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Series: The Citadels #1
Author: Ed Gentry
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
An Elite Military Force and a Mercenary Company investigate why a Fortress in the south has gone silent.
What ensues is a story of greed, betrayal and megalomania.
This “series” is linked only by an idea, much like the Rogue series I am also reading in the Forgotten Realms. Standalone novels really, but to be honest, I need that sometimes.
However, this is your atypical “write to pay the electric bill” kind of book. The 2 “main” characters [one from the Elites, one from the Mercenaries] are dumb as dirt, nearly spineless and shrug off near fatal wounds like they are paper cuts. I realize there is magical healing in the FR books, but you do NOT get shot in the thigh with a crossbow bolt and then just go tearing around the top of a fortress running down all the badguys.
I really liked the Fortress itself. Sadly, it falls to the writers ineptness and does not live up to its name of Neversfall. As far as I can tell, it falls to various factions at least 4-5 times.
A lot of complaining; but competently written in the grammar department and with all the indie crap floating in the Literary Toilet these days, that in and of itself sets it high enough. The general bar has been lowered sadly.