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Review of The Destroyer by Michael-Scott Earle

Review of The Destroyer by Michael-Scott EarleThe Destroyer by Michael-Scott Earle
Series: The Destroyer
on February 20th, 2016
Genres: Epic, Fantasy
Pages: 402


After untold centuries of absence, the evil Ancients have returned. Their magic appears unstoppable and their hunger for conquest is insatiable. To protect the country of Nia, Duchess Nadea and Scholar Paug make a desperate journey to find a human legend: A man known to have destroyed these Ancient foes with a powerful army.

But legends can lie.

When Paug and Nadea revive their hero from sleep, his virtue is far from clear.

Is he really their Savior or their Destroyer?

First off, because it’s been a while since I wrote reviews, let me remind you I’m a terribly picky reader, which might explain why I’m on the fence about this book. There were chapters I really enjoyed, and others that I really didn’t. One problem was that I didn’t like one of the POV characters, the other problem was that I didn’t care much for one female character that ended up with one of the main characters. I won’t say which here as I don’t want to spoil any surprises.

I’d have to say the world itself is a little on the simple side. Nothing detailed, nothing surprising, nothing stepping outside the norm. What keeps the reader interested is Kaiyer. In the first chapter, he’s raised after hundreds of years from some sort of slumber so he can help the current world rid itself of some bad guys he rid it of so long ago. However, based on an inscription on his resting place, it leads us to believe that he wasn’t such a nice guy, and he doesn’t remember if he’s good or bad, but he wants to be good, which is why his POV is interesting to me. He gets his memories back in chunks, and the author does a good job keeping those clear by using different chapters for the longer flashbacks. What it shows us keeps us guessing. Is Keiyer good or bad? I’ll tell you, you don’t know by the end of the book. This is definitely a series, and there’s many questions you’re left with. Didn’t bother me in the least, but I’m giving heads up to those that like each book to close out cleanly.

As for the other characters, Paug was my least favorite, and we had quite a few chapters in his POV, which I sadly started to skim. I didn’t feel I lost any information from them. The character is a young man and, for me, I just didn’t connect with him at all. I can’t really say why. Perhaps it was his voice. Too young of a character to engage me, which is why I rarely read young adult. The other characters just blended together. However, I will say the Woodsman has me interested, but sadly we hardly spent any time with him. He was a character I think I would have liked. The women are gorgeous and stereotypical: the adorable spoiled princess, and the stronger fighter type, both of which turned uncertain and lustful towards our main character. Whatever strengths they started out with just dwindled away. What I liked about them in the beginning was overshadowed by their weakening with the story. Such a shame.

There’s sex. Graphic sex. I’ve never read erotica, but I can’t imagine they could get more detailed. Didn’t bother me, but some might find it excessive. Honestly, you can skip them and lose nothing for the story. For those that like sex scenes, happy reading. However, Kaiyer really wants sex, and there’s no escaping his thoughts about it. I guess since he’s been asleep, he kinda has tunnel vision. Unfortunately, by the middle, I was bored with his POV and Paug. Which left only the chapters about his past that kept me interested. Such a shame because it started out really strong for me.

As for the writing, there were some typos and odd analogies. The thing I found most distracting was the dialog tags. When you’re with a group of people, it’s important to know who’s talking. The dialog tags were at the end of the paragraph, so I had to read ahead to find out who was talking, then go back and start the paragraph. It got annoying the longer I read, especially with my interest waning.

The pacing was good. It had some action scenes thrown in when things got a bit slow. Kept me going. For me, the action scenes ended up being a bit long. That’s an odd thing for me to say, and it could honestly be because the story lost its grip on me.

All that said, it started out really strong, and I’ve read some reviews for the next books that say the story only gets better. And for this book, it’s rated very well on Goodreads. Though this book left me curious about Kaiyer, there’s so many books on my list that I can’t say if I will ever get to them. As of today, the ebook is free, so you could always download it and give it a go.

About Michael-Scott Earle

I am a part time writer but try to complete 2-3 novels a year. I’m currently working on a space opera series and have outlines for a supernatural horror series, a Western horror series, a futurist cyber-punk series, a comedic fantasy series, and a series in the Destroyer universe that will take place a few months after the end of book 4.

I own an advertising business and I am partner/founder of a small software company that produces EMR tracking for agencies that work with individuals with developmental disabilities.

When I am not working or writing I enjoy cycling (road and mountain), guitar/bass guitar playing, esoteric music, reading, exercising, and spending time with my family.

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