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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Novum Trilogy Book 1: Crucible by Moira Katson

Title: Novum Trilogy Book 1: Crucible
Author: Moira Katson
Series: Novum Trilogy: Book 1
Read Type: Indie published
Stars: StarStarStar

You can purchase a copy of this book from Amazon UK and Amazon US

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"We have come to a moment when what we know as goodness and mercy will not be enough to guide us any longer..."

If you had seen a hundred races fall into a darkness beyond death, if you had seen your family slaughtered and you had fled beyond known space, if you had found the perfect weapon there to stop your enemy…what would you do?

And what would you do if that weapon was a living being?

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.

Strong language: None
Drugs: None
Violence: War/battle
Sexual content: None

This was a difficult novel for me to get into. In every chapter the point of view, and often the entire location and cast of characters present, would shift. Just as I would start to feel for a character they were gone from my spectrum. Looking at the table of contents it appeared as if many never reappeared, making the first half of the book hard to care about a character because I would soon lose them.

A large part of the problem I think was that while there were only three groups of characters (two sets of refugees and a spaceship's crew) according to my kindle each chapter took between 40 and 60 minutes to read, so it could be 2 hours of solid reading before I got back to the cliff hanger I left a particular group on. By that point I had lost some of the details of what was going on, and as they weren't repeated, we were just thrown straight back into the action, I felt lost.

But it wasn't all bad. The writing was good, it lacked emotion in places, but I blame most of this on the Royals being trained to have no emotion. Although it was already a fairly long book I would have liked more from the writing, showing me emotions, rather than telling, and more about the amazing scenery as most of these character had never left a castle before the story began, and now they were trekking through fields, beaches, mountains and more.

But it's not all bad…
Towards the end, especially the last chapter, I found myself smiling for no apparent reason. The plot finally felt like it pulled together. At the same time it felt like this was just a prologue for the other two books in the series.

Despite my overall reservations I would be interested in reading the next book in the series at some point. I hope, given that the writing fixed itself near the end that that trend would stay throughout the second book.

This book had a lot of highs, and a few too many lows. In spite of the warm fuzzies at the end I have to take the book as a whole and give it 3 stars

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