Sunday, June 24, 2012

ScorpionScorpion by Aleksandr Voinov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ebook, 242 pages
Published May 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 161581860X (ISBN13: 9781615818600)
Edition Language English

Voinov created this rather small, compact world with huge outer fringes. He brought big concepts down to a tightly woven story that led me along an unexpected path. Once I got started on that path, I couldn't stop.

"Hatred had blossomed from the vine of contempt in his heart, flowers of dark, grim splendor."

Voinov's character development once again, shined through. The story has a war torn grittiness that still allowed for characters that were complex, rich and worthy. The main character, Kendras, has an innocent simplicity which allows the reader to look upon a manipulative, political environment from a very vulnerable viewpoint. However, the MC has an iron will and inner strength that is fascinating to watch develop. Brilliant!

"It was easier being strong when another man was strong enough to be weak."

There was a point in the story where I was gripping my kindle so tightly I'm surprised that I didn't break it. That may not sound like an endorsement for reading but it certainly is. I was so absorbed in the story that I was bodily in the other world. That folks, is precisely why I read and it takes quite a storyteller to get me there.

I very much appreciate the strength of Voinov's writing. He has a way of weaving layer upon layer of engrossing plot, conflict and conclusion that just builds and builds and never lets go. Not even, long after I have finished reading.

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