Book Review: A Plague of Giants by Kevin Kearne (Three Stars)


Book Review: A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings #1) by Kevin Kearne

(Three Stars)

“You’ll be safe. Probably.”

As good as Kearne’s Iron Druid series, but needs polishing. I stopped and started reading it several times as the fractured storytelling, while innovative, broke the rhythm. Too many main characters, too many countries and cultures, too little continuity. (A more readable map may have helped, but the ebook map was unreadable.) Everyone sounded the same, despite a maze of cultural details meant to differentiate. In a word: boring.

“My primary talent so far was not thinking things through to the possible consequences of my actions.”

Even with the explanation of how the Bard came into possession of so many journals, the circumstances of several deaths would have prevented him from knowing all he claimed. On the other hand, Kearne ties himself (and the reader) in knots with extraneous romantic details, whose presence is both obvious and intrusive. Distracting.

“War always takes your life. Sometimes it’s just not all at once.”

Extra credit for giving this tale a satisfying conclusion despite setting the hook for the next story. Can’t image reading another, let alone seven of these.

“Some things, once seen, can never be unseen.”