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Hunted by Cam J Sterling

 

Benjamin Cade is no stranger to trouble, and he’s even made a living at it. But Ben and his team may find more trouble than they can handle when put on a murder investigation involving men from their own guild. The hunt for a criminal warlord becomes a fight for survival. Ben will lose friends and gain enemies, and that’s only the start of his troubles. Hunted is the first book in a new series, and updates every Tuesday.

Note: Hunted contains some harsh language.


An ongoing series, with new episodes weekly

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Listed: Jan 31, 2014

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A creative juxtaposition of genres

By Emma, author of Undestined

Mar 5, 2014: (based on reading through chapter 8)

If you like your fantasy with a touch of gritty realism, this could very well be a story for you.

"Hunted" has the feel of a Western, the characters of a Fantasy, and narrative style of a Detective-noir novel. And for the most part, the combination works.

The reader is thrown right into the action, which makes it difficult at first to work out what is going on. The main character, and narrator, Benjamin Cade, leads what is best described as a mercenary crew consisting of a gholem, a character with suspected Elvish blood (which in the story is apparently something you don’t talk about), a member of the "Kro Nations" (which seems to be the homeland of some sort of human-like, but extra strong creatures), and Zephyr,the crew’s newest, and only female member who acts as their "deviser and healer". The characters are all introduced very quickly, and because of the use of different nicknames for each of them, are a bit difficult to keep straight. I imagine this problem will work itself out as the story continues.

This is clearly a world with a past, and numerous references are made to wars between the different species that live there, the most recent being against werewolves and other shapeshifters. These references to past events are some of the most intriguing parts of the story, and leave me wanting to keep reading so I can find out more.

The story is not really far enough along to give a complete picture of the plot, but the characters and narration style are intriguing, it is clear that the results of the most recent war are going to have important consequences. The writing does have a quite a few typos and some consistent misuses of grammar, which I found distracting enough to take away some of my enjoyment of the story.

There are also a few issues with the website layout. If you click straight through using the "next" navigation, you end up encountering short stories that are not part of "Hunted", and with no way to navigate back to "Hunted" without using the chapter links on the sidebar.

While there is quite a bit of cliche storytelling devices used, the characters are fairly unique, and I think the story has a lot of potential. As it stands, there isn’t quite enough story yet to really see where it is going. That being said, for anyone interested in fantasy, I would say it is certainly worth a look.

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