The blurb dreams:
Even for a charismatic pirate, three years is a long time to chase after an unimaginable treasure hidden in the ruins of an ancient city. But when the fabled riches turn out to be virtually worthless, the outraged crew mutinies and leaves their former captain for dead.
He is rescued by a mysterious king and transported back to a time of dwarves, druids, and fairies. Enchanting as it is, though, his only wish is to return home and find justice—but only the king has the power to return him…for a price.
Aided by a new and motley group of mystical creatures and misfits, he sets out on his quest, ultimately getting caught up in a war he wants nothing to do with—and in the process changing the course of history itself.
I keep saying that I have low expectations for Kindle Owners’ Lending Library books and that I’ve been surprised at how good some of them are, but this book is another example. I think it’s probably because Amazon put the cheapest books they can find in the Library, which means there are a lot of self-published books, and those are of very varied quality because there’s no barrier to entry.
This book is certainly amateurish in places, but that’s usually in descriptions of situations or unrealistic human reactions. The parts where it excels are imagination and originality.
Although I had read the blurb before I read the book, it had been some time so I was going into it with fresh eyes. There were two times that the book surprised me with a major twist, and that was a big factor in making me like it.
This book is the first part of a trilogy, so predictably it left as many plot arcs open as it closed, but it was still pretty satisfying. The other books in the trilogy have already been released, so there’s no wait to find out what happens.