Title: 1001 Islands
Author: K. T. Munson
Date: July 27, 2015
The sliver of moonlight cast eerie shadows across the deck of The Dark Revenge. The Silence at the helm stood embracing the obscurity. His foreboding presence matched the anticipation aboard the ship, and no one spoke for fear they would break the stillness that encompassed them.
Tonight, everything changed.
The Dark Revenge gained on the Regatta. The raiders said nothing but he could hear the shuffle of taut female clothing and the tension in the air. It hadn’t sensed their existence, and drifted like heedless prey. Princess Roxana slept, unsuspecting of what was hunting her in the inky blackness of the night.
There was only one thing on the minds of The Silence’s crew as they drew near; Hang the Kings, Crown the People.
My opinion of this book changed throughout the reading. At first I didn’t care for it simply because each of the beginning chapters focussed on a different character/situation. I figured they would all come together eventually, but I still found it confusing. I didn’t like the feeling that I need to be taking notes to keep everyone straight.
However, when the plots did come together, it was wonderful. I really liked all of the “good guys” and the “bad guys” all came to a bad end (pun intended). The female characters were strong even if they had been taught they were not supposed to be. The male characters were also strong, but not obnoxious with it. At least, the good guys weren’t.
There was a plot twist in the character’s roles that I did not see coming and I really appreciated. It made perfect sense once it became apparent, but I was totally blindsided up until the reveal.
It’s hard to define the genre. It’s definitely science fiction because it takes place on another planet . . . or is it just another world, one where witches and elementals exist which would make it fantasy? It’s almost historical because of the methods of travel and way of life of the characters. It is definitely an adventure novel (there are pirates after all) with a little bit of romance thrown in.
Like I said, it’s hard to define.
What it is though is good. I enjoyed reading it. I liked the protagonists. I like the way the plot worked out for everyone.
But, . . .
the ending is abrupt . . .
and the author acknowledges that in the notes. She said there is a possibility of further adventures which is all well and good,
but . . .
I don’t like to be left hanging and it reduced my enjoyment of the book.
Read it. The ending is not a cliffhanger; it just doesn’t go far enough to suit me.
This book was sent to me by the author in return for an honest review.