A Quiet Vengeance by Tim Hardie SPFBO 9 REVIEW

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This is another review by Kristen/Superstardrifter and for now it’s been marked as safe!

This is the story of Nimsah and Dojan, who live in the city of Bengarath, the capital of the Emirate of Fujareen. 

Nimsah is a street kid, running errands for the gang leader of the tent city she lives in, and Dojan is the crown prince of Fujareen. Their lives intertwine in interesting ways throughout the story, as the neighboring city state of Kandarah has war looming.

Nimsah is an easy character to root for, so the story was easy to get into at first. The one problem I had with immersion is that each chapter is from not only a different point of view, but on a different timeline. Nimsah’s chapters take place in the past, when she and Dojan are children, and Dojan’s chapters take place in the present, when he and Nimsah are adults. Admittedly, this was really offputting at first, but once I got used to it, it was actually a really interesting way of seeing the story unfold.

The world has an interesting history with dragons, and while it wasn’t really detailed in this volume, I imagine that will become perhaps more and more relevant in future books. 

The best thing about this one is that there was no forced romance between Nimsah and Dojan, and it was honestly a bit refreshing. I say that as someone who reads romance more or less the same amount as I read fantasy. I was waiting for it the e ntire novel, and in the end when they parted as no more than friends it was… surprising, shall we say. 

So, in conclusion, the prose was nice, not too simplistic but not too dense, and the story was easy to get into for a few hours at a time. It wasn’t too long, in fact it felt just long enough for what it was. So, I give A Quiet Vengeance 7/10 stars.