I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Gallery on October 14th, 2014
Apocalypse Now meets The Lord of the Rings in a bold new fantasy from the acclaimed author of the Iron Elves trilogy, filled with "heroic action that keeps fans coming back" (Publishers Weekly).
Channeling the turbulent period of the Vietnam War and its ruthless pitting of ideologies, cultures, generations, and races against each other, military historian and acclaimed fantasy writer Chris Evans takes a daring new approach to the traditional world of sword and sorcery by thrusting it into a maelstrom of racial animus, drug use, rebellion, and a growing war that seems at once unwinnable and with no end in sight. In this thrilling epic, right and wrong, country and honor, freedom and sacrifice are all put to the ultimate test in the heart of a dark, bloody, otherworldly jungle.
In this strange, new world deep among the shadows under a triple-canopy jungle and plagued by dangers real and imagined, soldiers strive to fulfill a mission they don’t understand and are ill-equipped to carry out. And high above them, the heavy rush of wings slashing through the humid air herald a coming wave of death and destruction, and just possibly, salvation.
Oh hey, I’m back with another DNF. This time it was a fantasy novel with an interesting premise that never really got off the ground, despite having lots of flying creatures involved. Once again, I stole this questionnaire from the lovely Nikki.
Did you really give Of Bone and Thunder a chance?
I did! I got to 29%. I kept waiting for something to happen and although there were a few things here and there that made the plot seem like it might go somewhere, it continued to plod on for me.
Have you enjoyed other books of the same genre?
I do really enjoy dark fantasy and essentially the brigades and occupations that go along with that. This was just that and nothing else.
Had you been looking forward to this book in particular? Why?
A little. I requested it on Netgalley because the cover is gorgeous. Honestly, if I could get a print of that cover minus the text, I totally would. The premise was also unique and different. Not many books go the jungle route, especially in a fantasy setting.
Did you have certain expectations for the book before starting it?
No, not really.
What ultimately made you stop reading?
Benni mentioned that the book pretty much continues in the same vein until very close to the end and even then, it seemed the ending isn’t all that its cracked up to be. I’d already set the book down at this point, finding the characters bland and the parts outside of people dying in showers of blood or combustion dull. There’s only so much I can listen to infantry whine about their chapped legs, possible stds and sudden masturbation. While I’m sure that’s somewhat realistic, it doesn’t make for a compelling story in the least.