C D Verhoff has demonstrated a lively imagination with this book. It is full of wonderful characters and interesting scenarios, where the author presents the reader with numerous, possible and even believable, situations that could arise after two catastrophes. We have knights, lords and princes meeting mutant creatures; with a dose of magic and curious paranormal powers also in the blend. Surviving humans are faced with the results of a nuclear holocaust and a plague brought to the Earth by aliens. The story does wander away at times when C D Verhoff presents a little too much description to the reader, which diverts the reader’s attention from the exciting central plot which is developing nicely. Of course it could be that there was so much explanation needed for this incredible new world because of the other novels in this series. A fact that I was unaware of since this was my first experience of the author’s work. I thought that Promised Land was the first book of the Galatia Series but we are told, after the story seems to conclude, that there is a Prequel called Red The First.
I enjoyed the mix of science fiction, fantasy and apocalyptic vision, and feel that this is done extremely well. The writer is to be congratulated for an absorbing meal cooked up from those ingredients. I liked the characters of Josie, Lars and Red very much and was kept guessing throughout the story about the likelihood of the first two becoming an “item”, while the sanity and religious devotion of Red is another question. There is no doubt in my mind that this fascinating tale will appeal to lovers of both of the genres mentioned above. If I have a negative criticism at all it is that there were some points in the text where I felt another glance from a copyreader could have improved a couple of typos that jumped out at me.
Rating: 4 stars (WOW BLOG)