The Book of the Forsaken by Yannis Karatsioris Review

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Title: The Book of the Forsaken (The Game #1)
Author: Yannis Karatsioris
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Createspace
Source: Sent for review 
Rating: ★★1/2


A sarcastic storyteller traps three characters in his web in order to get hold of a special book. 

Daniel, Cassidy and Igor are three unique individuals, considered outcasts for different reasons. They are about to meet and stick together, as coincidences and forced situations lead them to a journey all around Europe. 

As everyone is after the Book of the Forsaken, the coming Game is about to take place on the dark side of the moon. But there is a cost to that knowledge. Let alone to the wish to partake. 

My Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. An honest review I will give. I have to preface this by saying that I support self-published authors and the growing popularity of this new industry and how hard these authors work getting their work out there. That being said, a book is a book and I judge based on how good I personally think it is, and whether it was published by a big literary giant or by the author themselves is irrelevant.   

The Book of the Forsaken tells the story of three men with supernatural powers who are hired to complete a task and find themselves part of a bigger conspiracy than they ever imagined. The concept of this novel and the world building that we are introduced too is original and interesting for the genre. The problem with this novel lies in its execution. This story is being told to us by a sarcastic, mysterious narrator who is well in control and refers to the characters as his chosen puppets. While this style is not widely used but certainly not unusual, the writing suffers from a lot of telling and not showing and you end up not connecting to the characters and they feel one dimensional. 

This read as a rough draft and definitely needed more polishing. Most of the characters were referred by their last name instead of their first (why?) and then it would switch around. The writing is fluid with the exception of a few blunders and strange/amateur description. Some examples:

"The Warden's office was neat and clean like an old lady's living room."

"Maladie noticed the ambassador's wife was almost done with the vodka he had just given her and that she was bored as a Christian blog."

There's little distinction between the characters voices so you don't know who is speaking because they all sound the same with the exception of Robert Cassidy who has an Irish accent. While the concept of the story is original, it still falls on a lot of clichés and tropes: the scary Russian, the shy bookworm, all the women in this story wearing little to no clothes and being sexually objectified. All of them. The few that weren't were the wives of political diplomats and they served absolutely no importance to this story other than drinking and being bored at parties or dinners. The amount of times descriptions are given describing breasts, giving fellatio and masturbating in a corner while waiting for one of the characters to finish her off are just so unnecessary and it speaks to the lack of creativity to fall back on these archaic, sexist tropes.  

Ultimately, this novel suffered from a lack of good editing and flat characters and I won't be continuing the series.

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