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I tried very hard to like this book. But, ultimately, it did not speak to me at all. I didn't connect with any of the characters (there are too many of them and their names are strange and there really isn't much difference between them other than A is a bad guy and B is a good guy and C is apparently female). I say apparently because there is no content/description that would lead a reader to know which characters are female (other than, of course, being told that they are).
The concept was interesting - I liked the origins of the dragons, and what they're up against. And it was believable how humankind united (or not) to defeat the demons, and what would happen within the communities, etc. So the problem was not with the world building as much as it was with the... language...
People don't walk downhill in this book, they "follow a declination". People don't look like they're sorry, they look "suitably reproved"... and the actions are written like this: they "deposited a voluminous woven basket filled with guts that were well on their way to unbearable fragrancy given the relentless heat"
It could be that I'm used to reading to-the-point/action novels where, if someone is dumping a stinking rotten bag of guts at my feet, that's how I want to see it written.
It could also be that I didn't like the narrator. His pacing was cumbersome and there was little differentiation between the characters. Some sections were narrated in such a slow methodical pace that I think it hurt any tension-building the author was aiming for. There is no swearing, sex or gore.
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3.25 out of 5 stars
The narration for this is interesting. I won't say bad because I've heard bad narration before. But the performance was great at times and left something to be wanted at others. Henry McNulty has a deep and harrowing voice which works for parts of this, but for others, it just felt too deep and dark. The production quality was great, though. I didn't notice any issues.
When I first saw this book, I had my doubts. I'm not a huge fantasy fan. Honestly, I usually dislike it (other than player Elder Scrolls, and even then I barely use magic). When I was reading the description of the book, I had one thought. This is different. Different can be good, and different can be really bad. But, Banshee was kind of in the middle.
Sure, this is a post-apocalyptic book. But it's also a fantasy book with dragons in it. And not "these things were mutated from x-and-y" dragons. But real, "I must believe in you" dragons. My inner voice had a really hard time with this. But, if you enjoy that sort of thing then this review is not for you, but I'd bet this book is.
As a post-apocalyptic book, it was pretty good. I would give it a 4 out of 5 just based solely on that. As a fantasy book, I don't even know how to rate it. It's just not my genre.
Maggert's style of writing is real... proper. It made this book feel a little long winded at times. But overall, the dark and ominous tone mixed with the language used left me wanting a little more. Readers who are looking for "real" post-apocalyptic descriptions and reactions will be a little disappointed.
I'm not usually one to point out the shortcomings of novels, but I just had to warn people that are looking at this from a purely P-A standpoint, you might want to move on. If you enjoy dragons and post-apocalyptic novels, then this book is definitely for you.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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