Â The Chronicles of Luxaar – From the Back Cover
This short story follows Luxaar, a foreigner to the desert Provence of Zariban, and his troublesome partner The Rat. They plan what is to be a simple heist but nothing goes as planned as soon as they enter the mansion of Rez-Hilkta. Eccentric, recluse and collector of rare items. Once inside they are introduced to a world of magic, strange and bizarre creatures and the stolen princess. Luxaar is forced to adapt to a world he knows nothing about or die. They barely escape the mansion with their lives and the Scrolls of Nida-Darth what they were there for in the first place.
On the way to the city of Hesin where they will meet The Merchant to whom they are going to sell the scrolls. They are forced underground due to a violent sandstorm. Luxaar, The Rat and the Princessâ€™s lives are forever changed as the past comes back to haunt them and Luxaar has his first encounter with Tatharina, the beautiful Blood Goddess.
In Hesin everything goes astray as the scrolls are stolen the day before the sale and Luxaar must find them and get them to The Merchant before time runs out.
My review ofÂ The Chronicles of Luxaar
I loved reading this dark fantasy storyÂ and Iâ€™m looking forward to the next installment of the Luxaar Chronicles. It was packed with action and wtf moments, set in a world where magic is a commonÂ occurrence. While reading it there was no dull moment!
The story is written in first person point of view and follows Luxaar through his misadventures with a touch of magic and mischief. Luxaar is by no means an honorable man, heâ€™s a thief on a quest. Most books (at least the ones I read) have one of the main characters as a hero. The Chronicles of Luxaar is not most books. If anything, Luxaar is the anti-hero of his world. The way Luxaar is portrayed reminded me quite a bit of Riddick (for those who arenâ€™t familiar with the character, Vin Diesel played Richard B. Riddick in Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick). Heâ€™s no gentleman if anything Luxaar is a highly skilled predator and an extreme survivalist. Heâ€™s ruthless, morally flexible and doesnâ€™t think twice about killing what stands between him and his quest. Although this isnâ€™t a particularly gory story, itâ€™s not for the faint of heart either. There are several passages you might want to skip if youâ€™re squeamish about graphic descriptions of blood and death. Such as this:
â€śI drew my bow and fired. The arrow went straight through the door guards throat, causing blood to bubble and spurt around the wound.â€ť
This reminded me again of Riddick talking about his favorite killing method (about the voices in his head â€śThe ones telling me toÂ go for the sweet spot just to the left of the spine, fourth lumbar down, the abdominal aorta. It’s a metallic taste, human blood. Copperish. If you cut it with peppermint schnapps, that goes–â€ť)
But back to the book at hand, Luxaar is not a hero. So when during a heist he finds a beautiful princess tied to a pole and kept prisoner, his first reaction is not to save her but to leave her behind. Â
â€śShe was young, beautiful and not my concern.â€ť
After many pleas from his sidekick, The Rat, and the promise that her people would pay a hefty reward for her safe return, he reluctantly concedes to free her:
â€śFine, free her. But let her know that if she gets in our way or canâ€™t keep up, she is on her own. And if it turns out she is lying to us, I will sell her to the whore houses down in the Swarni district.â€ť
One thing that I loved about this story is that itâ€™s fast-paced, full of action and doesnâ€™t waste time with unnecessary descriptions. The flow of the story is excellent and keeps you on your toes. Perhaps Iâ€™m biased, but knowing it was written by a man I expected a lot of action, not a lot of love and maybe some gore. Let me tell you something; it did not disappoint!
Something that makes this story stand out from other books in the genre is its lack of predictability. Just when you think youâ€™ve figured it out, you realize that nothing is what it seems. It keeps you guessing until the very end and leaves you wanting for more!Â
More aboutÂ The Chronicles of Luxaar
Part two of the Chronicles of Luxaar is set to come out in 2019. When that happens, you’ll be able to read the review here. If you read the book or have any questions about it, let me know in the comment section below.
You can find the book here!