Author: Robert Adams
Publisher: Mundania Press
Buy Link: Buy Swords of the Horseclans Here!
Rating: Leave it on the Shelf
Reviewed By: Nerine
The blood-soaked blade of war.
For seven hundred years, the Undying High Lord Milo has been building his Confederation, leading the Horseclans slowly across the lands once known as the United States, absorbing city-states and nomadic tribes alike, some by peaceful means, some by the sword
But now his enemies have banded together into an army far larger than Milo can muster. Led by an ancient and evil intelligence, this wave of unstoppable destruction is thundering swiftly down upon the Confederation forces.
And Milo has no choice but to call upon all his allies, from the smallest troop of mountain warriors to the notorious pirate ships of the Lord of the Sea Isles, in a final desperate attempt to save the Confederation from seemingly certain doom…
This author seems to have a good pedigree in the industry, so I decided to give Robert Adams a shot. And, while I generally am able to give most authors a fair chance, I had to admit failure with this novel. Yes, I do read military SF and fantasy from time to time. And that’s not the problem with this novel. It’s the author’s style, which is unnecessarily wordy, verging on purple.
Viewpoint provided a massive stumbling block. Adams moves readers from character to character when and how it’s convenient for him to tell the story. To the point where it’s impossible to relate to any of the characters nor keep track of who says or does what.
Unpronounceable names left my head spinning. Story arcs are scattered haphazardly, with little rhyme or reason. Dialogue smatters of “As you know, Bob” type telling. Let me not even get started on the way women are represented.
The only aspect of the writing that was mildly interesting was the military strategy. But then to be honest, there are dozens of military writers who’ve got a stronger handle on characterization, dialogue and narrative structure who’re worth reading again and again than staggering through this work. I wanted to like Adams’s writing, but yeah, this one didn’t work out like I’d hoped. It might be a fault of the reader but in this novel’s case I think the target market would have to be die-hard fans. And I’m sure they’re out there.