Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Review - Ghostwalker (JS)

Ghostwalker by Ben Cassidy

Review by Jacqui Slaney

I was looking for a new book to read and came across this one on the Kindle, the description sounded readable, and it was free, so I thought why not try it.

This is the description:

Kendril is a Ghostwalker, a man who is dead to his former life and bound by a solemn vow to seek penance for some mysterious dark sin in his past. When a chance encounter in the forest leads him to inadvertently rescue a woman named Jade, a woman who claims not to remember anything about who she is or what has happened to her, Kendril becomes her reluctant guardian.

However, after a gang of ruthless bounty hunters comes after Jade, Kendril finds himself thrown into a deadly game of cat and mouse where one wrong step will be his last. Now he must use every ounce of daring and cunning he has to escape with his life and to protect the woman he is growing to love, a woman with no past.

However, can he trust Jade, or will her secrets lead to his undoing?

A mysterious stranger rescues a beautiful damsel in distress, overcoming all obstacles to do so.
Lots of action, so must be great to read, yes? Hooked on every page?

Well, it should be, and at times, I did find myself caught up with the story, but I found myself more than anything critical of the characters.
The character of Jade for instance, she awakes in a forest and has no memory of who she is, where she comes from. A man is with her and a dead body. She immediately trusts this man, Kendril   implicitly. The two then travel through the forest to a town, where she meets another man, Maklavir and immediately trusts him as well with her story. To me this was a touch unbelievable to say the least.

I quite liked Kendril the mysterious Ghostwalker, and you really want to know much more about him, Maklavir seems to have been thrown in for comic value.

The bounty hunters are not really developed, Montrose, is the leader and the best, the rest are quite one dimensional and seem to be just thrown into the fights for Kendril to kill

The story goes on with the two men protecting Jade against the attacks of bounty hunters who want her for a nobleman who hides away in the background. I worked out quite early on who Jade would turn out to be, so the ending of the book was not a surprise although quite nicely done.

The book is not long and is not a bad read if you are looking for something to fill the time, this is the first in the series and I may look at the next one, to see if there is more to this story, as for me, this one needs more meat on its bones.

6 out of 10