A review by Domoni.
War is human nature. Men and women have waged wars in every culture in every time. The strongest warriors all eventually die. When it is their time, they shall meet the Reaper.
Calling the Reaper is a difficult book for me to review in the manner I normally do so. Writing up a paragraph that gives a broad sense of the book has been a struggle today. This book was pitched as a fantasy that covers various realms of the world, and it is. However, essentially this is a book of short stories that at some point will connect; I believe that may be in the second book though, as even the epilogue did not tie things together in an understandable way for me.
This book covers eight different storylines, each in three consecutive parts. The author writes well and creates interesting characters, but the majority of the book is build up, with little in the way of conclusion. None of the characters the stories center on achieve their ultimate goal. I found myself reading through each portion, waiting to feel a connection to the character, yet struggled to do so. This intensified the further I read into the book, with each changing character.
The very first story about the pirate Dante, caught my attention and when it suddenly ended and the book moved on to a new character and story, I felt annoyed that this was all I would get of him. I would much prefer if each character had a full story of its own and this was a series. While the author’s writing is well done and he definitely puts the time into the crafting of the world around the characters, the book just left me wanting.
My rating: 2/5 stars.
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Jason Pere is a born-and-raised New Englander. He always had a passion for the arts and creative storytelling. At the age of thirteen, Jason took up the craft of acting for film and theater. He pursued that interest for over a decade until refocusing his medium of expression into writing.
At first, Jason took a causal interest in writing, starting with poetry and journaling. Over time, he honed his direction and finally began writing larger works. In November of 2012, Jason self-published his first book, Modern Knighthood: Diary of a Warrior Poet.
Since then, Jason has continued writing on his own, mostly short stories and poetry. Calling the Reaper was his first experience committing to a full-length fiction title.
In early 2015, Jason became affiliated with Collaborative Writing Challenge (CWC). Since then, he has joined many other writers on numerous collaborative projects. Jason is a regular contributor to CWC and is scheduled to have multiple pieces of his work appear in their publications throughout 2016.
You can find out more about Jason Pere’s involvement and publications in collaborative fiction at: http://www.collaborativewritingchallenge.com
To connect with Jason, check him out at: http://www.facebook.com/jason.pere.7
Jason also writes fanfiction for Team Covenant on their Blog of the Pheonixborn, dedicated to the new game by Plaid Hat Games, “Ashes.” Go to http://teamcovenant.com/ashesonline/ to read Jason’s flash fiction work.