4 out of 4 stars
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The King of May by Matthew Tyzs is a novel about post-apocalyptic America. Certain empowered individuals took it upon themselves to apportion and govern the remaining surviving colonies. It was not exactly that the planet was nuked. But maybe it was far much worse for portions of America, or of the planet itself, was torn off along the edges of what remained as the habitable world. The sky could be seen down below, now with weird weather pattern and coloration.
Technology was well developed during these times. Psychic development had reached epic heights. There arose from among men gods capable of controlling specific natural phenomena or did so by their whims, at times in pursuit of horrific ends. The king of May was one such god, and having the control of light and darkness, he wields the power for much mischief. And so, Cattleprod, the lord of one colony wanted this god and others like him killed. The gods, it turned out, were not immune to death despite their powers, and were of such frailty that they can’t cure themselves. The king of May, for instance, is afflicted by a skin disorder that manifested in flaps of diseased skins hanging by his jaw, while another god had Down’s syndrome. It was in the midst of this scenario that two heroes emerged, assassins actually. They were Ashley, a Manhattan stud, and Scholar, a graduate of Sniper’s Institute for Mercenary Operations. To their credit, they had already killed two gods and counting.
I was hooked at the very start by the mystery permeating the novel. Added to this, the distinct humor of Matthew Tyzs shows pleasantly here which seems somewhat ironic and satirical, while bordering on the sardonic. He always creates a maelstrom to suck the protagonists in. He depicted the gods very much like ordinary human beings, with interests to safeguard, albeit in conflict with that of the other gods. Now, imagine yourself a god of plants, and your wife, the god of storms. Won’t that brew trouble in Paradise? Would you hire an assassin to stop her from doing more shenanigans?
I am amazed at the extent of the author’s imaginative power in creating a cataclysmic world order in the wake of an event short of a polar shift. Should the natural earthly processes turn haywire due to the unlikely tinkering by individuals who acquired godlike powers, how would the common mind, not privy to a smidgen of technology or spiritual power, respond to the crisis? These are interesting hypothetical scenarios delved into by the novel.
What I did not like a bit is the portrayal of the king of May. The viciousness of the character transcends evil and depravity. During the time of the gallant knights, a fallen adversary may still be accorded honors due a worthy opponent. In yet still, distant time, if it so happens that you fight a cannibalistic foe, and you lose, he might eat you – still a natural process, beast of prey do it. But with the king of May, you could be conquered and ravaged. This decimates flesh and spirit altogether.
I would recommend this novel to those who love fantasy stories. It is well edited and an engrossing read. It deserves a rating of 4 out of 4 stars.
The King of May
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