Review: The Last King’s Amulet


The Last King's Amulet

3 stars

Read from April 19 to May 05, 2014

Synopsis: My name is Sumto, and everyone thinks I am a gambling, lazy, good-for-nothing drunk. Frankly, I think they have a point. Right now I may have to join the army and fight in a war I am frankly too corpulent to cope with.

Still, it looks like being a small, short war. So that’s got to be as bad as things get. Am I right?

Trained in his youth for war and politics, Sumto is interested in neither. As the son of a Patron, he should gather clients, acquire wealth, learn magic, husband a political power base and take his place amongst the Assembly of Patrons, the rulers of the city. Sumto would rather gather friends, acquire books, learn history, husband a hangover and take his place at the gambling tables. That is not going to be an option for much longer.

Unknown to Sumto, everything is about to change. There is a war in the north and Sumto is about to become a very unwilling participant.

Bookish things: 290 pages. The cover is interesting. The guy kind of looks a little like Bradley Cooper, which is nothing like what I pictured Sumto to look like.

Where to buy: Currently FREE on Smashwords or for $3.72 on Amazon.

My review:

Bookshelves: blog-review-req, indie-author, indie-review-copies, alternate-history, editing-required, fantasy-historical-fiction, made-me-think, not-for-the-feint-hearted, romance-ish, zombies

The Last King’s Amulet trails Sumto through a rather tumultuous time in his life. It sees an adventure of personal growth begin in a fantasized version of Ancient Rome and move through a war-ravaged countryside.

It explores a world of barbarians, battle mages and magical healers and mixes it with a healthy dose of political and economic strategy. Perhaps not for everyone…

Sumto was not a really likeable character. Lazy, fat and spoilt, he didn’t really inspire much in the way of compassion. I’d like to say that changed in the book, but it didn’t quite get there. His character development was certainly well conceived, but perhaps a little too slow, or with too much yo-yoing.

The supporting cast were wide and varied. Those that I had initially dismissed ended up playing pivotal roles and were key players in the way the story unfolded. Others who seemed to play important parts were brushed aside with little concern. It was a little unsettling.

If you like war strategy or books on war formations and the like, you might enjoy this one. I found the deeply intricate details were a touch too much and had begun to feel as if I were reading a non-fiction book on war in Ancient Rome.

Aside from Sumto’s need to delve into internal dialogue fairly frequently, I found the story progressed along a reasonable storyline and timeframe.

All up, this book took me about a month to read, it was not because I didn’t enjoy it. It is a great book, but it needs the reader to be in a certain frame of mind to really get into it.

A few things I noticed:

6% – …at least no(t) immediately.
23% – I didn’t not (del not) see fit…
59% – mare with (a) scar on her face.
69% – I left them all too (del too, add to)
72% – they had Turned (turned)
77% – …to see those would (del would add who) would decide…
86% spry (spray)?
92% – …try to Turn (turn) me…
97% – …tugging (h)is burning robes…

**Note: I was provided with an electronic version of this book in return for an honest review.**

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