I cannot say it started well, as the first few lines of page 1 seemed to be all too distracting. Also how Xiro was portrayed was peculiar, I would have liked for the story to have done a better job of explaining any questions a fable fan might have. It's not a fable tale that will give you any insight into Jack of blades beyond what you could infer from the games. Instead it ends in a most lame fashion.
What I have said might appear scaling and contradict my rating however if read with no presumptions for something who knows fable lore in can be surprising (for its inaccuracy) and has an effective enough plotline you'd read through it.
I'd recommend this to those who want to read a side tale or die hard fan or even someone with little concern for fable lore as they will find it enjoyable but to others I leave it to you to make a choice.
At 30 pages, the book is quite short. However, it's 77p and I more than felt like I got my money's worth.
With respect to the source material, the book is wonderful and answers the difficult question of how to define a villain that is nigh on undefeatable, evil and can seemingly bend space and time whilst telling the story of a reluctant hero.
The answer is the brilliant and I won't spoil it.
The ending left me with a large grin on my face and was genuinely the best ending to a book I have read in a long, long, time.
Jack of Blades has always been quite a mysterious villain in Fable and I was curious to know more about him, the story didn't go into Jack's past but it did give me a surprise with the twist at the end, it shows just how evil Jack can be. I was a little confused as to when this book takes place, was it before the events of the first Fable game or after?
Anyway even though it was short I thought this was a brilliant book, well worth the read in my opinion. The best in the short Fable stories.
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It's only 35 pages which is nothing but it is a short and somewhat interesting read to any fans of the original game. It doesn't particularly shed much light on Albion or Jack of Blades, but i suppose for description was sacrificed for narrative. For the cheap price you can't go wrong.