Monday, February 6, 2012

Review # 110: The Hour of Tiamat by Lisa M. Taylor

     A group of teenagers decide to free a powerful group of demons called the Ancient Ones in order to become Gods; but what Celicia, Malaki, Tristan and Tara don't know, is that the Ancient Ones have their own agendas. So when Tristan decides he doesn't want to risk "Hell on Earth", he has to come up with a way to stop his friends, send back the evils they have already awakened, and prevent the end of the world. With the help of a woman who accidentally witnesses the ceremony, can Tristan find the power within himself to go against his friends and the unspeakable evil they have unleashed? Or will his change of heart come too late, and at too high a cost?

     At first glance, I loved the eye-catching cover-art and the title font - Yes, I said the font, I am a big fan of typography! The "pencil-sketched" look was just the right amount of color versus shading to capture my attention; just like the book's first couple pages. The Hour Of Tiamat started off at a good pace, and the content peaked my curiosity. I found the story-line well-written, full of action, and realistic enough to be unsettling. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the wolves/demons and how they moved, but the characters lacked structure and often seemed "flat". I like characters I can relate to, someone with body, depth, and a well-defined personality; unfortunately, the characters and some of the dialogue took away from my reading experience. Even with the few problems I mentioned, I still really liked the book overall, and I will be recommending it to readers interested in supernatural/fantasy/occult fiction. I will be on the lookout for Lisa M. Taylor's future books - her writing definitely has potential!
Rating: Bounty's Out (3/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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