Tuesday, 14 June 2016

A Trust to Follow by Diana Waters

Title: A Trust to Follow
Author: Diana Waters
Genre: Gay Romance, Historical/Fantasy
Length: Novella
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


Prince Daymon is an Evoker—possessor of rare and feared magical powers.
When he is captured by bandits who plan to use his gifts for their own benefit he must depend upon his lover to come to his rescue.
Rhyder is captain of Daymon’s personal guard and the legendary ‘Lion of the West’, but can he reach
the man he loves before it’s too late?
A Trust to Follow Cover

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On the whole, I really liked this book. The story was interesting and the characters complex and well rounded, especially given the short length of the story. Inevitably there were places where the story was rushed and I would like to have seen the relationship between Daymon and Rhyder grow and develop more gradually, however, that is not a real criticism, rather a personal preference.

My main criticism of the book was that the story jumped about all over the place. It changed POV, which wasn't really a problem, but it also bounced around in time, which on occasion was very confusing, especially the first two. The first jump from Daymon's cell back to when he was captured was very sudden and it pulled me out of the story. I decided at that point I didn't like the story but I persevered and it did get better although the jumps continued and were annoying. 

The book was well written and despite the jarring jumps the story flowed nicely. It would have been better if the jumps had been more clearly delineated, for example by a heading denoting the time period they related to, but I had no major complaints other than that. I very much enjoyed that we get to see inside Daymon's head so much. I loved him from the start. 

Rhyder was the solid, dependable one, right from the very beginning and remained so throughout. His integrity remained impeccable throughout and Daymon's total devotion came across as wholly deserved. The reader knew from the very beginning that Rhyder would come through which made what Daymon went through bearable. I also liked that the writer takes us through the effects of the kidnapping. Daymon took a while to 'come back to himself' and I find that unusual, especially in fantasy. People seem to recover from traumatic experiences far too quickly. This realism exists throughout the book and I love that about it. 

In conclusion, the book has flaws but it is well written, compelling and well worth persevering with because it doesn't take long to suck you in.

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About the Author

DIANA WATERS is a New Zealander currently living in rural Japan. She has no idea where in the world she’ll be this time next year and is pretty okay with that. Other than reading and writing, her main passions include travel, Japanese pop culture, and competitive swimming.

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