The Start of an Epic Fantasy!

Salvation's Dawn (Eve of Redemption, #1)Salvation's Dawn by Joe Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A complex and descriptive read!
Joe Jackson has created a fascinatingly complex world with depth and consistency (including varied races, religions, histories, countries, etc) that captures the reader’s curiosity. His descriptions throughout were clear and well written which made is easy to picture both the world and it’s inhabitants while reading. However, at times, it was a little too detailed/ descriptive, which I feel detracted from the story as whole (although, I generally prefer minimal description when I read, so for many I do not think this would be an issue). I also struggled a bit with the pacing, as it was not consistent, though some of this comes from the fact that the author needed to lay a thorough foundation for a story of this scope, which he did wonderfully. Now, while in the beginning I had a harder time connecting with the characters (again, I believe due to the necessary world building) after the first couple chapters I began to quickly fall in love with them. His cast of characters was wide and varied, and each had its own distinct voice, so by the end you not only love the individual characters but how they function as a group. I particularly loved his development of the character Erik. His lead, Karian, is beautifully complex and makes for a wonderful, strong protagonist with a lot of heart. Joe Jackson brought this novel to a wonderful close that was both thorough and pleasing while setting up questions and mysteries for the next book. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys epic fantasy!

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