Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Book Review: Rast by Christopher Hoare

It is a dangerous time in the world of Rast. Rebelling magic forces are slowly killing the reigning Drogar. His son, Prince Egon, is set to take over as the new sorcerer-king, admitting the deadly magic to himself in such a way as to control it.

Jady, Guardian of the Silent Forest, is the last of her line. Her father and brothers have already been killed by the Deepning Pools. Though in love with Egon, she is sent away on his orders. No matter their feelings, she cannot bear him an heir that will become the next Drogar. Ignoring his orders, an angry Jady goes off to meet the Princess, whose marriage to Prince Egon has been arranged.

As if this trying time of the interregnum isn't enough, Offrangs arrive seeking to conquer Rast. Conflict is inevitable. But who will win?

I'm not a huge lover of fantasy novels, but I've read one of the books in Hoare's speculative fiction Iskander series and enjoyed his strong, female heroine. When he asked me to review Rast, what some have claimed is his best work, I decided to give it a shot.

Part of my issue with fantasy novels is I rarely see one that is less than the size of my Bible. Because you are dealing with made up worlds and beings, this requires the author to be especially clear when describing the setting and the book's characters. I have to hand it to Hoare because he managed to do that in only 269 pages. Not once did I feel lost or unable to figure out the setting or the characters; though a Rast Guidebook is available for free with each download of the e-Book.

An interesting aspect of this novel is that the magic is like a character in and of itself. I've seen this done with an island in Evenings on Dark Island by Rhett DeVane and Larry Rock. It's quite fascinating when an object, or in this case, a supernatural power is so much a part of the story that it takes on character-like qualities.

Rast contains many characters that will elicit emotions in the reader. She will feel sorry for Egon and Jady who are forced to deny their love because of their duties. She will be inspired by the devotion the dying Drogar has to his son and the kingdom of Rast. It's quite likely she will feel the need to throttle the Princess multiple times during the story.

A masterfully told high fantasy novel that will wow you with its explosive conclusion is what you'll find in Rast by Christopher Hoare.

Title: Rast
Author: Christopher Hoare
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
ISBN:  978-1-926931-43-2
SRP:  $5.95

Available in a Kindle edition!

Currently on sale from MuseItUp Publishing for only $4.76!

CONTEST! Christopher Hoare is giving away two e-Copies of Rast during his virtual book tour. You can find his entire tour schedule at  Leave a comment (including your email address) at any of his blog stops during the tour. He will select two winners from all comments received. The more blogs you visit and comment at, the greater your chances of winning a copy of the book.

The author paid me a fee to promote his book with a virtual book tour through Pump Up Your Book!  This fee did not include a review. This review contains my honest opinions. I was not compensated in any way for expressing my views.


Wendy said...
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Wendy said...

oops sorry. Spelling mistake. Well, I'm a writer, not a speller. I'll try again! :)

I like this review. It reveals just enough of the story to draw the prospective reader in to the world of Rast and presents intriguing characters with a compelling dilemma. The last paragraph sold me with 'masterfully told' and 'wow you with its explosive conclusion'.
Congratulation Chris, you have obviously written a winning novel. It doesn't get better than that.

MuseItUp Publishing said...

Thank you for an amazing review. Chris certainly knows how to build a fictional world and strong characters.

Emily Pikkasso said...

Great review of a great read. Rast has a little bit of everything, some romance, some intrigue, some mystery and danger. Through in some very cool magical entities and....Voila!

Congratulations Chris!


April said...

Wonderful review! This sounds like a very interesting story and one I would love to try out!

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Christopher Hoare said...

Thank you for posting this Review -- and thanks to all you who commented.

Karen Peterson said...

I enjoy some fantasy, but I agree with you that they are usually thousands of pages long, which is quite daunting unless the writing is so incredible as to make those thousands of pages fly like nothing.

Farrah said...

Sounds like an interesting world of fantasy. I love when objects take on more human characteristics.

Teresa K. said...

Wow this was a great review. I am starting to get into the fantasy books and because of your review I'm really interested in reading this book.
Thanks for posting on alternative reads authors group. I would have never known about Rast.

Teresa K.