So the book its self:
Tom Swan now in his fourth outing is a well-rounded, well-formed and amusing character. He is the rebellious youngster we either were or wanted to be. Whilst he is a jack of many trades and a master of none, you get the feeling that as he matures his expertise will blossom and if he survives long enough he will become a master spy, swordsman, linguist, treasure hunter etc.. Will this be too much, will he take on the look of a superman. I don’t personally think so. Christian Cameron builds in enough character flaws and self-doubt to keep the man grounded and real.
As usual Christians attention to historical detail is second to none, his fighting scenes are real, because anyone who has researched the writer knows that he fights in armour himself, he knows how hard it is, what the moves are and what pains occur from long use and the battering of a sword / pike. He has attending sword fighting training and practices archery. he lives the books before he writes them. This gives each and every character a much more real person feel in the book, as only writing from experience can.
The book is short and is over well before you want it to be, 100 pages goes so fast that if you are like me it will be gone in one short evening. but to be honest if it was 1000 pages i would have struggled to put it down.
This series would have made a great series of novels, maybe we can convince Christian to write a full novel on the man… best way is to buy the books (all of them) and review the fact that you love them.
I will be buying them all, that’s for sure.
Cannot recommend highly enough
rest of the series
Also on sites like amazon there seems to be a lot of backlash at present on Amazon regarding short stories. Comments like
. It’s too short
. I didn’t know it was a short story
. It stops just as it gets going
and many many more:
These things do not belong in feedback for a book on here: Amazon clearly label all short stories (EG see below for this book)
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 286 KB
Print Length: 100 pages
Publisher: Orion (11 April 2013)
Note where it says 100 pages, dead give away for the length of the book. (that answers the first couple of issues raised above)
Re: it stops just as it gets going! Well look at it in the same way as an episode of a great TV series. It’s a self-contained story, and leave you wanting more at the end so you come back next week… or in this case next month.
For 99p its an utter bargain.