3 out of 4 stars
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This story is narrated from the viewpoint of Andreas Marset an Aparthian Legionary, enlisted in the army of the Iberian empire. As the story unfolds Andreas is accused of adultery and is sent for interrogation at the Iberian Palace. He is released and told that he would be recalled again soon. “While” he is still under investigation Andreas Marset encounters a very beautiful woman by the name of Tavia Ulia the daughter of an extremely prominent senator. Unfortunately, this chance meeting only amplifies the difficulties of the young combatant. This charming story is from the category of the sci-fi/fantasy genre.
At a later stage in the story, Andreas unexpectedly also meets up with, Isabella the bastard daughter of the Iberian emperor. What secrets does Isabella keep from him, and Andreas then contemplates why he has been returned to the palace again? I didn't really enjoy how the story abruptly began with extremely mature content. I have to acknowledge that these initial ingredients to this tale slightly put me off and, i almost discontinued my analysis of this book. Opening the book up with these extreme elements immediately gave me the impression that this was the main theme of the whole book. When, in fact, that was not the case. I also disliked how the author at times adopted this over descriptive writing style. Mr. Penington would suddenly describe structures and locations that had no solid backgrounds. This writing technique only managed to tire, and slightly distracted me from completely immersing myself into the story. When the author applied this technique i easily found myself lost in his narrative and had to start the sentences afresh. Though the majority of characters had solid backgrounds and were effectively integrated into the storyline only a few characters made brief appearances and sadly had no solid backgrounds.
They were numerous elements I really enjoyed about this story like how it kept me, constantly guessing as to what will happen next? They were yet again some really great humorous scenes in it as well. I also loved some of the author's wonderful writing like “Such was war. No one could call it fair, but misery was dished out with as much equity as was possible”. Once again Christopher J. Pennington has managed to perplex me and has pulled a rabbit from his hat as he performs his amazing Houdini magic act that has left me speechless. Masters and Bastards has successfully been awarded three out of four stars. This story contains a few typos and grammatical errors, but these errors do not take away any meaning from this story and have no serious impact on it as a whole.
They are also some wonderful action scenes that will easily captivate and immerse you into this story. The story possesses a lot of elements of war that are violently graphic in nature, and this book is only suitable for mature adults. The authors also clearly demonstrates his knowledge of military arsenal and tactical warfare that could only have been gained by doing some serious research. This book's tempo also flows at a good pace, and they were enough action scenes that were written with the right length. The book only lagged at times because it became over descriptive.
I was astonished to find out when i did my research on some terms used by the author. Terms like “Scythian and Iberian were European nomads that lived in the 9th and 4th-century B.C. I was also surprised to learn that the term “ Aparthian” stemmed from a real locale. ” The Aparthian Mountains” do exist and are located in Ukraine. The theme of bastards is also prevalent throughout this story. It is quite remarkable how the whole story revolves around the book's main heading. This story contains some very erotic scenes and is not suitable for readers younger than 18 years of age. This story does contain a few religious elements but is suitable for all religions. I was unable to give it a lower rating than 3 out of 4 stars because the story is extremely enjoyable and it will appeal to all fans of the sci-fi/fantasy genre.
Masters and Bastards
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