It took a bit of going, but I finally managed to finish reading Golden Age,
by James Maxwell. Not because it was in any way bad, merely because I was only reading one or two short chapters a night before bed.
This is the first of a series of four, setting the scene with the kidnapping of a princess, the coming of war, and the completion of a prophecy. The princess in question is, thankfully, not a typical fantasy ‘damsel in distress’, and is more than capable of thinking critically, and looking after herself. The narrative takes place in a fantasy land that is clearly based around ancient Greece and Egypt, with the protagonists living in the ‘Greek’ region, with agoras, columned temples, and the inhabitants clothed in chitons, whilst the antagonist of the story is building a giant pyramid tomb to appease his sun god. Oh, and there are some shape-shifter type creatures thrown into the mix.
As I said previously, I got this novel as a freebie from being a member of the Holiday Inn’s Club. Overall, it was a well-written an enjoyable story, albeit a bit brutal in places, but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any further instalments. Yes, it was good, but the narrative wasn’t such that I felt invested enough in the characters to want to continue following their story arcs, not like with my other Holiday Inn freebie: Crimes Against Magic (Hellequin Chronicles, #1) by Steve McHugh.
With this recent novel done and dusted, it’s back to the Death Note series, and volumes 5 and 6.