The Outcasts: Book I: The Lies of Autumn by Chuck Abdella
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The world is in danger and the only ones who can save it just happen to have been broken by the world.
The Outcasts attempts to set itself apart from the straightforward slay the Dark Lord quest from the description on. The tale describes itself as different from a basic epic quest tale, but it never accomplishes it's desired distinction. It talks constantly about being different from classic tales without much to back it up in terms of tangible differences.
This tale is basically a sexed up attempt at The Lord of The Rings. There was an abundance of who is sleeping with who and one character who sleeps with multiple characters.
The author also had an odd habit of directly addressing the reader from time to time. At first I imagined that it was merely a case of missed quotation marks, but after the third time I encountered it, I realized it was just the style the author chose.
The story did have some unique takes on the standard Wizard character type. This was my favorite part of the story. Wizards aren't made they are born. They have violet eyes and inherent magic ability even though they still needed to train to enhance their abilities. Wizards also care for others in a distant and at times cold way unlike the humans and elves.
The Outcasts was a traditional story that spent too much time saying it was different than traditional stories rather than actually making itself different.
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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