Welcome back! It’s the last Monday in January and another book review here at the Manic Writer. I can’t believe January is almost over and yet it feels like it’s been 2017 forever. Maybe that’s because I’ve spent most of it either writing or reading. Today I’m reviewing an Indie author. I read many Indie books because I enjoy stepping out of the mainstream. You never know what you might find there. It’s not always gold, but if I don’t love it, I put it down and move on.
I’ve seen a lot of hate for Indie authors lately and it makes me sad. Someone said they never read Indie books because they’d been disappointed by the ones they had read. That seems like we’re throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Have I read terrible Indie books, yes but I’ve also read terrible traditionally published books too. (As a rule, I don’t leave a negative review, if I can’t finish the book I just put it down and move on. This is the same for both Indie and traditionally published books.) If you aren’t sure of an Indie book check the reviews. How many are there? Are they good or do they seem to all say the same thing? If you still aren’t sure, download the kindle sample and try it, or contact the author and ask for more information on it. They’ve probably blogged about it somewhere.
I’m just asking you to give Indies a chance. Books today are sold in two ways, by the popularity of the author, and by reviews. Indie authors rely on reviews until they become better known. If you read an Indie author, please be kind and leave a review. If you love an Indie author, they’ll love you back!
Today I am reviewing Devotion (The Afflicted Saga: Tale of the Fallen Book 1) by Katika Schneider.
Nessix has inherited her position as General long before she expected to and, though she’s trained for it all her life, she still has a lot to learn. Her father’s spirit asks the goddess Etha to help Nessix, and she agrees to send the White Paladin, Mathias, to guide her in the coming war against the demons who seek to take over the land. Nessix must overcome her pride and doubt in order for him to help them though. Will she accept his guidance and wisdom, hard earned in battle many years ago, before it’s too late?
My relationship with Nessix was a love/hate one. I loved how tough and independent she was and the mother in me wanted to send her to her room and tell her to grow up. Schneider does an amazing job of creating a believable character you can identify with and want to scream at all at once.
I found Mathias easier to love though he had his frustrating moments as well. His wisdom and skill, and his willingness to serve and put others needs before his own make him lovable to everyone but the one he wants to impress. His teasing relationship with his Goddess Etha shows his vulnerable human side making him even more believable.
Finally, there is one more player in Devotion I’d like to mention. The Pawn. I pulled my hair out trying to figure out who this was. Which of Nessix’s loyal subjects was lying and colluding with the enemy? Every time I thought I knew I was wrong. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out for yourself. <grin>
The twists and turns of Devotion kept me turning pages, and the ending broke my heart. (A little matter I’ve taken up with the author herself who promises me book 2 is on its way and I will find relief.) When I’d read the final words, I sat still on my couch, tears glistening in my eyes as I calmed myself. It was not the ending I’d expected and I love Schneider for it even as I cry. I am eagerly looking forward to the sequel, Deception, when it’s released. She’s promised to let me know ASAP. I’ll read and review it as quickly as I can for you!
About the author: Katika Schneider is a lover of literary adventure and notorious breaker of writing rules, Katika Schneider’s been an obsessive writer for most of her life. She started out writing for herself before surrendering to her characters’ demands, and began pursuing publication in 2014. She’s a firm believer that everyone has a story to tell.
Holding her degree in Animal Science, Kat planned on attending veterinary school until incisions started making her faint. Today, her non-writing hobbies include classical horsemanship, collecting garden gnomes, customizing toy horses, binge watching anime, and rolling around on the floor making stupid noises with her awesome dog. She lives with her husband and their abundant family of critters. (from her Amazon profile)
Devotion (The Afflicted Saga: Tale of the Fallen Book 1) is available on Amazon in Kindle for $3.99 and paperback for $14.99. Click through and get your copy today!
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