Rex is no hero, he’s just a Hartford bartender with a painfully empty social calendar.
But when he meets a strange, sword-wielding woman who asks him to help her with a dragon problem, he ignores his better judgment and offers whatever assistance he can.
Now, he’s beginning to wonder if he’ll ever see his home again.
Or if he even wants to.
Rex was an average guy earning his way as a bartender until he met an unusual woman. She knew nothing of the world she was in, but she knew she needed help with a dragon problem. Rex took her at her word, discovered her name was Kira, and elected to join her on a crazy adventure in another world.
This was definitely a unique take on what I refer to as a ‘portal fantasy’. The main character starts off in the normal world we all know, then finds some way to a mysterious fantasy realm. I’ll leave that way a secret as it’s at the heart of this book.
There are two parts that stand out most in my mind. First is the beginning. I enjoy unique takes on an old theme and this book had it. I also enjoyed the more compact story that surrounded the dragon problem itself. It almost had the feel that it was the original idea and the rest of the book grew around it.
I wish I could love this book, but I just couldn’t. I did enjoy it, however. While books are obviously crafted in such a way the main characters reach their final goal, this particular book felt off. While the author implied great amounts of time passed, the reader wasn’t given any kind of insight into Rex or Kira’s plight. The reader is told, “Time passed” and then voila! The next thing that needed to happen did. While some authors can pull that off without it feeling off, this book wasn’t one of them.
Written in first person, the reader should have a better understanding and connection to Rex. However, Rick Rossing fell into a trap many writers struggle to overcome, the dreaded “Show, don’t tell” conundrum. The story also slips at times and almost seems to become 3rd person instead.
The book itself was a quick and entertaining read, and almost had the feel of a YA book. With a few notable exceptions, it could easily be enjoyed by a younger audience. The more adult audience this book is aimed at may very well be thrown by the telling nature of the book.