Sunday, 22 July 2012

A Fantasy to Watch: A Review of the Watchtower

My Book Review of The Watchtower:

I was pleasantly surprised reading The Watchtower by Darke Conteur.  I expected a reasonably interesting fantasy novel, a short and quick, agreeable read.  What I got was a highly crafted, delightfully intricate book, entangled in a dark and a fascinating fantasy world populated with captivating characters.

The book starts with the character of Martin Cunningham, who is looking for a job and getting a bit desperate.  This job urgency is what brings him to Terin Global, a not-at-all typical place of employment.  Once hired, he slowly gets dragged into a dangerous and strange world.

One of the best aspects of the book is Martin’s point-of-view, which goes from, “okay these guys are quirky” to “I can’t believe this is happening” without ever seeming forced or out of step.  As a reader, you identify with Martin and are drawn into the story as he is wrenched from his comfortable beliefs and faced with another reality.

The plot is fast-paced, but never sacrifices continuity or believability in favour of keeping the action moving.  The reader receives just enough explanation and back-story to construct the fantasy, without breaking the authenticity of the real world setting.  The Watchtower is a first-rate urban fantasy and I highly recommend it.

The Watchtower is available at:  Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, and B&N Nook 


Jean Oram said...

I loved it too. I am reading book 3 right now and it's keeping me up at night. I can't put it down!

A. F. Stewart said...

Yes, I'm anxious to read the other two myself.

Anonymous said...

My apologies, I meant to do this earlier. I want to thank you so much for the wonderful review. It really made my day.


A. F. Stewart said...

You're welcome. Sorry it's a bit later than I promised.

Anonymous said...

No need to apologize. Book bloggers are busy people. :)

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