A Whisper of Death by Paul Barrett *Review
Posted by brriske
A Whisper of Death
The Necromancer Series
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: December 22, 2015
Cover Artist: Jess Small
Born with the power of ultimate evil, he is the world’s only chance at survival.
Erick Darvaul is a Necromancer, a descendant of the original sorcerers who turned against their dark masters and exiled them. Now these beings have returned, it falls upon Erick and a cadre of newfound allies to rally against these powerful entities and defeat them again.
Through fire, ambush, and betrayal, Erick and his companions claw their way to Broken Mountain to reunite with others who share his ability. There, Erick battles the mortal foe of his ancestors pushing the limits of his Necromantic magic, a force that seeks to corrupt him every time he summons it.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/-Bl3pr4javI
Teaser Video: https://youtu.be/fxcuoyDwGDk
There has seemed to be, in recent years, a major upswing in novels, graphic novels, television programs, et cetera, regarding zombies and the dark magic that creates them. In many cases, that dark magic comes in the form of mankind meddling in natural forces that mankind ought not meddle with and that triggers the oft-mentioned “zombie apocalypse”. In the realm of fantasy writing, that dark magic is usually more literally magic, as is the case with this outing by Paul Barrett. After I finished reading the book, I went to look it up to see if it was part of a series because, for much of the book, it felt as though I had been dropped into a story already in progress. That does not, however, appear to be the case.
I both enjoyed and did not enjoy this book. I know that doesn’t really make sense, but it’s true. I thought the world was remarkably well-developed; it is patently obvious that the author spent a great deal of time on the world, on the way magic works in the world, how the various types of undead differ from one another, et cetera. In the fantasy genre, it is vitally important that the world be internally consistent, and this book definitely has that going in spades. The biggest reason that I did not like the book is that there was just too darn much of it. I felt like the writing was padded out and that there are probably 75+ pages of extraneous material. As a writer, myself, (unpublished, so take that with a grain of salt) it hurts when someone tells you that your “baby” is too wordy. But this book is. It is a remarkable anchor for what could be a remarkable series, and I think that some of the side plots would have been better served by glossing over them in this book, but picking them back up in greater detail in future novels.
Recommended for fans of well-written fantasy who are willing to make a significant time investment. Despite my negative-sounding review, I really did enjoy the book and look forward to seeing where the author goes from here.
About the Author:
Paul has lived a varied life full of excitement and adventure. Not really, but it sounds good as an opening line.
Paul’s multiple careers have included: rock and roll roadie, children’s theater stage manager, television camera operator, mortgage banker, and support specialist for Microsoft Excel.
This eclectic mix prepared him to go into his true love: motion picture production. He has produced two motion pictures and two documentaries: His film Night Feeders released on DVD in 2007, and Cold Storage was released by Lionsgate in 2010
Amidst all this, Paul has worked on his writing, starting with his first short story, about Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, at age 8. Paul has written and produced numerous commercial and industrial video scripts in his tenure with his forcreative agency, Indievision. He has two published short stories (As You Sow and Double Cross) and one self-published novel (Godchild). He lives with his filmmaker/graphic artist partner and their three cats.