Abandoned Ship On the Horizon – in the eye of heaven (David Keck)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

in the eye of heaven (David Keck)

Title: in the eye of heaven

Author: David Keck

Publisher: Macmillian-Tor/Forge

Publication Date: TODAY! (paperback/e-book)

ISBN: 978-1250172525

Source: NetGalley

I really wanted to like this debut fantasy novel.  It was compared to Glen Cook and the adjectives “gritty” and “medieval” were used.  One of me favourite author’s, Tamora Pierce, gave it a four-star review on Goodreads and read it twice.  Hence its appeal.  But this one just did not float me boat.  Instead I had to abandon ship and watch it sink to the watery depths never to be seen again.  I just found the writing style to be dense and confusing.  I would have liked the plot to be more focused.  Also I found the main character, Durand, to be rather flat and not compelling.  I thought I was going to get a character that I didn’t necessarily find admirable but would root for almost despite meself.  Some of me crew members are highly enjoying this one but the little bit that I read was less than stellar.

So lastly . . .

Thank you Macmillian-Tor/Forge!

NetGalley has this to say about the novel:

In the Eye of Heaven is book one of David Keck’s acclaimed and gritty epic fantasy Eye of Heaven trilogy.

Durand is simply a good squire trying to become a good knight in a harsh and unforgiving world.

After fourteen years of grueling training, Durand’s knighthood and inheritance, the lordship of a small village in his father’s duchy, seemed assured. However, Fate saw otherwise. When the long lost son of the knight of that village unexpectedly returns, Durand must forge his own name and fortune.

Disgraced sons, treacherous dukes, plots of murder, and banished monsters—what begins as a young man’s journey to self-discovery quickly turns into a quest to save the World of Man.

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