Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fantasy Review: Thread Slivers (Golden Threads Trilogy #1) by Leeland Artra

Thread Slivers (Golden Threads Trilogy #1)
by Leeland Artra

She craves fame. He wants freedom. When their worlds crumble, even survival may not be an option.

The world is driven by wizards, gods, and an imperial space marine 20,000 years into our future. Fame-hungry female mercenary Ticca is willing to skirt the edges of her warrior's code if it brings her the fame she desires. Her hopes of making a name for herself by spying on assassins are dashed when she's forced to kill the assassin she was hired to watch.

Lebuin is a rich journeyman mage who's just discovered his new rank involves actual journeying. He hires Ticca to help him advance to master and return to a life of comfort as quickly as possible. He's willing to spend all he has to make it happen, but the mage and his mercenary get much more than they bargained for.

Trapped in the crossfire of a vast power game, Ticca and Lebuin must survive a battle between rulers, guilds, and gods. In a land of magic and technology, they'll need to give everything to keep the world and themselves in one piece.

Thread Slivers is the first book in an epic fantasy/speculative sci-fi trilogy set in a distant future. If you like heroic, humorous, and exotic characters in a world that mixes elements of paranormal and hard sci-fi, then you'll love this beautiful, original, and thought-provoking adventure.

My Review:
I have mixed feelings about this book. I’ve been looking forward to it for some time, seen the promo posts about it being a #1 best seller, followed the author for a while, and was pleased to get the opportunity to receive a free promo copy of book one.

With all that hype, I thought this would be a fantastic book on par with the fantasy greats. Well, the story is interesting enough, exciting and full of cool magic and quirky and dangerous characters, one of which was quite a surprise. Even the cliffhanger was a delightful shock and not too bad as the next book is already out. So, for that, I must say I enjoyed the book.

However, I did say mixed feelings and this is why. The thing reads rough with choppy sentences and punctuation (or lack thereof). Another thing I didn’t like was how character bios and private thoughts just barge into the story, kicking you right out of the action. Just overall, I thought this could go through some more edits specifically to smooth out the delivery of the otherwise great story.

Overall, I really liked this book, but I feel like it needs more work to really earn the hype it claims. I think folks who enjoy action-packed fantasy will really dig this book. The rough edges could be smoothed, but the story itself is excellent.

I obtained a free copy of this book by signing up for a short-term email newsletter. If you follow the author on Facebook, I think you’ll run across the invite for this from time to time.

Discover this and more of Leeland Artra's books on his Amazon Author Profile.

About the Author:
I live in the Emerald City (Seattle, Washington) with my amazingly-patient wife and idea-inspiring son. The first half of my life was "wasted" (as my mother said once) avidly reading science-fiction/fantasy and role playing. I'm still trying to improve that statistic. Weekdays I work as a software engineer (which I call being a code janitor) and I try to avoid TV in the evenings by writing more books. In short, by day, I help improve people's lives and, at night, I help people take fantastic trips of the imagination. Helping people have happier lives appeals to the Dagger in my soul. The symmetry of my work appeals to the Navy-trained computer scientist in me. If you like Fantasy, Science-Fiction, and RPGs feel free to drop me a note I'd love to hear from you.

Author Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LArtra
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Leeland-Artra/e/B00B87A5EU/