To some extent the prose is drawn out and lingered upon and,
in fairness, it would have refreshing to take the odd moment of respite from
this in favour of a more creative storyline.
But, then, the point of this tale is not the story itself, which the
author has unfortunately chosen to spread over three books – it serves more as
a showcase for Alejandro’s detailed penmanship, which is undeniably quality.
I don’t want to give too much away by revealing that the
author has chosen to split this book, and this part is only the first, but, be
warned: “Rat Tunnels…” does, in my opinion, appear to break at a point where
the story looks set to get going proper; it also, for a reason which doesn’t
seem clear, changes confusingly into the present tense in the last few
paragraphs. I guess there may be an
element of marketing in Alejandro’s mind here, but, from a reader’s perspective,
personally I would have much preferred to see “Scorpions and Silk” (the saga’s
subheading) novelized as a single book – I imagine it would be a very good one,
and I think this author has a great deal of potential.
This is a great little novella, for what looks like it
will shape into a very entertaining trilogy, and I recommend it highly if you want
to productively kill a couple of hours.
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