*I received this Ebook as a free copy in exchange for an honest review*
That was better than i was expecting. Very original!
Bolen is a thief, plying his trade under the spires of an ancient and sprawling city. Worried that he's growing too old, Bolen has lined up a risky job, just to prove that he can still pull one off.
Tonight, he's going to break into a nobleman's vault and help himself to its contents. What he doesn't know is that inside is the key to a secret as old as the city itself.
Kings have killed for it, demons have coveted it, priests have prayed for it, and in a few moments it will be in his hands. And when it is, the adventure of his life will begin.
For starters i have to point out that it started off wonderfully. I love how the author described the environments. He did a great job on the writing. I could really imagine all the scenes clearly, which is very important to me.
But... near the end it got a little sloppy, making me think that Gelo either didn't check it or just wrote it really quickly just to finish the book. It was nothing too bad, though. Just a little bothersome.
Also, in the middle it all went a little too slow for me. Too much sitting around and talking to monks and not enough sneaking around and blood.
Which brings me upon the ending. What was up with that? O.o Not that it was bad or anything, just a little out there. Not exactly what I was expecting. I'm a little sad that it was't a heart-rate-picks-up-omgwhatshappenin?! kind of ending and more of a laugh out loud for no reason one.
The language they used also bothered me. It was very modern and it really killed the medieval mood that was going on.
And now let's talk about Bolen. I don't get what his deal is. First he's brave, going to the Tanni manor and all that, then he's a coward by not just telling Markus that he doesn't have the damn statue. Like c'mon. You're in your 50s, you're an adult and all that. Just tell the guy that you don't have the statue! You're only digging a deeper hole for yourself! -_- But of course my attempts to yell at my Kindle didn't prevent Bolen to do stupid stuff.
Then the whole deal about Markus and his little girlfriend, or whatever she is to him.I don't understand what his power was all about. Sure, he was evil and wanted to engulf the world in shadows or something right? But...how did he manage to get the city under his thumb? Magic, yes, i got that. But i can't really figure out what his limits were. brainwashing, bending flames, transforming into a black monster. Like... hmm. I don't even know what was going on in those last few scenes.
Don't get me wrong, i really enjoyed this novella. It was light and quick to read. But i think it's more for amusement than as a serious book.
I give Shadowcursed 3.5 stars. it wasn't perfect. A lot could have been improved, but i enjoyed it quite a lot ^.^
I would recommend this novella to you if you're looking for something quick to read. It's only about 100 pages after all.
Lots of luck,