Genre: Adult Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: March 30th 2021
Series: The Lawful Times
My Rating: 4.5/5
When an imperial family is found butchered, Officers of God are called to investigate. Evidence points to a rebel group trying to stab fear into the very heart of the empire. Inspector Khlid begins a harrowing hunt for those responsible, but when a larger conspiracy comes to light, she struggles to trust even the officers around her.
Daniel Green is one of the big BookTubers that I’ve being following for a while. I love his books review and in general we have similar taste. So when he announced that will be publishing his first novella I was very excited and curious to see what he comes up with. And here are my thoughts.
Things I liked:
- I thought it was very well written. Nice but not heavy on the prose and has a lot on packed in 140 pages.
- The story is a mix of fantasy and mystery thriller. There wasn’t much fantasy in this novella, but the mystery was definitely there and well crafted.
- The main characters and the 2 side character had all their own distinct voice and well-developed (for the size of the book).
- The story was way more grim dark than I anticipated. In one of his video Daniel say that the first page is the most grim and gory part of the book and although it’s true I still think that the end was also pretty dark.
- I wasn’t expecting the ending! And I do like when this happens.
I didn’t like
- Unfortunately this come with the fact that this is a novella but… this is supposed to be a set-up for Daniel’s main trilogy, but I didn’t feel like it was setting much up. I didn’t learn much apart from the very basic of this word.
- This also comes with the fact that it’s a novella, but the story was really fast pace and things moved a little too quickly. Everything happened in 1 day i the story, and it felt like towards the middle maybe it needed a filler chapter just to give time to the reader to digest everything is happening.
- This last one is a nitpick but…. In the first chapter we are hit over the head about one of the character’s bad habit. And although it is always nice when characters have their quirks when it’s in every paragraph (exaggerating a little to make a point) it gets annoying!
Overall, it is a very good debut novella and I really look forward to the main story and I will definitely be reading the next novellas before that.