Written by W H Cann and reviewed by Jamie Hall
“When his brother, father and fiancee are killed by Krelathan raiders, Grogaan’s life is ripped apart, causing grief, anger and rage. He vows revenge and sets about along his ‘path to vengeance’ by purchasing four starfighters for him and his friends, which they extensively modify to give them the advantage in battle.”
Feeling guilty over the loss of his loved ones, especially his fiancée, Grogaan avoids romantic involvement until Joeen, his brother’s former fiancée re-enters his life, causing him more emotional turmoil. This is further compounded when he meets Ellarna and falls head over heels for her.
A chance meeting with members of a long forgotten sect, ‘The Brotherhood of the Teragon Eagle’, on a nearby planet, together with information revealed to him by his mother, prove Grogaan’s unique abilities are due to his family heritage; an ancestor having been a well respected wizard and a member of the Guardian Order.”
This book was a rather entertaining read for me. As a lover of almost anything science-fiction I have read any book I can my hands on this genre and while Path to Vengeance may not be a standout classic it is an above average read and well worth a look.
One problem I did have with this book, however, is the opening. The first few scenes of the novel feel rather wooden and lax in any emotion whatsoever. It is until the back story is told that I feel any emotion towards Grogaan. But when the story settles down and finds its pace Grogaan is a very likeable chap. Torn apart by grief and guilt he mourns the deaths that have ripped his life apart and understandably wants to seek his revenge on the raiders responsible.
Outfitting four ships for him and his friends Grogaan gets close to taking his revenge. Then he discovers he is in fact a wizard. Yes you heard me a WIZARD. Now like me you may immediately think of a Jedi and in a manner I guess the Jedi’s may have been the inspiration behind this development.
But after finishing the novel I think it is something different. This is a fantasy novel filled with magic but set in the future. Take any fantasy novel and move it forward a few thousands years and this is it.
Not only does this novel have magic wielding Wizards but there is enough tech in here to make an apple fan boy salivate with jealousy. From laser cannons and light-speed engines this novel has any tech a sci-fi geek like me could want.
The only thing I could want to make this novel that all important five stars is another edit or two. Some paragraphs and even some entire scenes simply aren’t necessary and it would really make the novel much easier to read if they were wiped out or drastically streamlined. Some points of the novel drag on needlessly and the slog of reading it threatened to halt my progress altogether. Soldiering through though and the prize is well worth it. Beneath some points of poorly edited text this novel is a shining gem and it was a real pleasure to read.
I am looking forward to the next novels in the series and I’m confident that the more W H Cann writes about this universe the better and easier it will come to read.
I thank Cann for this novel it was an enjoyable read and I congratulate you on the finished product.