A Kind of Peace, by Andy Boot

Review by Liza Granville

This is the first book in a series entitled Dreams of Inan. The book itself is attractive and I was drawn to the title.

Ultimate weapons. Ultimate wizards. OK. Well, the novel’s well-plotted, a good read, if a little dense. That is to say, it isn’t exactly a page-turner. I enjoy this type of book, but in this instance had to push myself to finish it. The idea is interesting. I liked the thought creatures. However, it’s strange that magic and science are posed as distinct when really they’re one and the same thing.

Some nit-picking now. There are a few patches of clumsy writing, and a great deal of telling where showing would have worked better. On the whole, the characters are well drawn. For an apparent wise man, Ramus-Bey was portrayed as a bit of a stereo-type pointy-hat wizard. It was frequently necessary to suspend disbelief. Simeon, the main protagonist, is a little unconvincing when it comes to speech, particularly vocabulary. I felt he could have done with a different way of expressing himself. In fact, all the characters have very similar voices. There is a strong sense of the author speaking to us through them. There is also a problem throughout the book relating to viewpoint. It switches rapidly between characters, sometimes in the same paragraph.

Having said all that, I repeat: it’s a good read. At times, I had a sense of a very visual author, actually seeing what he was writing unfold. I feel that with more experience and confidence, the pace will quicken so that the writing really takes off. Let’s look forward to more by Andy Boot.

A Kind of Peace by Andy Boot. Paperback, 320pp, £6.99. Published by Abaddon Books and available in all good bookshops, or online from Amazon. Website: www.abaddonbooks.com

This review originally appeared on Whispers of Wickedness, and is reproduced here with permission.