Overall review: (4.25 / 5)
Abomination is a intricate tale of two troubled spirits both in desperate struggles against a merciless occupying army, class and gender biases. hordes of man eating horrors and overwhelming inner demons. Set in 9th century England during the reign of Alfred the Great, it begins as a classic monster(s) hunt by noble and less than noble knights, then it becomes something much more meaningful and rewarding.
The two protagonists, Wulfric and Indra, both are believable as typical characters in a fantasy novel but still complex enough to be interesting. And while there is some one-dimensionality in their roles as warriors, it is forgivable, because they have such tangled interior conflicts.
What I found I liked best about the book though was its unexpected message of the true meaning of compassion and forgiveness. Not something you usually expect to find in a fantasy/horror book. It made for an interesting and satisfying read.
The author, Gary Whitta, is best known as a screenwriter. He has many notable credits to his name, including the original screenplay for The Book of Eli, the major feature film starring Denzel Washington and Mila Kunis. So, as could be expected, Abomination’s dialog was strong and amusing at times, I just wish there had been more of it.
Whitta’s writing style put me in mind of Ken Follett’s popular work, The Pillars of the Earth. The story line was fresh and interesting, with enough plot twists to keep me up reading late into the night. The readability (editing) was excellent – I only found one problem – a missed period. There might have been other problems but it wasn’t enough to make me stumble while reading. What a treat!
The cover art, done by Jason Gurley, is outstanding, that accurately reflects the story line and draws in the reader.
The book did lack in the worldbuilding aspect – I would have liked to have seen richer descriptions of England during this period, and those lack of details made the visualization of the story backdrop a bit on the muddy side.
All in all an excellent effort for a first novel.
|Story Line:||(5 / 5)|
|Characterization:||(4 / 5)|
|Readability:||(5 / 5)|
|Writing Craft:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Cover Art:||(5 / 5)|
|Worldbuilding:||(3 / 5)|
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