Saturday, January 11, 2014

Misfits Trek (The Talan Revolt #4) - A Book Review

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Misfits Trek (The Talon Revolt #4) by John Blackport

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
—Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces

When I was chosen to review John Blackport’s latest novel, Misfits Revolt (A Talan Revolt #4), I was excited and a little nervous.  Excited to learn a new (to me) author’s style of writing but also a new genre – fantasy.  Nervous because this author trusted me to honestly review his book.

I’m thankful to say that I thoroughly enjoyed both the author’s style of writing and his story.  His hero, Rick Rivoire, is what many would call “A Man’s Man” and yet he is gentle enough so that women are attracted to him.

The hero, in this case, Rick Rivoire, must face three key phases in his journey.  These three phases seem to occur within each book of John Blackport’s series.  The first phase is the departure where he leaves his home and familiar surroundings around the age of 10.  The initiation phase of his journey tests his character, which he must pass successfully in order to grow and fulfill his destiny.  Rick’s final, and possibly most difficult, phase is his return to the field in order to fight for what he believes is justice.  He cannot fail.

A Gamer’s Delight

I have ready many books about magic, vampires, elves, drama, and romance.  This book had them all and more!

John Blackport, author, spins words like no other.  From the first page, I was hooked and unable to put the book down.  The descriptions so clear that at times I not only saw and heard what was happening, I felt their every emotion.

The story opens with a daring, if not impossible, rescue of captives on their way to a mass execution in San Bitante.  Rick Rivoire, the lead character, appears to be in the third phase of the hero’s journey.  He has already left his familiar surroundings and been faced with trials that tested his character.  Now he is armed with knowledge, magic, along with a band of misfits – endearingly called “The Cornered Rats” – and is ready to defy his country leaders in order to stand up against slavery and religious persecution.

Just as if you were playing a game, travel along with Rick as he searches for love, fights vampires, strengthens his magical powers, and faces each situation with heart in order to triumph over evil.

A must read!

Rules of Engagement:

  • All humans are born with five lives or “Gifts”.  This sounds fantastic, except the bad guys have five gifts as well.
  • Cavalry officers are able to fire magic from the palms of their hands and conjure up smokemares.
  • Magic must be replenished and can only be done so in specific places so pistols, swords, and actual horses are used whenever possible.
  • From the human’s standpoint, ogres are good and elves are bad.
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