Review by Kirsi_78 -- Masters and Bastards

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Review by Kirsi_78 -- Masters and Bastards

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Masters and Bastards" by Christopher J. Penington.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Imagine being a second class orphan boy on the verge of maturity, having a career dream that you’ve worked extremely hard to accomplish. Then one carefree night out partying with your mates results to your entire future becoming at risk. Seemingly harmless choices lead you to being pulled into high profile politics with extremely powerful people. Their agendas are various, but everyone seems to want the best out of you. Only you don’t have a clue why your very ordinary butt has suddenly become such a valuable prey. This kind of setup is not likely to happen to any average second class citizen, wouldn’t you agree?

Likely or not, it is happening to Andreas Marset, an Arpathian legionary of the Iberian Army. The young soldier lives in the new world of Poltervault, where the resurrected human race is facing a war against each other. Sadly enough, it is not the only threat looming in the air. The alien empire of Vulgari are on a mission to enslave the entire human race. Andreas Marset gets tangled up in the middle of these historical events. After sudden incidents he’s being taken to the Iberian empire, mated to the Emperor’s bastard daughter and released from his Military duties. Before Andreas has time to get too comfortable with his new whereabouts, the events take another sudden turn and he is exiled to the wars of the colonial worlds in the Rubicon System. Despite his background, Andreas is a smart young man and quickly tires of being just a pushover. He starts unveiling the secrets of his origins and becomes aware of the telepathic powers of his gifted mind. Soon he discovers that he is holding the keys to save the human nations.

Being a total rookie on space-related matters, I have to admit that reading Masters and Bastards by Christopher J. Penington was slightly challenging. Plentiful names of new galaxies and planets, not to mention all the other space gobbledygook did make my head spin. Keeping up with all the locations of this whole newly discovered universe had me shaking my head in anguish several times. I was suddenly revealed why so many fantasy books actually have a map drawn on their first pages. I was desperately needing one here to navigate through the imaginary world of Poltervault and the Rubicon System amongst other places that appeared slightly outlandish to me.

Another thing that resulted to me shaking my head in disbelief was the figure of speech some characters in Masters and Bastards were using. Terribly lot of dirty talking combined with a wide variety of swear words was somewhat rebarbative. This being said, I still found most of Christopher J. Penington’s characters simply adorable. Their charm combined with insightful, witty dialogues makes this book special. The author clearly is a word artist. His characters come alive in the pages of the book. One more distinctive worth mentioning is the plot, its twists and turns developing at the speed of light. Being full of unexpected surprises, Masters and Bastards will most likely hold you in its grip until the very end.

Masters and Bastards is a combination of science fiction and fantasy, taking place somewhere in the universe after the destruction of our old mother Earth. Every friend of good fantasy or science fiction will find this book worthy. I also dare to say, everyone who enjoyed movies like Star Wars or Starship Troopers would definitely think of this book as a remarkably entertaining one.

Unfortunately, Masters and Bastards had quite a lot of typing errors, which disturbed the reading experience. This indicates the editor was either in a hurry or half asleep while completing the work. Therefore I am forced to give this book only 3 out of 4 stars. Everything else being close to perfection, I find this a real pity. Masters and Bastards is one of those books that captures your full attention so that you’ll end up losing track of time, forgetting to cook dinner for your family or whatever else it was you were actually supposed to be doing. I am taking my imaginary hat off in respect to Christopher J. Penington, who has proven himself to be a brilliant writer and story teller.

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Thanks for the very nice review! I had toyed with reading this book but chose not to as I am not an avid sci-fi or fantasy fan. I have a difficult time staying up with the plots when there are all the different planets and aliens! I prefer sci-fi books like Project Tau or others along that line. Good job on the review! :D
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Like you, the sci-fi realm is totally foreign to me, but you did a great job of selling me on this book. Thanks for the lovely review!
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I don't typically go for sci-fi books, and that is why I chose not to read this one. But your review makes it sound so complex and exciting! It's a shame that there were editing errors to detract from the story. Very good review!
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B Creech wrote: ↑24 May 2020, 17:38 Thanks for the very nice review! I had toyed with reading this book but chose not to as I am not an avid sci-fi or fantasy fan. I have a difficult time staying up with the plots when there are all the different planets and aliens! I prefer sci-fi books like Project Tau or others along that line. Good job on the review! :D
Yes, this book definitely had a lot of planets and aliens! I almost skipped it for the same reasons... but it was worth reading after all. thanks for your kind words!
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Jlblawrence wrote: ↑24 May 2020, 21:36 I don't typically go for sci-fi books, and that is why I chose not to read this one. But your review makes it sound so complex and exciting! It's a shame that there were editing errors to detract from the story. Very good review!
Thank you! :tiphat:
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Stephanie Elizabeth wrote: ↑24 May 2020, 18:05 Like you, the sci-fi realm is totally foreign to me, but you did a great job of selling me on this book. Thanks for the lovely review!
Thank you :)
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What I loved most about the book was the love 'triangle' between Andreas, Isabella, and Tavi. I fully concur with you that the writer is a great word artist. Thanks for the insightful review.
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It's not your typical sci-fi book in my opinion, I also very much enjoyed it. I agree that it's a pity about the typos, hopefully they will be cleaned up during a next round of editing.
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I'm more of a Star Trek fan myself. I do enjoy science fiction, but I only enjoy very specific fantasies. The adult content in this gives me pause, hence I haven't ever really read it. Thanks!
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After reading another book by the same author, I'm inclined to believe that he is gifted. Great review!
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I have previously read this book and your review has captured every aspect of the book well. Well done!
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Reubeney wrote: ↑27 May 2020, 05:43 I have previously read this book and your review has captured every aspect of the book well. Well done!
Thank you! :tiphat:
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moowshiri wrote: ↑26 May 2020, 11:16 What I loved most about the book was the love 'triangle' between Andreas, Isabella, and Tavi. I fully concur with you that the writer is a great word artist. Thanks for the insightful review.
To be honest, I was a little confused with this 'triangle' you mentioned :D Thanks for your nice words and thanks for stopping by!
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JM Reviews wrote: ↑27 May 2020, 03:08 After reading another book by the same author, I'm inclined to believe that he is gifted. Great review!
Yes he is. I've read two so far and would read more without hesitation! Thanks for stopping by :D
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