Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dead Weight: The Tombs by M. Todd Gallowglas

I was very generously sent an advanced reader copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Mr. Gallowglas for this opportunity. Dead Weight: The Tombs is about Boy Scout, a Bard in the Marines during the Faerie War. It's about a man trying to survive while running from the magic world as well as the human world. This is a story that begins in the middle and as the story progresses, the main character reflects back to the past in explanation of what is currently happening to him and his companion. For Boy Scout, being a Bard means writing is creating reality. When he writes a story on paper, it becomes reality, or if he looks at a dead person long enough, their life's story will come flowing out of his pen onto paper. He is a creator of life and a bringer of death. This is his story of the Faerie War. I very much enjoyed this story. Mr. Gallowglas' writing style flows with just enough description to help the reader visualize the scenes, but not so much that the story is overwhelmed with descriptors. The story begins with the main character fighting for his life and then by using magic everything stops and a journey into the past begins. The transition from present to past is effortless. By using a real city in his story, Mr. Gallowglas has created a world that the reader can not only relate to, but can actually feel a bond with. I was drawn into the story and to the plight of the main character. I looked forward to each new page, wanting to see what came next in the story and for the main character. I look forward to the next book in the series. I am very eager to know what happens next. There was only one part of the story that confused me. Before every chapter there were multiple quotes from different people. Some were literary geniuses, some were characters from movies, and I must confess, some were from people I did not know. These seemed random and misplaced and in my opinion just detracted from the story. I highly recommend this story to readers who enjoy the Fantasy genre.