Review of Book 1 – The Child-Stealers
The Child-Stealers is the story of a young man named Boon’s search for his sister who has been kidnapped by slavers. The plot gives us no surprises but it’s solidly constructed and well-paced. The Cursed Ground Series of which this is book one is set in a medieval fantasy world, which the author builds well. I quickly got a feel for it and for the central characters, who are realistic and likeable.
The book is a solid story, well-crafted, and undoubtably deserves Awesome Indies approval, but it’s very simple with no sub themes or secondary story lines. I would have liked to have seen more depth and complexity. 3.5 stars.
Review of Book 2 – Children of the Keeper
Though this is the second in the Cursed Ground Series, the central characters are not ones we’ve met before. This is a completely separate book and does not require the reader to have read book one. What links them is the world they share and the growing violence that threatens their previously peaceful existence.
The story is about Temper and her brother, Victor, captains on a city security squad, and their endeavours to locate a thief and keep the peace in the City of Wit when political, racial and religious unrest begins to unsettle the residents.
Like the first book, it’s solidly crafted and edited, and has a well-constructed plot and good characterisation, but is not particularly exciting in its treatment. The plot is more complex and less obvious, which is a welcome development, and though it doesn’t lag, it needs a bit more zing and a deeper theme development. Nevertheless it deserves Awesome Indies approval. 3.5 stars.