First off, I'm a massive Stephen King fan. Huge. Except for his gunslinger stories. Don't ask me why, because I honestly don't know but I've never been able to get past the first 50 pages of the first in the sequence. Why is that important? Because S.A.Hunt's work shares many points of reference with Kings Dark Tower. Gunslingers, fantasy setting, heroic figures. Unlike Kings work however, I managed to finish this one. More than that, I enjoyed it.
King has a style that is easy to read, pleasant on the inner ear and provides great skull cinema. Hunt, well, he's not quite there. That being said, how many are? Hunt's work reads fluidly, is entirely internally consistent and has some good ideas buried within it. Not great ideas though, but good ones, decently written well edited and professionally packaged. It was also free. Gratis. No charge. I would have picked this up in a charity shop and risked a few quid on it, which says far more about me than the writer I assure you, and wouldn't have begrudged spending the money. Will I be reading the others in the sequence? No. It didn't grab hold and demand I find out what happens, which, being honest once again, says far more about me and my ambivalence towards the genre. High fantasy and guns just don't work for me. If they work for you then read this book. If you enjoyed the Dark Tower, then read this book. And if you like to pick something up and be surprised by how good self-publishing has the potential to be, then get this book. I promise, you won't be disappointed.