I’ll start by explaining what I’ve been up to this month. I decided to dedicate my entire October (and possibly November too) to reading purely ‘Indie’ and self-published books. (This just refers to my pleasure reading – not novel research.)
Onto my second Indie book review,
The Emperor’s Prey by Jeremy Han
1420, Ming China
Dethroned by his uncle after a civil war, the former emperor Jian Wen narrowly escaped death eighteen years ago by becoming a monk; until his uncle, the Yong Le Emperor ordered his assassins to hunt him down.
Ji Gang, Yong Le’s chief assassin had been ordered to find a ‘dead’ man and kill him again. He had to uncover an eighteen year old trail and face formidable foes that will protect the fugitive at all cost. But he had never failed before.
Bonded by loyalty, Jian Wen’s chief bodyguard Zhao Qi was summoned out of obscurity to protect his master after lying low for eighteen years. A great warrior respected by his foes, he will rise again in the service of his Master.
Yula loved a wanted man. Persecuted by her own people, he was all she had. When he gave her a chance to be free, free to love and live, she seized it regardless of the danger that he will drag her into.
A vast and mysterious empire,
A murderous uncle,
An innocent man,
A team of relentless killers,
A brotherhood of warriors,
A woman who would kill to live,
One final battle
The Emperor’s Prey by Jeremy Han is a riveting read. It is clear that the plot has been excellently researched and developed and he beautifully weaves together the various plot lines and characters.
I like novels with lots of characters so this suited me fine.
I don’t know much about Chinese history unfortunately but I was certainly captivated by the story and the history.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt captivated by it from beginning to end.
All the characters were well thought through and their lives and stories come to life on the page.
Jeremy Han is a fresh talent, and reading his book was a breath of fresh air for me as I am someone who has read a lot and is always on the lookout for something new to grab me – and this certainly did that.
It is well worth a read; lookout for it.
I hope that Jeremy Han keeps on writing and creating, for it would be a real shame if he did not.
I would give the novel 4/5.