Rusted Heroes

Andrew Post. Medallion, $9.99 e-book (379p) ISBN 978-1-60542-654-9
In this genre mash-up set in a fantasy world where trolls, elves, and magic are common, Post (Sired by Stone) makes lots of promises but provides little payoff. Anoushka Demaine, retired against her will from being captain of a tank crew, seeks a way back to the only life that makes sense to her. She makes a confusing acquaintance in Ruprecht LeFevre, who offers her a chance to get the team back together and restore her life and tank to their former glory. LeFevre’s ability to do so is not adequately explored. Various ideas are presented and abandoned throughout the text. The writing never excites interest in the world or its characters. This adventure strives to blend high fantasy and steampunk, but never finds its footing. The characters are doomed to halfhearted bravado, empty passion, and meaningless suffering. All of this could be forgiven for a thrilling wartime tale, but the action sequences are tedious and predictable. The ending, though intended to be a glorious revolution, is merely a mercy killing of an idea that is better in concept than execution. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/25/2016
Genre: Fiction
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