3 out of 4 stars
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Have you ever been betrayed or sold out by a trusted friend to a sworn enemy? What was your reaction? What became of your friendship?
Masters and Bastards by Christopher J. Penington is a historical fiction that unfolded with a major character, Andreas Marset, an Aparthian Bastard. He was the most handsome and brilliant Iberian man in the province. His physical features, mind and telepathic powers surpassed that of his superiors. On the battlefield, even as a mere platoon member, he was better skilled than the commanders of the Army. He never returned from any war without victory and promotion. He was tutored by the best. Yet, Andreas was barely the age of a man — he was under 17. Despite the young man's profound talents and skills, he wasn't lucky in finding love. Would this be his undoing in the future?.
I enjoyed the author's writing style, especially his description of major characters. His ability to hold a structural dialogue between his characters and their roles was highly commendable. Masters and Bastards consists of 28 chapters, yet I couldn't remember wanting to skip a line because Christopher J. Penington was able to make each scene that unfolded completely unpredictable. Historical fiction has not really been my prefered genre of book, but the author was able to keep me glued to this book, thus changing my misconceptions about this genre. The title alone gave it away. From the moment I selected this book, I was certain it was going to be different. I'm glad it did not disappoint.
My favorite part of the novel was on Page 387, where Andreas Marset acknowledged the Almighty before him as his men embarked on a life-threatening war. The ability of the author to include this part, especially in an army squad that didn't believe in Christianity. This indeed was highly commendable.
Unfortunately, I encountered countless grammatical errors in the book, which was quite distracting. This included punctuation errors and misuse of character names in the novel. Also, the sudden change of writing to Italics was annoying as they came without prior notice. All these avoidable errors showed that the novel was not professionally edited. Another unpleasant situation that distracted me was the numerous characters the author involved in the novel, which he eventually dropped halfway and never mentioned them again. Therefore, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars.
I learned a lot from Masters and Bastards — from wars to the way telepathic powers were being used. Most importantly, I admired Andreas' Bravery. I'll recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction laced with telepathy and mature readers because of the high level of profane words and erotic content.
Masters and Bastards
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