Enemy: A Dark Fantasy Novel

Enemy A Dark Fantasy Novel The Illhari Republic rests on the bones of gods telling tales of conquest and forgetting its once bloody devotion to its most powerful goddess Snowdenaelikk half blood conjuror and smuggler cares l

  • Title: Enemy: A Dark Fantasy Novel
  • Author: K. Eason
  • ISBN: 9781503934498
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Illhari Republic rests on the bones of gods, telling tales of conquest and forgetting its once bloody devotion to its most powerful goddess Snowdenaelikk, half blood conjuror and smuggler, cares less about history than the silver she can win with sharp metal and sharper wits But when the local legion blames her for burning a village, an outlander with a sense of honoThe Illhari Republic rests on the bones of gods, telling tales of conquest and forgetting its once bloody devotion to its most powerful goddess Snowdenaelikk, half blood conjuror and smuggler, cares less about history than the silver she can win with sharp metal and sharper wits But when the local legion blames her for burning a village, an outlander with a sense of honor intervenes, and Snow finds herself tangled in politics and an unwelcome partnership.Snow and her new partner, Veiko, together with the legion scout Dekklis, uncover a conspiracy that will destroy the Republic from within It seems that the goddess is back from wherever dead gods go She has not forgotten the Republic, and she wants revenge.Loyal Dekklis will do anything to save the Republic, and Snow reluctantly agrees to help until she realizes that anything means sacrificing Veiko Now Snow must decide whether her partner s life is worth betraying her allies and damning the Republic to war.

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    1. I went back and forth on one or two stars for this book, and settled on two. Eason's novel has a phenomenal story inside it, but it's buried under hackneyed writing tricks and a teenager's need for attention. There were moments when I was reading that I felt this was one of the best books I've read this year, and then she'd ruin it with another broken-line-italicized-thoughtword thing.You would think Eason waschannelingwriting a book she hoped would be loved as edgy and hipster by forcing fancy [...]

    2. I've already preordered book two, which comes out in mid-July. I will probably drop whatever else I'm reading to get to that as soon as it's on my kindle.Let's just talk about the main protagonist of a fantasy novel being a woman of color. That's amazing! The main culture we see throughout the story are people of color in a matriarchal society. That's unbelievable!!I really loved the flavor of this story. So many scenes take place in the winter or during snowfalls. There's a viking sort of chara [...]

    3. This is the real stuff- characters driven by interior lives that somehow manage to spring from something more than gonads and the weighty concerns of permanently-teenaged angst; a fully-realized world in which those characters move, and a compelling ambivalence about binary notions like "right vs. wrong" and "living vs. dead." Like the fantasy books that absorbed us and transported us when we first encountered High Genre, Enemy asks us to invest fully in its rhythms and terrain, and rewards us-- [...]

    4. Well, shit. I think this is the first genuinely *good* book I've gotten via Kindle First. Also most of the main characters are Black. And women. Whaaaaaaat. Content notes: violence, human sacrifice, rape (not narrated; we find out after the fact), animal torture as back story, racism, sexism

    5. This is the best debut fantasy I've read sincence I don't even know when. A few years, at least. It's got the rich world building of Kameron Hurley crossed with something grittier -- like maybe a Mark Lawrence. It's written in a big, complex world with competing cultures and a great backstory, but the author doesn't overwhelm you with it. It comes out naturally as the story moves forward. The pace is outstanding. Not breakneck, can't put it down, but constantly pulling you forward, making you wa [...]

    6. I picked this book up on Kindle First and liked it a lot. It might not be the best fantasy fiction ever written, but it was a solid showing. I will definitely pick up Book 2 when it's available. I'm looking forward to continuing the adventure.It takes a minute to warm up to the characters and to the author's writing style. The book is action-packed, with the story tumbling from one misadventure to the next without any break. There's never a dull moment. So much so, that I was wondering if these [...]

    7. 3.5 starsNot bad - really enjoyed some elements, others not so much. There was definitely something that kept me reading this straight through - the storyline in general was pretty interesting and I liked learning about the world and the characters, but I wasn't so keen on the "rival gods" part. Something that really bugged me all the way through too was the way the characters spoke sometimes, it seemed out of keeping with the world, especially as there was one phrase all of them kept saying des [...]

    8. The story was good, the characters were interesting, the world was well thought out. But the writing! The sentences were horribly choppy and even when you would get a good chunk of exposition the author uses this device where the character is thinking something and then a replacement word pops up all by itself breaking the paragraph and flow. So annoying and gimmicky. A real shame because it took away from my enjoyment of the story.

    9. One of the best offerings I've gotten from Kindle First, for sure. However, it's definitely a book handled best in a long sit-down: the style tends towards stream-of-consciousness, with alternate interpretations of a situation or observation cutting into sentences. It works, but it's definitely something best handled by getting into a rhythm. It makes events and motivations a little harder to follow in short readings.The world built here is similar: it's a cold, disjointed society that straddles [...]

    10. This is a different kind of fantasy novel - thankfully. It wasn't an easy one, either. The multiple POVs the story was initially told from were difficult for me to track at first, and the early death toll had me wondering who were actually going to be the protagonists the story would follow. It all makes sense in the end though. Admittedly, it also took me a bit to become acclimated to this world as there were many early references to things not yet known or explained. Referenced events such as [...]

    11. A SIMPLE MAN'S REVIEW:I usually don't read fantasy because often in an attempt to differentiate the fantasy world from our own, the author uses strange names for people, places, and everyday items. I understand why they do this, but it can also act as a barrier to the reader getting engrossed in the story because there is a whole new level of information to keep track of. This book starts out in that fashion, and it takes a bit of time for the story to fall into a main group of characters with a [...]

    12. I'm always on the hunt for breakout first novels and this was a fantastic start! Very rarely do I think of the words intelligent, complex and readable all coming together in a first novel. The style took a few pages to get into, but each character has a unique cultural voice. Speaking of cultures, it's refreshing to read a fantasy novel with such solid world building. One of the main characters comes from a hunter-gatherer society that communes with ghosts. Another character uses magic and wield [...]

    13. Every once in a while you run across a fantasy which rates higher than the five star system allows. This is one of those books.The characters are well developed, both major and supporting. The characters are split evenly between male and female. You get to see both their strengths and their weaknesses, their loyalties and idiosyncrasies. What happens when you mix a budding noidghe (necromancer) with midlevel conjurer, up against a mortal empire of humanity, and a couple of banished gods? This wo [...]

    14. very easy read with the colloquial writing style, which I typically don't like. I think it's something you have to commit to 100% or it doesn't work, and in this case it really keeps the place moving very fast . not a lot of background, you are dropped into a world that you learn about via characters various opinions of their surroundings. I can't say I loved the world itself, seemed a rather bleak place to live. I did love the pets and the incorporation of Gods. I feel it would be difficult to [...]

    15. I really tried to give this a go,but found it was quite hard to get into.I could not seem to get used to the writing style.It had a good premise,but not for me.

    16. Enemy is a monster of a book, it is deceptively incredibly confusing, I feel that much of this can be attributed to the writing style, as much as I loved it, it made the book very hard to follow in places, especially when the point of view of the story shifted, I was often lost and was forced to re-read. While I did find that this was annoying, some of those thoughts above are due to my personal nature when it comes to reading, I feel that my gripes could have been fixed with a glossary, but I'm [...]

    17. Very original and intriguing BME-led fantasy How refreshing to read a fantasy novel with such a diverse range of characters and such a focus on a female dominated society. The more the history revealed itself the more enthralled I became. The use of street style slang, drugs and other familiar concepts from our own world made this fantasy mixing off Romans, Celts and Vikings if they were majority black a real treat to get lost in.Only complaints would be the overuse of 'yeah' in dialogue which b [...]

    18. The story is good. The writing is great.Okay, this genre is not one of my usual stomping grounds, but I was looking for something new and this author definitely delivered that. The story was interesting and the characters engaging, but it was the writing style that carried me through and made me want to read every word. The style was unique, in my experience. It didn't feel like I was reading prose. It felt like tive poetry: quick, sharp, precise, perfect. Looking forward to seeing more from K. [...]

    19. I read this wonderful book from amazon's prime free reads list.It has an interesting background for the world. Which is based on a reversed gender role kind of society. Meaning it is entirely Matriarchal. For example women are generals and typically the officers in armies. Of course that means they will be the leaders in the government too, which has a Roman Republic/Senate kind of thing going on.Don't think that means the book is trying to send some kind of message about sexism though, that's n [...]

    20. Rather original story.Rather well written book with a rather original story to tell.I recommend this book to fans of high fantasy.

    21. Non-romantic partnerships, matriarchy, god involvement, and a lot of very vivid, strong, and easy language. I didn't think I could love this book any more.

    22. Love the authors writing style!Took a while to get used to the structure and meter. But after I got used to it - I think it really opened the doors for some great creative expression.

    23. This was a surprisingly good book (I have been less impressed with other Kindle First Picks). I truly enjoyed it's uniqueness and found it a refreshing (and very welcome) break from the pile of near carbon copy books I have encountered recently. The writing style of Enemy is slightly atypical, which I loved, but the story itself is not so varied from other fantasy novels as to be unrecognizable. On the contrary, it tells of a small group of characters who are thrown together by circumstance and [...]

    24. A rather good fantasy story buried beneath extremely alienating writing. Glancing through the other reviews I see that I am not alone in this opinion.I am all for characters having a unique voice when they come from different backgrounds/cultures. But when that voice takes a form I would more readily associate with a whiny teenager, it becomes distracting, yeah? Takes me out of the flow of the story, yeah? Makes me want to put the book down if a character says "Yeah" again, yeah?Were it just one [...]

    25. Kat Eason's "Enemy" is a first novel in her "On the Bones of Gods" series, with a focused prose, excellent characterization, and particularly strong world building. The cultures in the book have historical precedent which I won't spoil, save to say it lays down a familiarity with the world that allows her to play with its culture and magic while giving it a gritty, realistic feel. This world's a matriarchal society. The novel is a familiar read, aligned with others in the fantasy genre where gen [...]

    26. This book started out as a bit of a slog, as I couldn't really get into the characters, but ended on a pretty good note. I'd say it started as a 2 and ended as a 4, so I'm averaging it out to a 3 with a strong possibility that I'll buy the next book. And really, since I got it for free from Kindle First, I can't complain about a 3 star read.This is a fantasy book with a setting that feels inspired by Rome and Vikings -- the cultures and possibly the TV shows of the same names. There's a moderate [...]

    27. This book is a bit of a mixed bag. Eason follows the modern route of trying to avoid 'chosen ones', quests, wise old wizards and the rest of the cliches. Unfortunately, there isn't really anything brought in to replace them. There's no sense of time, no urgency in the novel, and to me seemed like absolutely no level of threat to the main characters at any point.Having read Erikson, Bakker, Abercrombie, it just felt like Eason was trying to pull something off which was a bit out of their league a [...]

    28. Not so fun fact: the word "yeah" is used 345 times in 348 pages.Rating this was extremely difficult for me. I found the story and characters engaging and interesting and I really care about the characters but the author has some truly bad habits she needs to break. First and foremost the unnecessary line breaks. I understand how she was using them but they were used to excess and any and all impact they may have had, used appropriately, was destroyed by the frequency. Sometimes pages would have [...]

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