Title : Hopebreaker (The Great Iron War - Book One)
Author: Dean F. Wilson
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Altadas is a world where human race is facing extinction. Demons - who look like humans, which makes fighting them more difficult - are taking over. A world where 'light is dangerous and Hope is an enemy'.
The Regime of Demons is being opposed by the rebel Resistance.
Jacob is a rebel at heart, who consciously chooses not to take sides. But life has other things in store for him.
He continues to hold on to his his sense of humour and rebellion against authority of any sort even in most difficult of situations. This adds a light touch to even the on-the-edge situations.
'Sometimes there were little victories to be had in the smallest acts of rebellion... There were greater victories when those small acts of rebellion were noticed by the tyrants.'
Jacob's repartees are fun to read, and give a lighter touch in this story set in a world which is struggling to survive.
These words are used in a different context in the book, but they ring as true for the way Jacob keeps convincing himself that he doesn't care to be a part of the fight against Demons, and how his actions speak differently.
Fantasy as a genre usually works for me because anything is possible. It is not limited by the need to be conceivable factually. On the other hand, the writing has to engross the reader enough to make it a believable world.
'Even when silence returned from wherever it sought refuge, the sounds continued to echo in all minds'
The book begins with enough mystery to grab attention instantly and keeps the curiosity high. The good guy is in trouble and that keeps the pages turning fast.
The currency is 'coils'... it coils itself around the heart. Money does that.
Iron is the 'black gold'... representative of a world which has no place for beauty and aesthetics.
'Hope' is the name given to what needs to be destroyed. And that makes the situation gloomier.
There is much about the stories of the characters that is hinted at, but not revealed completely. So, I will look forward to the next book in the series.
(The words in Italics are quotes from the book)