The City of the Mirage
Books to Go Now
About the Book:
Astarte is feared, not loved by her people – she is the Destroyer of Worlds. She is served by a legion of shield maidens. These cruel warriors are feared by all. They commit all manner of atrocities, such as impalement.
The people of her empire are also terrorized by the Beast Men. They are the offspring of members of an alien race and the daughters of men. They feed on human flesh.
In an interesting concept, the author has dropped a man from now into the myths and legends of the desert. Narrated as a first person, there were sections where I would have preferred more description and less step-by-step narration. Unfortunately, what I saw as an overuse of that technique, the description of place often got lost as the narration was more geared to the action and not the location. During the battle scenes however, the narration was crisp, clean and full of action. The little pieces of legend were introduced in such a way as to eventually become a more coherent view of the whole, but sadly this book did not engage me in the way I had hoped it would . Part of this disconnect was directly tied to the story, but I did miss a great deal in the author not fully defining and describing the world and the treasures encountered within.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review as part of the Indie Authors Rock promotion for I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I gave The City of the Mirage 3 out of 5 stars.
About the Author:
Jerome Brooke lives in the Kingdom of Siam. He is a retired attorney. He served as City Attorney for Ellettsville, Indiana. He has written The City of the Mirage (Books to Go Now) and many other books.