Red Harvest Moon was published in 2021 is the first book in the Wandering Knife series. The book is available on Kindle Unlimited.
I received a digital copy of this book from the author for an honest review. I also purchased a paper copy on my own to support the author.
What I Liked:
- The characters were likable and fun. Their banter back and fourth was hilarious and genuine.
- The environments are described very well. You always know where you are in a village or in a forest, you always feel as though you’re in the world with the characters. The way the environments are described reminded me of walking through a village in an MMO or an RPG like Skyrim.
- The villain’s are great and the backstory was intriguing. I want to know more about them.
- The action scenes are well done.
- There are some flashbacks that are well timed and well done.
- The is enough lore given to you for you to enjoy the story, but not so much that it’s a ton of bricks and you are overwhelmed. That said, I’m looking forward to the rest of this series to learn more about this world.
- Anticipation and that feeling of imminent doom is well done.
What I Didn’t Like:
- Being a reader that enjoys characters, I would have liked a little more character moments and back story.
- A few times the characters say one thing but shortly thereafter do another.
Final Thoughts and Rating:
This is a great first entry for a fantasy series, and a debut for the author. It’s long enough that you get a good story but not too long that it takes a lot of time to read. I feel invested in the characters, lore and world enough that I want to come back to this world and know what happens next. There are some hilarious moments between the characters. It does a good job of going from a heartfelt moment, to action and gore without feeling abrupt. Although I would have liked more character moments, with a book this long and the story I received it’s not a huge problem. If you’re into fantasy it’s definitely a book to check into and keep an eye on this series.
Rating: 4 flicking eye flesh out of a spoon like a grape out of 5