Book Review: The Rising Wind by Ken Floro III

3 Aug

The Rising Wind Cover final - CopyTitle: The Rising Wind

Author: Ken Floro III

Genre: Fantasy / Adventure

Have you ever dreamed of being swept into adventure alongside a dashing knight or two? Would you be outraged if you were suddenly thrust into terrifying dangers against your will? What if you found yourself trapped on a cursed island, in the middle of a haunted sea, surrounded by your worst enemies? When a conniving treasure-hunter hijacks the Rising Wind, its passengers will find themselves facing all this and more!

The same trick didn’t work a third time. When Marc stepped into the ring of firelight and shouted a challenge, his adversaries shrank into the shadows across from him – more cautious now than they had been earlier. Their broad limbs and hulking silhouettes prowled the darkness at the edge of the forest, disguising their numbers. Standing exposed, in the open clearing, Marc felt vulnerable, but he knew he couldn’t run. For an anxious moment, he just stood there, uncertain what to do next. The curse of inexperience was lack of foresight, and Marc hadn’t stopped to calculate an alternative in case his original plan failed. Now he had to think on the spot. Unfortunately the present circumstance was no place for contemplation. So, in that dangerous moment, he acted on instinct.

The Rising Wind is set in the fantasy world of Avorath, a world reminiscent of the Roman Empire – sometimes a little too reminiscent – and with a dark, unsettling history and many myths and secrets. There are a bunch of different perspectives – Marc, a young man eager to prove himself, Adrianna, lady of the ship, and the mysterious Din, also sometimes Marc’s cousin – and they all mix and match into a story of deceit and betrayal, of friendship and hope, of the darker side of magic. All protagonists are aboard the same ship which gets lot at sea and ends up on a mysterious island, where the ancient myths have come to life…

I thought the world was a bit too reminiscent of the Roman Empire. It didn’t feel original to me. And Marc is a bit of an idiot at the start, and although his personality changes for the better, I wasn’t all that impressed with him. He was an unlikeable character. I liked the other protagonists more, but unfortunately Marc seems to be the one talking the most. The book also reminded me of Pirates of the Carribean. The characters delve into action head-on, there is mystery and suspense, but there isn’t any over-complicated thinking.

I would’ve liked the book better if it didn’t remind me THAT much of the Roman Empire though. But apart from that, it was a pleasant, action-filled read.


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