1 out of 4 stars
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The Sins of a Master Race by Matthew Tysz is fantasy fiction. The novel juxtaposes the modern world with the fantasy world of Interstate. It starts with the scene of Aurora and Defury confronting a handsome god, Alden, sitting on a throne of leaves. They come from a mysterious prison called, Anima Mea. Both Aurora and Defury manage to kill Alden, as they aim to kill all the beneficiaries of the prison. The novel then takes a diversion to tell the story of Interstate and its ruler, the Grandmaster, also known as Scholar. The stories of Interstate, Cattleprod and Sojourn are interwoven to tell a story of mystery and war. The tales of loyalty, friendship and leadership are told.
The theme of the novel revolves around fantasy and war. The story only ever deviates from these themes to concern itself with issues such as friendship, as that between Ashley and Grandmaster. However, after the first chapter, the novel moves away from that story to focus on the city of Interstate and its affairs. The plot loses direction and then disintegrates into the tales of minute details regarding Interstate. The action described in the novel is detailed and interesting. The sense of mystery is deliberately slowed down as the author intends to prolong the sense of unknown. The sense of mystery collapses as the narration fails to be compact and interesting.
The characters are vague. There is not enough context behind any particular character so that the reader can invest in its development. The novel fails to build any one character to properly build the novel around it. Even the setting is vague. The city of Interstate appears to have an interesting history but nothing concrete is ever described. Characters, such as that of the Grandmaster and Ashley appear to be interesting only on the surface level. They are never properly built.
The most likeable aspect of the novel is the fact that it presents a beautiful juxtaposition of the fantasy and the real. This helps in relating the fantastical aspects of the novel, once they are presented. However, the narration of the novel lets everything down, and this becomes the most dislikable aspect of the novel. Matthew Tysz presents a very imaginative world but his storytelling lets the novel down.
I rate The Sins of a Master Race by Matthew Tysz 1 out of 4 stars. The novel had potential. There were spots inside the novel that seemed really fun and intriguing, however, they were few and far between. They fail to count as anything significant. The world presented inside the novel is one filled with mystery but no other aspect of the novel manages to back it up. The novel has no grammatical or editorial errors, which is commendable. The novel is recommended to avid fantasy fiction lovers, however, the complicated narration and plot might pose a difficulty in enjoying the novel.
The Sins of a Master Race
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