AFTERLIFE by Daniel Ionson
I received a free eBook copy of AFTERLIFE from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This is a Fantasy novel. I have found that generally these type of novels fall into three categories: Good books, horrible books or truly amazing books. This one falls into the latter category. It is AN AMAZING READ.
Unique is a word that is thrown around quite often in book reviews. However, there are not many books that are truly unique. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but when a reader does come across a book that actually earns the title of “Unique” it is a rare and rewarding occasion. AFTERLIFE is just such a book.
The author has created a vivid and richly imagined world. The details of which are thoroughly thought out. He has created an entire civilization with separate countries and religions. Each region has it’s own distinct past and is governed in it’s own unique way. As J.R.R. Tolkein did in “Lord of the Rings” the world in AFTERLIFE is so vivid that the reader can easily picture it’s existence.
The story begins with Kaemen standing amongst the butchered bodies of a farmer and his family. The father and his three adult sons had been “ridden down and hacked with sword and axe.”
Kaemen is a “Wolfhound” under the authority of his cousin, Captain Dagoran.
So far, they have discovered twenty three people killed by Nalforian raiders. These atrocities have been happening for the past five years and the pattern was always the same. The raiders killed the men and took the women and children captive to be sold into slavery and bondage. The Wolfhounds are fed up and frustrated. Their King, Jeramnus, has no idea what to do.
Just when the reader thinks they know what direction this book is going in, there is a massive twist in the plot.
When Kaemen and some others awake, they find that they are in a strange land. Even the sky is different then what they are used to. Where are they? What is happening to them? And, why?
Once again, the reader believes they now know how that twist came about and what direction the story will take. Then… It happens again. Another plot twist that will shock and thrill readers arises.
I absolutely love the fact that this book was so complex and unique. Readers who enjoy the fantasy genre will want to read this book.
I give this book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
If you want to know more about the author of AFTER LIFE, you can visit his website at http://www.danielionson.com