My thoughts on Death’s Keep…
It was the book’s title and blurb that attracted me to Death’s Keep, and upon turning to the first page I wasn’t disappointed. There is a very brief prologue, which I didn’t feel aided the story in any way, but the first chapter did a great job of hauling me into the story.
Death’s Keep is quick to orientate the reader with Kartos, the regulations the residents live by and the hardship experienced. As early as page one, scene descriptions and character introductions introduce the reader to Lokk, engaging in what he does best. Everything is told from the protagonist’s perspective, guiding the reader into the story at a steady pace. The telling of backstory is subtle, and at no time did I feel overwhelmed with information, despite there being a variety of people and places. Each paragraph moves the story forward, and there is a good balance of action, internal thoughts and descriptions.
Lokk is a likable and well developed character, a feeling I found strengthened as the story progressed. Without giving any of the story away, I did find some of the scenes quite vivid (I missed the ‘horror‘ part when grabbing the sample). It is a dark story, and a very good read, with an ample supply of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.
The writing is of a high standard and has been very well edited. The narrative voice entices the reader to engage with the story. The level of foreshadowing in Death’s Keep is very good and I able to work out where the story was going just prior to it being revealed. [spoiler]There was one sudden surprise the reader wasn’t prepared for, but it didn’t spoil the book as a whole.[/spoiler]
Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. I read beyond the sample length and fully intend to buy the second book – Sons of Stone