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The Fury Yet To Come by Steven McKinnon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: The Raincatcher’s Ballad (Book #0.5 of 3)
Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Grimdark Fantasy
Pages: 124 pages (Kindle edition)
Published: 25th June 2018 by Steven McKinnon DBA Vividarium Books (Indie)
This incredible action-packed grimdark novella is free. If you’re a fan of the sub-genre, I highly suggest you take this opportunity to get the book by subscribing to the author’s blog.
The Fury Yet To Come is a prequel novella to The Raincatcher’s Ballad trilogy by Steven McKinnon. Note that I haven’t read the main series yet; I’ve heard from several readers that although we can start our journey into the series from Symphony of the Wind, most of them agreed that it’s better to read The Fury Yet To Come first so that the outcome of this novella isn’t spoiled. The story centers around Corporal Tyson Gallows who’s currently imprisoned and tortured after Dalthean’s army failed D-Day style invasion.
“The Fayth said that suicide was a sin—that to take your own life was a great insult to Aerulus the One Father, who fought and bled against the Orinul so that mankind could live free. But if there really was a Hell, it had already claimed him.”
I don’t want to say too much here; it’s a short book, and it’s very probable that the less you know about this novella, the more you’re going to enjoy it. The first half was definitely more military-fantasy oriented, and the second half dealt with Gallows’ flashback and torture more. Do remember that this is a grimdark fantasy novella. It’s packed with tension, it’s brutal, and it’s grim. Tyson Gallows’ torture—both physically and mentally—under Nidra—the demented witch—was brutal and insane. This could’ve been a bad thing for a novella; not many readers love to read a short book brimming with torture scenes. However, McKinnon gave enough characterizations and development to Gallows, and his torment ended up being more palpable; most importantly, I was left rooting for him.
I personally think that as far as novella goes, The Fury Yet To Come did a lot of things right; characterizations, actions, world-building, and action style were displayed efficiently and effectively. Plus, this novella also serves as a great introduction to the main series. I’m going to—eventually—read Symphony of the Wind and find out what happens next.
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