Monday, September 5, 2016

Branding of a Heretic


About the Author:
(Taken from Amazon)

Kal S. Davian grew up in Wisconsin's Fox Cities surrounded by science fiction and fantasy stories. He spent much of his life designing and fiddling with his ideas. With a love of books and a desire to create, writing was the most achievable method with which to share his works. Most of his time is spent taking care of his family or developing his life's work, Nihilian Effect.

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Claradina is a calm and collected historical scholar, that is until she stumbles upon information in a recently uncovered document that could change the world forever. With the collective Mind standing in her way, she must gain allies and bend the rules if she is ever going to expose the truth behind the history.


I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a pretty good read.  The characters are fascinating and interesting.  The biggest issue that I had with this was the plot.  While the plot was simple and straightforward (a document had been found which goes against what everyone believes), I don't think there was enough set up to show this world as a dystopian, where people cannot hold their own beliefs... they have to believe what The Mind and everyone else believes.  In saying this, by the end I fully understood what Claradina had at stake by bringing this document to The Mind.  But, by the end is too late.  I missed out of feeling the apprehension of the situation.

There was also the sudden addition of a major character near the end.  I'm still not sure who Sanaiya really is or what stakes she holds in this world.  She did heighten the tension quite a bit, I only wish I had a better understanding of how she fits into the world.

Overall, I'm glad I read it and will continue to look for other works by this author.  While I had my issues with this novella, the writing and the characters really pushed me to want to know more.

To find out more about this novel, please visit Amazon.

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