- Paperback: 460 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1 Dec. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1466395451
- ISBN-13: 978-1466395459
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
Angels' Bane: The Empire of Heaven — Book I: Volume 1 Paperback – 1 Dec 2011
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About the Author
Ryan Kunz has a love of science fiction and fantasy, writing, the outdoors, and pizza. He is one of the world's foremost self-declared experts on theoretical time travel and divides his time between several blogs, schooling, deciphering the mind games of the opposite sex, and trying to overcome his irrational fear of homeless people. Ryan is an advertising major at Brigham Young University and may one day be one of the richest men in the world.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
That being said, the book is overflowing with action, rife with interstellar conflict and intrigue that never quite lets you know what's around the next corner. Fans of Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Ender's Game will love this book. Not only does it touch on related themes (the Knights Rehad bear a medium to strong resemblance to Jedi Knights, for example), but it also introduces enough of its own original thematic narrative to clearly distinguish itself from the "me too" sic-fi/fantasy thrillers. While at first glance the Knights Rehad may seem like cousins to the Jedi, they are really only similar enough to provoke the comparison, nor are they the protagonistic focus. (The details deserve to be left for the reader's enjoyment).
Undertones and questions that play out just below the novel's surface concerning religion, honor, utilitarianism, and more will engage the philosophical reader, while the explosions, pirates, jet-packs, and gladiators will keep the action-seeker gripped like a "grav-projecter". Well developed worlds, cultures, and rich descriptions will engulf the reader of the first of this promising series. Enjoy!
The greatest strength of the book is certainly the story. It is fast paced and intelligent, not resorting to cheap tricks to get the reader to continue. That being said, the greatest weakness of the book is its lack of quality scripting between characters as mentioned by other reviews. Given that this is a first effort though it is easily forgivable.
In sum, this book is worth the time, the money, and whatever else you have to pay to read it. I loved it the entire time. The ending is especially good, and it has caused me to greatly look forward to the next book in the series.