The Kraken Lord and the Eater of the Sun (Bestiary #1) by E.E Ottoman
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3.5 Pants Off
Egrill spends his day cloistered in his mountain home, unable to leave behind memories of the brutal war he fought and the lover he lost in the fight. But his peaceful solitude is interrupted by a strange creature that claims to be a mythical Kraken, and Egrill can't deny that he is certainly like nothing Egrill has ever encountered …
It took me some time to get into this story and when the pace did pick up, and other characters where introduced, I did end up liking it. HOWEVER, the story is not that long and if it takes one 1/3 of the book to get into it, that's a bit long, for this length. I did get the feeling of loneliness and isolation which Egrill was feeling and it left me feeling sorry for him, because about one third of the story were spend on the description of the mountain and the caves, where Egrill lived and then met the kraken. A lot of time is dedicated to describing everyday chores, like dressing, cooking and so on, which is not all that exiting to read about. I would have liked to know more about the war that was mentioned, about the different races that live in this world, about the gods and more about Egrill's dead lover.
There are bits and pieces that are told about Egrill's past, it's just not much in comparison to things like those former mentioned everyday chores, which took so many pages. I liked Egrill and enjoyed reading about him, especially after he met with the Kraken and finally there was some action and not only descriptions. My bad news for tentacle lovers is that the tentacles didn't really play a big role here, even with Egrill's new lover being a Kraken.
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Less Than 3 Press
2.5 Pants Off
When royal soldiers attack his village in search of a magical relic, Kenji watches in horror as all that he loves is destroyed. Determined that they will not get what they want, he takes the staff they seek and flees, vowing to avenge all those he lost as soon as he can.
So, did anyone watch Sailor Moon when they were child or teenager? One of the characters is Mamaru and we meet a white horse who strongly reminded me of Pegasus. The story was written like a fairytale and I think the point of view that was chosen, wasn't the best for this story, mostly it felt told and not shown and this is my main issue with this. I didn't connect to the characters at all, they felt
distant and not fully developed.
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Less Than 3 Press
3 Pants Off
Thaniel has been chosen for the sacrifice that will renew the lands and bring sorely needed rain, and it is a duty he has always accepted. On his last day he ventures out to enjoy those things he loves and finds final resolve in all that he enjoys. But that resolve is tested in the moment when he must say goodbye to his dearest friend …
The story is good, but lacks details, same with the world building. The reason behind the sacrifices are not sufficiently clear to me, for one. Also how does the phoenix appear in this kingdom? What about other places, does every nation have to do this sacrifice ritual? Thaniel and Blaise are both not really fleshed out as characters, but I liked Thaniel non the less, he had potential but at the end he goes with Blaise and I felt like I only witnessed the end of a story and was missing the biggest chunk of it.
On the plus side, I wanted to read that part, I wanted to see how both young men fell in love or at least come to care so deeply for each other. It's also well written and the characters have potential. I think I'm going to try something longer by this author, to see if they make good on some of the promising aspects in this story.