Review: Unspoken

unspokenUnspoken by Kerrigan Byrne

He’s cursed with eternal silence…

Roderick MacLauchlan is death for hire. Blessed by an ancient Deity with Berserker rage, he has the strength of ten men. Cursed by a malicious enemy, he’s incapable of speech. A desperate clan war rages around him and a malevolent adversary lurks in the darkness, calling for blood.
Evelyn Woodhouse is an English refugee with a dangerous secret. She has the ability to see the outcome of tomorrow’s battle and knows they’re on the wrong side of it. When a doomed and silent mercenary rescues her from a fate worse than death, it seems he has his own plans for her. This is his last night alive and she’s never been able to defy destiny.

Book Review:

Warning: This is a novella, not a novel. It’s total length is about 60 pages give or take a few.

I’ll admit I normally read the book blurb as well as others’ reviews before I go and decide to read a book. That doesn’t mean I won’t read it at all though. That was the case for this book. I saw a number of poor reviews; many citing extreme erotica and redundant sex scenes. They may have been talking about the trilogy as a whole or maybe not. Who knows. I do know that there were no explicit sex scenes. I have read a lot of erotica and this was not erotica. It did showcase a very touching sexual scene but the words were not vulgar and the scene not explicit. It was written with good taste IMO and I wanted to clarify with the people who are reading those reviews that the truth of the matter was: 2 sex scenes and nothing lewd.

Alrighty..on with the review. For it being a novella, I strongly feel the story was written very well. You would not imagine how complicated it can be to write a thorough and entertaining short story or/and novella. The tension in this book was captivating and moved the story onward. Evelyn’s ability to see the future, and in this story seeing the death of a man and then fearing the death, and then trying earnestly to prevent that death all in 60 short pages…that’s pretty impressive.

I do believe there is a fine line where this should stay a novella and where it would have been a nice novel. That’s a promising comment regarding a story.

My personal verdict: 9/10

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