Review for The Millennial Sword
The book review blog Fangs for the Fantasy has posted a very thoughtful and well-balanced review of my novel. The reviewer has some criticisms which I think are quite fair (they’d like to see more development of some of the side characters), but overall it’s a positive review:
Viveka has arrived in San Francisco from the Midwest to start a new job. That’s already pretty challenging, a new work place, a new city, finding a place to live (despite a limited budget) and trying to keep her very grumpy cat amused and tolerant during the move.
And then a woman gives her a sword and runs off. A sword that virtually no-one can see—Excalibur. She’s just been recruited as the new Lady of the Lake with a solemn duty to try and protect the people of San Francisco from Morgan Le Fay—queen of the fairies who has a specialty of kidnapping children. And like it or not, she can’t stand by while children are taken—especially with redcaps moving against her. She has a few friends, a complicated love life and a lot to learn.
This book did a very good job in setting up the world, the characters and the concepts of the story. By the end, everything is firmly in place and it’s a lot of fun getting there, from battle the tomte in her home, to swordfighting with the Society for Creative Anachronism to just moving to a brand new city, starting a new job and trying to set up a new life. We get to know Viveka, her life, her duties and the people that are part of it.
Viveka is an interesting character in new situations, both conflicted and determined. Originally I think she adapted to the whole Lady of the Lake gig perhaps a little too easily but she did come back with a lot of doubts and questions, but whatever doubts she had are eclipsed by the simple fact that kids are in danger. I liked that she did sidetrack a lot of the usual “whyyyy meee, it’s soooon unfair!” we see in the genre and instead got on with it—kids were in danger, there’s no time for whining.
In all, it’s a fun read. It has an interesting world, but one that could use development. It has some potentially interesting characters that, again, need to be taken further. I think it’s a series with a lot more to give, on its own it’s still a fun book.