who started a war for apparently no reason. On the whole, this story has a good plot, setting and characters; mared only by a single Idiot Ball.Trickster Eric Novels gives "Blood Skies" a B+

  • Patremagne
    2018-11-26 07:23

    http://abitterdraft.blogspot.com/2013...Blood Skies is the first in author Steven Montano's series of the same name. The novel takes place in a dystopian Earth after it was ravaged by something called The Black. The world is composed of various factions and races, the primary being the human Southern Claw Alliance and the Ebon Cities, the vampire strongholds. After The Black, the vampiric legions of the Ebon Cities stormed the Earth, and the two powers have been in a constant state of war for the twenty-odd years since The Black occurred.These aren't your bighearted run-of-the-mill vampires who just want to find love that are so common in recent fantasy, they're soulless, cold-hearted and brutal bastards out for blood.Eric Cross, the protagonist, is a warlock - a magic user. He has a spirit attached to him with which he is able to use the different types of magical abilities that Montano presents us - from spears of ice to shields against other magic, warlocks are the wizards of Blood Skies. Using magic eats away at the soul of the warlock, so warlocks need to use apparatus to accommodate their spirits, such as a gauntlet wired to a battery. If magic is used without one, the soul is essentially devoured from the inside and the effects on the body are dire. Cross is the only character that we really see develop in Blood Skies because he's the sole protagonist, and the attachment to his spirit really adds to his development as an unwilling hero. Cross's sister, Snow, is a witch. Witches are the female variants of warlocks, but they don't need to use gauntlets or batteries to accommodate their spirits.Cross is selected for a mission to track down the traitor witch Red, who purportedly plans to sell stolen knowledge to the vampire hordes, which would guarantee the extinction of the human race. Cross's sister Snow is among the elite who are chosen to undertake the mission. Cross is naturally very overprotective of his younger sister and is opposed to her joining the squad, but she is the only witch available.Montano does a great job showing just how bad things are in this world. The sun never shines its vibrant yellow - blood-red light emanates from it, creating a very looming effect. The world is inhabited by these vampires and ghosts and other demonic beings and it is very apparent how hostile, gritty, and dark the story is. People die often and when they do their deaths are brutal. To go along with the creatures that make this world so savage, new types of weapons are introduced while modern day weapons such as the M16 assault rifle are present. Frost and hex grenades, arcane salts, guns and melee weapons of all shapes and sizes, you name it, they're here.Blood Skies is a dark, fast-paced, action-packed novel full of gore and grit, but there are some minor issues I had while reading. There are occasional parentheticals after sentences that are supposed to add humor, and while it works sometimes, other times they were unnecessary. Similarly there are times where full pages are dedicated to italicized almost dream-like sequences that didn't always make complete sense and I didn't feel that some of them added anything to the story. I would have loved a map and some more explanation of the other races and certainly about The Black, but perhaps Montano was purposefully vague and maybe they are explained in the sequels. These are only small problems though and took minimal enjoyment out of the novel.Steven Montano's Blood Skies was an enjoyable read that, due to its somewhat short length and very fast pacing, I could not put down. I look forward to the sequels in the Blood Skies arc.

  • Masquerade Crew
    2018-11-17 10:16

    MARK LEE'S REVIEWI have a lot of mixed feelings about this one. The author did a lot of things very well, but there are enough negatives that I decided to give this book a rating of 3.1 on the Masq Scale. First of all, there's good use of imagery and description. There were scenes I marveled at, the words painting a vivid picture.However, there is another side of this coin. Some scenes took the imagery too far, causing more harm than good for me as a reader. I would skip a few paragraphs and get back to the action. Also, some of these detailed passages were done as detailed dreams or visions. Some of these were necessary for one reason or another—characterization, plot development, and so forth—but despite this, sometimes I felt I had been briefly taken out of the story. The book starts with one of these, so my mind wandered right out of the gate. The author's vocabulary and use of diction is another positive overall. There were words used that I had not seen before (or not enough to know their definition off the top of my head), but they weren't presented in a way that I felt the author was speaking over my head or down to me. The book is a decent vocabulary builder for the right reader. However, there was one word that got on my nerves. The word "arcane" means "understood by only a few." Yes, the book has magic and other mysterious things, but the word "arcane" was used so much, it lost its meaning in a way. After a short while it no longer was a cool word. Instead, I would say, "Not again!" Although it's clear the book went through an edit, there was one style choice that distracted me. Not enough commas were used, especially after long introductory clauses. If I didn't catch it, mentally putting in a comma, I would have to re-read the sentence to catch the true flow of the sentence. This would only be a problem for you if you are a grammar or punctuation nut like me (or at least I try to be). I don't think the author did everything he could to capture the reader's attention, most notably in the first half of the book when the characters do a lot of traveling, something a lot of fantasy stories have in common. This time was spent developing characterization, but in many spots the plot seemed to slow or even pause. The story takes place 20 years after an event which changed the landscape of the very world. Before that, the world was the reality we live in. But these two worlds are starkly different, so different that despite minor references to our world, the world before The Black, I had a hard time believing that one world could transform so completely into the second in such a short period of time. In a way this distraction kept me reading because I wanted to know the details behind the scene. The answer didn't come until nearly 60% the way through the story, and it was a satisfying answer—I finally understood how the world could transform so quickly. Instead of answering my questions nearly all at once, a few more foreshadowing breadcrumbs during the character-building first half could have easily elevated this story to the next level. Despite all of this, I did enjoy the story, especially the last 40% or so. It took me weeks of short, forced reading sessions to get half way (not a complete reflection on this story as I have to do this often), but I finished the last 40% in one or two reading sessions, basically in one day. At this point I didn't want to put my Kindle down.

  • Jeff Dawson
    2018-11-23 10:23

    Welcome to Hell!First and foremost, not what I was expecting. I thought this was a book about vampires as the main characters and not minor ones. When I realized this wasn’t the case, it didn’t dampen my spirits to push forward. This is a story of a dystopian society gone mad. The Earth apparently has endured WWIII or another catastrophic event which released the “Black.” This phenomenon has transformed the planet into an utter and unrecognizable land of waste and decay. Even the soil is wrecked with rote and despair. The hero, Mr. Cross and his band, are on the hunt to find “Red”— leader of the vampires and the master “The Old One.” It is time for the reign and terror of the vampires to end and humanity to rise and rebuild. Sounds pretty enticing, doesn’t it? Well, it is and it isn’t.The pros of the story are the dripping descriptions of each and every scene. That is also a problem we’ll address later. You can taste, smell, and feel this horrid landscape which reeks of death and broken bodies. The story provides an excellent timeline, which flows extremely well. This is very refreshing, since many authors today want to add multiple and distracting flashbacks. None here.The creatures Cross and his entourage encounter are some of the most gruesome believable monsters I have come across in awhile. You will shudder as your mind pieces together and formulates a picture of the grotesque beings attacking the group. Very realistic.The fight scenes are, too say the least, full of non-stop action. The one that really sticks out was in Chapter nine. Very intense!The cons As stated earlier, dripping descriptions. This is way overdone. I found myself, like Cross and his fellow combatants walking knee deep in muck and mire, slugging thigh deep through the eerie landscape of a host of overburdening adjectives. It was almost unbearable at times. In fact, as you start getting to the end, I believe the author lost his thesaurus, because the depth and amount of adjectives dramatically tales off, and the story starts flowing like a greyhound. Fight scenes. I’m one for believability when it comes to fiction. I detected a bit of George Mann in the scenarios. There is no way a human could endure such horrific injuries and continue on, especially without rudimentary medical care. The ending. Without going into detail, knowing there is a second book in the series, left me flat. Very discouraging.Who will like this? Those looking for a travel into the bowels of the unknown not knowing when or what will be lurking in the dark waiting to bring about your demise. 3.75 stars

  • Shannon Hutcheson
    2018-12-08 09:12

    It was really good! The imagery and depth of world creation is absolutely amazing, and chilling. It is by far the most dark and horrific dystopian book I have red to-date. The way Montano describes the scenery is just chilling, I can't even think of another descriptive word for it lol. The way the skies are red and dark "like a bloody steak" or similar make a very vivid picture in one's mind. That's for sure!The main character, Cross, is an unlikely and unwilling hero who keeps beating unbelievable odds against nightmarish creatures. He keeps managing to live through incredibly gory, traumatic situations that would leave nearly anyone cowering in a corner waiting to die. He keeps going on relentlessly until he finally reaches his goal. A search for a woman who has every detail about the human settlement that is the last bastion of defense against the hoards released by The Black. She's going to hand over everything to a vampire who plans to wipe out the humans. The journey is long and brutal and Cross literally loses every single person close to him along the way, even family. The reason for The Black (the cause of the way the world is now in the book) is very vague, perhaps there's a reason for it that we will discover in later series. Not even the book's characters know how or why The Black happened. They only know that it did, and that there was a time before The Black. It is briefly discussed that The Black somehow seemed to mesh two dimensions together. Thus releasing nightmarish creatures that killed off most of humanity. The world is broken, permanently dark and diseased. Somehow, magic has come to be an innate ability for certain humans. The world, the way magic and the kind of vampires that Montano created is very different than anything I've read so far (and I read A LOT!). The vampires are evil and soulless, the way you kind of expect them to "really" be. Magic depends on your very soul. In fact, it "eats" away at your soul when used. Magic users actually have a 2nd soul, like a ghost, that helps manage the magic and protect the user. You really have to read about it to understand how that works. It's incredibly creative and interesting though!I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of paranormal and horror. Montano's writing style is VERY good and quite unique. The characters quickly become important to you and are very easy to empathize with. Blood Sky's world is incredibly bleak, horrific and extremely dangerous and very graphic. There is a great deal of blood involved, if you have a weak stomach this is not for you.This is a book I'd read again. I certainly plan on buying more in the series.

  • Lynn Worton
    2018-11-27 05:26

    I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.Where do I start? This is a fantastic post apocalyptic dark fantasy! I loved it!Eric Cross is an intriguing character. He is a warlock and a member of Viper Squad, an elite group of warriors who have been tasked with tracking down a rogue witch. I really liked this man. He has a tendency to be overprotective of his sister, but with dangerous vampires around, I don't blame him! I started to read this book and I was quickly hooked! This story is very hard to describe without giving anything away! The vivid imagery of the apocalyptic red sky, the places and people brought this story to life. A post apocalyptic world is a scary thought! What cataclysmic event created this one is a mystery, but this world is a dangerous one. There are humans, mages and vampires, and a long standing war between them that has been raging for over 20 years. The vampires are dark and scary! I certainly wouldn't want to meet these fiends! They are certainly not sparkly! There are some intriguing characters that join Cross on his journey, including his sister, Snow. However, none are more so than Cross's mage spirit. She is tied to him and his magic in a mysterious way. He can interact with her, but she is more of an energy or shadow rather than a physical being. As the story unfolded, I was struck by the use of modern items such as weapons combined with old fashioned travel, using horses and camels rather than cars and lorries, which gave this book a steampunk feel. As Cross's journey continues, he meets a witch called Cristena. I really liked this feisty woman. She is reckless at times, but she has a good reason. The story is full of twists and turns that continually surprised me, and there are a few shocking events that made me gasp. The ending was somewhat anti-climatic (there was no cliffhanger as such), but there was a teaser for the second book, which made me want to keep reading! Steven Montano has written a fantastic dark fantasy that is fast paced and action packed. However, I felt that some of the scenes were a bit too long and drawn out. Nevertheless, this did not destroy my enjoyment of the story, and I look forward to reading more of this series in the future.Due to scenes of violence, I do not recommend this book to young readers or those of a nervous disposition. However, I highly recommend this book if you love dark fantasy, dystopian, post apocalyptic, paranormal or horror genres. - Lynn Worton

  • Sara Townsend
    2018-12-11 05:29

    BLOOD SKIES is set in a post-apocalyptic future. The world we know has been devastated by a catastrophic event known as The Black. Vampires have emerged into the open and rule the world, declaring war on the remains of humanity.Eric Cross is a human with an unusual gift – the ability to use magic. The ability is connected to his ‘spirit’ – a ghost-like being who has attached herself to him and makes it possible for him to use the magic. Eric’s sister Snow has the same ability, but she is younger than he and all he cares about in the world, and his main priority in life is to keep her safe.Others, however, feel that Eric’s priority should be to use his abilities in the fight to save humanity, and he is enlisted into the Southern Claw military, and sent on an elite mission to track down a witch named Red – a traitor to the human race who has sold knowledge to the vampires that could bring about the destruction of humanity. Eric’s gift of magic makes him a valuable asset to the military, and when Snow joins the same squadron, offering her own gifts to help the fight against the vampires, Eric is horrified – torn between his desire to protect his little sister and the need to help his people survive. But Snow is growing up, into a woman who knows her own mind and is determined to fight for the survival of the human race, and all Eric can do is join the battle and help her fight.This book portrays a grim view of the future, where survival is all that’s important and the vampires are very much the bad guys. Initially it took me a while to get into it, as it starts out as a post-apocalyptic dystopian sci fi novel with a heavily militaristic leaning – not really my sort of book. And I never really did understand what ‘The Black’ actually was, and how it came about. But the supernatural elements – the existence of ghosts and vampires, for instance – give it an interesting extra dimension, and the character development is extremely well done. I really started caring about Eric and his sister, and wanted to know what would happen to them. There’s also an unexpected and surprisingly emotional ending that I really didn’t see coming, and for that reason alone it deserves four stars.This is far more than just a science fiction novel. Part horror, part fantasy, part thriller, it really does have something for everyone.Review property of www.read2review.com

  • Read2review
    2018-12-05 09:33

    BLOOD SKIES is set in a post-apocalyptic future. The world we know has been devastated by a catastrophic event known as The Black. Vampires have emerged into the open and rule the world, declaring war on the remains of humanity.Eric Cross is a human with an unusual gift – the ability to use magic. The ability is connected to his ‘spirit’ – a ghost-like being who has attached herself to him and makes it possible for him to use the magic. Eric’s sister Snow has the same ability, but she is younger than he and all he cares about in the world, and his main priority in life is to keep her safe.Others, however, feel that Eric’s priority should be to use his abilities in the fight to save humanity, and he is enlisted into the Southern Claw military, and sent on an elite mission to track down a witch named Red – a traitor to the human race who has sold knowledge to the vampires that could bring about the destruction of humanity. Eric’s gift of magic makes him a valuable asset to the military, and when Snow joins the same squadron, offering her own gifts to help the fight against the vampires, Eric is horrified – torn between his desire to protect his little sister and the need to help his people survive. But Snow is growing up, into a woman who knows her own mind and is determined to fight for the survival of the human race, and all Eric can do is join the battle and help her fight.This book portrays a grim view of the future, where survival is all that’s important and the vampires are very much the bad guys. Initially it took me a while to get into it, as it starts out as a post-apocalyptic dystopian sci fi novel with a heavily militaristic leaning – not really my sort of book. And I never really did understand what ‘The Black’ actually was, and how it came about. But the supernatural elements – the existence of ghosts and vampires, for instance – give it an interesting extra dimension, and the character development is extremely well done. I really started caring about Eric and his sister, and wanted to know what would happen to them. There’s also an unexpected and surprisingly emotional ending that I really didn’t see coming, and for that reason alone it deserves four stars.This is far more than just a science fiction novel. Part horror, part fantasy, part thriller, it really does have something for everyone.Star rating: 4/5

  • Scott Moon
    2018-11-23 07:34

    I decided to read Blood Skies after enthusiastic recommendations by Danielle Young of the Consuming Worlds blog. When she announced she was hosting a blog tour for the seventh and final book in the series, Vampire Down, I was intrigued. I've never been able to jump in at the end of a series, so I picked up a copy of Blood Skies and started reading. My first impression is that Steven Montano has an incredible imagination. My second is that the Blood Skies series definitely fits the dark fantasy genre in all its dramatic glory. Montano put serious effort into world building and character development, and expresses his knowledge of military small unit tactics.The story takes off quick and shows a world changed by a cataclysmic magical event called The Black resulting in humankind's struggle for survival. Wizards, warlocks, and military commandos battle against vampires and a host of undead creatures using everything from assault rifles to more exotic devices powered with steam and necromancy. Magic, specifically human magic, is important to the finale. Montano describes the more important tools of the trade in some detail. Given the intensity of the battles Cross and his Southern Claw Alliance squad mates face, weapons and the soldiers who bear them have a short life expectancy. Before long, Cross is racing to save his sister Snow, and also the magical spirit that has lived with him since he was a child (the spirit doesn't have a name). Not everyone is going to make it home alive.It is hard to describe how many bad things happen to Cross and his companions.In the world of Blood Skies, little is remembered about the past, before The Black. The protagonist, Cross, a warlock assigned to an elite military squad, must find a traitor that has plans to betray humanity to The Old One and the vampire nation. In the end, Cross will determine the fate of mortals everywhere.I enjoyed this book and will be adding the rest of the series to my reading list.(Though I am reviewing this as part of a blog tour and could have obtained a free copy, I purchased the book because I wanted it on my Kindle & Kindle Phone app, and also because I don't mind spending money on books. The last time I checked, Blood Skies was available for free anyway.)

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-27 06:12

    I have to say I was pretty excited going into this one. A Dystopian military dark epic fantasy where vampires don’t sparkle—no offence to anyone, but vampires aren’t sparkly! ‘Nuff said!The plot to this story was absolutely everything I was hoping it would be and so much more. It moved along at a good clip, with lots of blood, guts and explosions. While it is a fantasy, the story is very engaging, the characters are believable, and the action is intense. The character descriptions are very well done, allowing you to see each individual character almost clearly in your mind as you are reading. Steven Montano’s imagination is amazing and his descriptions put you into the story. You feel like you are a member of Viper Squad, trudging through the mud and blood and destruction right beside Cross, Graves, Winter, and Morg. The way he describes some of the nightmares, like the necronaught, made me tremble, and pull my blankets up to my chin.The story centers for the most part around Cross. While he has always felt like a freak, he is extremely protective of his sister Snow. As a member of Southern Claw military and a warlock, he has seen a lot of gruesome stuff. He will do whatever is asked of him to keep his sister safe and hopes that she will never have to do what he does.I thought that the arcane magic and Cross’ spirit were simply genius and a very exciting twist to the story. They added elements that are typically not in apocalypse stories and I liked that the spirit wasn’t just a Jimney Cricket conscience type of thing, but could be used as a shield, weapon, or both.Blood Skies was definitely a very entertaining, and unique blend of adventure and nightmare. I enjoyed every word and can’t wait to start the sequel Black Scars. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys dystopian, vampire, horror, adventure, or fantasy stories.

  • Danielle Young
    2018-11-24 06:27

    I wanted to love this book so much, unfortunately our relationship did not grow to love, and by the time the book was finished I was more confused about where I stood. I mean I loved parts of the book, liked parts of the book and disliked parts of the book.Let's start with what I loved. I absolutely loved Steven Montano's completely unique take on the vampire. We are definitely not in Kansas anymore Todo!! These vampires are far from the vamps that girls dream of dating. They don't sparkle, they don't have a soft side and they most certainly will not hesitate to rip your head off. Steven Montano brings vampires back to the dark side, and I have to say that I like it! But I would have loved to have more of them.And his witches and wizards bring a whole new layer of complexity to what is one of my favorite supernatural beings, won't go into any details here, but let's just say that he brings a new meaning to the word soul-mate!Everything about this book was new and different, as the world was literally built from the ground up, which I liked, but I also disliked. Though it was incredibly descriptive, at times I found it to be too descriptive, making it hard for me to envision the incredible world that he created. It took me a while to really get into the story because I felt that most of the beginning of the book was dedicated to descriptions. But once the dialogue took over and I got to dive in to the meat of the characters the story took off. There was a brief confusion during a few chapters where I was trying to figure exactly which character's POV I was reading from.All that aside, this book really delivers an incredible world that definitely shows the darker side to some of my most loved supernatural beings!!

  • Lou
    2018-11-29 08:19

    I found Blood Skies to be a very good and very dark book.As I'm an avid reader of vampire books it's really nice to read a book which doesn't describe vampires in such a way that they have become romanticised. To me vampires should be creatures that scare you or at least creep you out. Steven Montano certainly portrays the vampires to be the dark, blood sucking monsters that I think they should be. Steven doesn't scrimp on the bloodshed and gore either: "Three corpses lay in unrecognizable heaps on the ground, their bodies perforated head to toe by the rusty weapons. Shreds of clothing clung to their decimated bodies. Bloody messes of hair and skin had spread like grisly jam." & "Their flesh was rotten and leathery, and they bore gaping holes in their bodies through which he saw black worms swimming in their veins in place of blood."The description of Unicorns that Steven uses has certainly changed my view of them from the cute white lovable animals from my childhood to some thing a little more sinister and creepy: "The unicorns emerge from the silver fog like a chain of nightmares. Their skin is black and coarse, and thick dark blood oozes from their nostrils and hooves. Their eyes are white and their horns are jagged and covered in scratches. Their teeth are fanged."There are some points in the book where I actually felt sorry for the main character Cross, the best instances of this without becoming a spoiler would be Chapter 11 and Chapter 23.I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy and vampires, but I do mean Vampires not soft, lovable vampires!My overall rating of this book is 4! Lets see how book 2 does...

  • Candice Bundy
    2018-11-18 02:08

    Blood Skies is the first book in a series combining Urban Fantasy, Apocalyptic horror, and Military fantasy. Now normally I don't go for the military fantasy bent, but I love stories with intensive world building and a depth of descriptive prose that leaves me jumping at shadows and checking my blind spots for the next day. Montano's world is ours, but horribly and irrevocably broken by the Black. Humanity is fighting a near hopeless battle, and the vampires and other creatures they face have no mercy. His hero's are just like us, but thrust into the middle of a war zone. You can feel them mentally cracking around the edges while they wield powerful but deadly magic and you hold your breath hoping they can keep it together. And magic has costs on both ends, which is wonderful. Everything after the Black has a cost. And the main character, Cross, always seems to get kicked in the ass with it. Through it all, it seems a madness, this hope to win an endless war against and unstoppable enemy. Yet Montano gives us hope to hold the line. And it's that razor-thin edge you cling to throughout the book. The fight scenes are stunning. Sometimes I re-read them simply to revel in them. Yeah, I'm like that. There is a lot of brutal gore in this series, so be prepared, but what will get you is the human cost. Montano doesn't pull punches. As a debut novel, this is a fantastic read.

  • Robert
    2018-11-13 06:30

    When I started reading Blood Skies I wasn't sure what to expect, but Steven Montano's marketing promised "real vampires" . . . not those sparkly ones, which I really don't care much for. With that said, vampires still aren't really my thing when it comes to reading a good novel, but I have to say that Blood Skies surprised me in this regard and it definitely exceeded my expectations.I love reading fantasy and grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons when I was a kid (still a big fan of the computer games), so I was pleased to see some familiar creatures make it into Blood Skies. However, this isn't your typical fantasy, which took some getting used to. Blending undead creatures such as vampires, wights, liches, zombies and hell hounds with modern weaponry and the arcane powers of witches and warlocks was something that made Blood Skies a very unique read for me. Montano's descriptive writing in this fantasy-adventure was top-notch. He paints a vivid picture of each scene in the Blood Skies world and he did an excellent job of narration and dialogue overall. This is one of the most unique fantasy novels I've read in a long time and left me craving for more. I was disappointed when I finally reached the end (which is a good thing) and I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-14 06:15

    First let me say this is not the typical genre I read. Well, kind of. It has a more science fiction futuristic dystopia feel to it than I usually read. Although this book is extremely well written, the story did not captivate me at all. Ever. I read many reviews of others who do not typically read this type of fiction that absolutely loved this, which is what lead me to read it. The characters are ok, but you never seem to get too attached to them. Even when one of the mcs dies, it didn't really upset me. I didn't feel like the story really developed into anything, well, interesting. The author did a good job creating the world for you, but there were many things I felt were just assumed you would know. Such a random creatures with names I have never heard of. I do want to note that I do feel the author is an incredible writer. The overall imagery he creates is well described. The grammar, spelling, etc, were superb (if you are into that kind of thing like weird ole me! ) I will not be reading the other books because this one couldn't hold my interest. I did give it 3 stars for the writing and because I feel like if you were really into this very specific genre, you might really enjoy this book.

  • Charity Bradford
    2018-11-17 06:26

    Characters or World Building? I was confused most of the book. This is a book where you really have to let go and immerse yourself in the world. It was hard for me to get into, but the last few chapters pulled me in enough that I'll probably read the next book in the series. I believe my problem in the beginning was two fold--The genre--it was listed as military scifi (which I like), but this was nothing like the stuff I've read before. I went in expecting one thing and found something else. It was hard to shift gears. There are witches, warlocks, vampires, and other monsters on a planet. Magic, carnage, oh and some heavy weaponry. I don't know what you would call this, which is probably the same problem the author had. Maybe alternate earth military paranormal? The style--it's hard to get to know Cross or any of the other characters, and in the end I figured out why. The world/setting is really the main character. You have to understand the world before any of the characters can grab your attention.