Shadowing: A Henchman’s Tale, Book 1 of Moonblind by Kat Zantow

Review: “Shadowing: A Henchman’s Tale” is the type of fantasy story where you can literally feel the author’s enthusiasm for the genre and their story in every word. Yet like the dedication to all the fantasy books they’d read, there was a little of everything in this tale, and sometimes it’s seemed a little too much all at once. The writing style was somewhat problematic for me also, as there’s lots of telling going on when I’d have preferred to be shown itself. More transitional phrases could have helped in this area, improving pacing and flow, which often seemed stuttered and abrupt. The first person point of view also didn’t help in this regard.

I thought “Shadowing” was a good idea for a story, one that could evolve and continue in installments, and would be interested in reading the next book but I tired of the main character as he was presented in book one of the Moonblind series. There was plenty of action throughout, yet the stilted nature of the narrative I felt held the henchman’s tale back from being as good as it could have.

Description: The moon has not changed in the fifty years of the dark lord Magna’s rule—but everything else has.

All too often, the servants of Dark Overlords are dispatched with a lazy flick of the hero’s sword. But in Shadowing, the job benefits of fire, mayhem, and flight almost make up for it. In between burning down villages, the minion’s primary directive is taking out heroes. When a man in golden armor and his faithful companions sneak across the border on a quest to assassinate the Dark Lord Magna, long live the Magna, it’s up to the Shadows to cut his quest short. As always, things do not go quite according to plan, and one henchman ends up lone-wolfing it across the permafrost lands, following the stench of valor.

A story of sword and sorcery, tooth and claw, and wyvern wing.

Kindle Edition
Published June 2nd 2011 by Fictician Press
ASIN: B00545W2IY
Source: Author
Samples are available on Smashwords.

Author Bio:

Kat Zantow is a writer who likes painting, kayaking, mixing drinks, hiking, shark-punching, 24-hour coffee, and hand-feeding squirrels.

She maintains an author blog with fun facts about Kat and ridiculous drawings as well as a more reasonable blog for everything eBooks.

A twentysomething alumna of Jon Stewart’s alma mater, she is recovering from an overdose of postmodern literature by writing solidly fun fiction. She is currently in love with the spatial efficiency of eBooks.

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