By: Moses Siregar III
This is a review of the Kindle novella version of The Black God’s War, which I read on my smart phone, so I won’t be discussing the typesetting, or formatting of the book at all. (Not that I usually do that for paper books, either.)
It used to be that if you read a self-published bit of fiction, you got something that was unpolished, likely unedited, and just all around not worth reading. Now, with the advances that have been made in self-publishing and it’s growing popularity among new and established authors, you’re more likely to stumble upon something worth reading. That’s exactly what happened with this novella.
It’s meant as an introduction/teaser for the full length novel that is to be released sometime later this year, and you can tell that. The plot carries along just fine, but the ending makes it very obvious that there is something more to it. Knowing that it was a part of something larger to begin with made this a bit of a softer blow, but I can see where someone who didn’t know that would feel like the story had an abrupt and unsatisfying ending. I think Siregar does a good job, between the addition to the title of the novella and in the introduction, of disclaiming the larger nature of the story, there are those who don’t read the electronic title or the introduction.
The writing is very good. The dialogue moves along nicely and also moves the plot along. There is very little wasted speech, unlike some who tend to have paragraph after paragraph of dialogue whose only purpose seem to be to give the reader some little nugget about the character who dies on the next page. (Ok, that’s a bit dramatized, but you get the point.) The story itself is good. I’ll be honest and say that it isn’t the most unique setup that I’ve ever seen, but, then how many of them really are. The way that he melds the Gods and the world together is well done, and I think it will be enhanced by the extra ability of a full novel.
This is one that I’ll be looking for when it is released. The novella is enough of a taste of the world, the characters, and the quality writing, to make me want to find out what happens.
The Kindle version of this is, as of this writing, currently priced at the low-low price of free, so go pick it up if you have a Kindle!