Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Book Review: Unspoken

Unspoken by Kerrigan Byrne

About the Book:

He's cursed with eternal silence...

Roderick MacLauchlan is death for hire. Blessed by an ancient Deity with Berserker rage, he has the strength of ten men. Cursed by a malicious enemy, he's incapable of speech. A desperate clan war rages around him and a malevolent adversary lurks in the darkness, calling for blood.

Evelyn Woodhouse is an English refugee with a dangerous secret. She has the ability to see the outcome of tomorrow's battle and knows they're on the wrong side of it. When a doomed and silent mercenary rescues her from a fate worse than death, it seems he has his own plans for her. This is his last night alive and she's never been able to defy destiny.

Book Review:
Warning: This is a novella, not a novel. It’s total length is about 60 pages give or take a few. 
I’ll admit I normally read the book blurb as well as others’ reviews before I go and decide to read a book. That doesn’t mean I won’t read it at all though. That was the case for this book. I saw a number of poor reviews; many citing extreme erotica and redundant sex scenes. They may have been talking about the trilogy as a whole or maybe not. Who knows. I do know that there were no explicit sex scenes. I have read a lot of erotica and this was not erotica. It did showcase a very touching sexual scene but the words were not vulgar and the scene not explicit. It was written with good taste IMO and I wanted to clarify with the people who are reading those reviews that the truth of the matter was: 2 sex scenes and nothing lewd.

Alrighty..on with the review. For it being a novella, I strongly feel the story was written very well. You would not imagine how complicated it can be to write a thorough and entertaining short story or/and novella. The tension in this book was captivating and moved the story onward. Evelyn’s ability to see the future, and in this story seeing the death of a man and then fearing the death, and then trying earnestly to prevent that death all in 60 short pages…that’s pretty impressive.
I do believe there is a fine line where this should stay a novella and where it would have been a nice novel. That’s a promising comment regarding a story.

My personal verdict: 9/10

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