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Angela of Troy

Prequel to Golden Mane, Book One of the Adventures of Sarah Coppernick
by SJB Gilmour

genre: fantasy

Synopsis from Goodreads

Angelina Troy was a woman of legend. Seasoned veterans feared her sword and gods themselves lusted after her body, just as demons in the pits of the darkest hells loathed her and her necromantic power. Nothing, it seemed, could bring her down.

Then she met the one man who neither feared her nor desired her – the fearsome and equally powerful Silver Shroud werewolf Benjamin McConnell. It was that encounter that sparked her ultimate downfall and terrible fall from grace…

Review

I understand what the author was trying to do, entice the reader with a free prequel, but I’m starting to think short stories just aren’t for me.  Writing short stories is a different talent than writing full length novels.  I might have liked Mr. Gilmour’s writing if it had I started with a full novel, but as it is, it just fell flat.  There wasn’t enough time to get attached to the characters.  There was too much background in some places and not enough in others.  The characters bounce around on different planets, but it doesn’t really help the story, especially when the author is referencing modern country names of places the character is at before the country exists.  It wasn’t a 1, but it wasn’t a 3 either.  For me, it was a sturdy 2 star book.

My advice is to check out book 1 in the series, read a sample, and if you like what’s in the sample, it’s probably a good read.

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

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