Tucker Littlefield is a liar, a thief, a con-man . In an attempt to take advantage of a party thrown by the King, he becomes involved in a kidnapping – the King’s niece, Elizabeth, to be exact. Because of his fear of the dark as well as heights, and a good many other things, he finds himself stabbed and bleeding to death. To save him, a Shaman for the Jonda – Daneba – turns him into a soul bearer for the Kindred. In an effort to find Lizie, Littlefield finds the Norha instead and their leader Tahki – a cannibalistic tribe the lives under a volcano that will leave no stone unturned to find Lizie. Littlefield is blackmailed into her recovery. Will the help of his companion, Enon, help them save Lizie…and themselves?
“Transformed by a primitive magic beyond a civilized man’s understanding, I was given a horrible gift that no man should possess… It held me, twisted me, turning me at its bidding. I was enslaved by its power, compelled to devour the souls of the dead until I became the monster of my fears. I have seen things I wish never to see again. I have done things of which I wish never to speak. Yet I must if I am to find the answers to fulfill my hope. I have walked upon blue ribbons of molten stone to peer into the depth of a man’s soul. I watched as a promise made at birth brought my friend Enon to sacrifice everything to become whole again – all in an effort to save the life of his child. I have cried without shame for the loss of all I hold dear and for fear that the future will hold more than I can bear. I am Tucker Littlefield. Know all that I say now is true-spoken.”
Review: I found this work to be rather strange. Now, that may really work for some folks. It reads more like that of an historical recollection of a person who came in contact with some kind of ancient and savage tribe and reminded me of some old western movies where native Americans practice their strange mysticism using some kind of hallucinating potion with fire, smoke, and weird dreams in the mix.
There are some pretty good scenes in the story, but there is very little character development.
I became lost and confused in the story far too often causing me to put it down for a while with the hope that it might make sense when I returned to it and read a little further. Sometimes it worked, others, no.
I believe the problem lies in the lack of phraseology. There are simply too many phrases in this work that could be interpreted different ways. Interpret one or two the wrong way, and one becomes utterly confused. I would recommend getting an editor to get those phrases sorted.