Red Smoke Rising
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This book is very fast-paced and action-oriented - it is a quick read and should appeal strongly to those who like near-constant action in their books. The only complaint I had is that there isn't much character development or explanation about the history of people or things - we're just sort of thrown into the middle of all of it and have to try to keep up. Fortunately, the pacing is smooth and the plot is engrossing to the point where you just decide to go with it - and what a ride it is! A stunning debut novel - pick it up and be on the lookout for more books from this highly talented writer!
There are a few things that keep the novel from being rated higher but none of them are enough to keep one from enjoying this book. A backstory that was more developed and more in depth character portrayal would really add to this story. As it stands, the reader knows that the land is ruled by an evil empire and they are given a few glimpses of their brutality but we aren't ever given more details about why Mia, Kale and the others are fighting. It is easy to root for the underdogs, but having characters that were fleshed out a bit more would make the story more engrossing.
I would also have liked a more refined writing style. The book is easy to read but there are sections that seem to be edited hastily. There are also a few spots that use overly simplistic sentences "Kale's face turned red. His eyes bulged." These tend to stick out mainly because they appear in the middle of text that is written well.
The last point that bothered me- and I know this might seem trivial- is the cussing that seems like it was thrown in on a whim. It's not that I mind the swear words, but the words felt like they were added to make it seem edgy. Instead, I was reminded of hearing teenagers swearing to impress their friends.
To summarize. . . very entertaining book, not a literary classic but I look forward to more from Rick Anthony.
This story is an action packed sci-fi adventure full of shape shifters, zombies, trolls, and all manner of otherworldly characters. Anthony brings the dystopic setting to life and the reader becomes part of the Underground's cause while they struggle to overthrow the Empire. Characters in the story are separated into caste systems with those who know how to work the magic of the drug ku and are able to manipulate auras and enhance things at the pinnacle. This novel is a tale of survival, fighting for freedom, and a wonderful example of doing what you believe is right. The story was an easy read and flowed well. Any fans of science fiction and fantasy should read this book.