“Number of the Beast: Paladin Cycle, Book One” by Max Redford, Lita Stone
Synopsis:When a cosmic war brews between the zodiac races and their gods, the life of a young waitress from small-town Texas becomes the key to saving or destroying the multiverse.
Set in contemporary USA, this epic story crosses multiple genres including fantasy, thriller, horror and romance.
3 out of 5 stars
This was a tough book to read and a tough book to review. There is a LOT going on in this book; several major plot lines and lots of central characters. It was easy to get lost with the different story lines, but the plot itself is quite original and I feel this books sets the stage as a good intro to the next book in the series.
What I liked: The world building is well done in all three major story lines. Each is quite different and they come together well near the end of the book. There is some sex and violence in the plot which is integral to the story, and I do like my horror to have a little gore in it! The language changed for each plot line as well; the soft-spoken Texan drawl, the formal Paladin speech, and the growling of the beast. Well done.
What I didn’t like: Because of the differing plot lines I was confused a bit, especially in the beginning of the book. Until I caught on to the language cues, I was a little frustrated because it wasn’t always clear which story I was reading. The book is a little slow in the beginning but picks up quickly and if you can keep up with all the characters, you will have no trouble following it.
I do think this is worth a read, especially if you enjoy horror with a bit of fantasy thrown in for good measure. This book sets up the next book in the series, but reads well on its own.
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