About the Book
A new epic adventure with sword and bow.
Beneda loves tending the crops on her family’s farm, until they are attacked by armed strangers. She doesn’t understand how to stop it, as she embarks on a dangerous journey to find help. She appeals to the all-powerful Libraries for help in stopping the land grabbers that threaten her family and village.
Librarian-swordsman Asante joins her and helps her pull her community together. His sword and Beneda’s bow join forces to protect her birthright. Can Beneda become the leader her grandmother was years before and save her family?
Rating: (3.5 / 5)
This one was a slow, thoughtful read because the language was so different than what I’m used to. Third person present with a regional dialect. Based on the description, the book is supposed to be a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel. Thing is, I never picked up on that part except for the blurb and one line where the author mentioned the 49 states of the US. Other than that, it could have been a historical novel. The book seems like a continuation of the author’s After the Collapse series. Know that from the very beginning, instead of having to figure it out myself, would have given me the context I needed.
As self-contained character driven story, it works to a degree. I didn’t have a clear picture of all the characters and what the looked like, though. Also, I only connected with a few and even then I was living their lives through the narrator’s eyes not the characters’ eyes.