Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Along the Watchtower by David Litwack

Yesterday, I posted an excerpt of Along the Watchtower. If you thought the book sounded interesting and wanted to know more, well, I'm here with my review!

Along the Watchtower has two plotlines - there is Freddie, the injured war veteran who's sent to recover (he has a lot of emotional pain holding him back). And then there's the Dauphin, a prince of a fantastical kingdom who has to undergo trials and prove himself worthy of being a king, if he fails, his kingdom perishes as well. The two storylines are linked because Freddie plays WoW, and he dreams of being the Dauphin.

I found this story to be really interesting. Freddie was a very well-crafted character, and I was rooting for him from the start. And in his side of the story, there are a whole host of interesting characters, which reminds me of Wilfred Owen's line that war is "the old lie" dulce et decorem est, pro patria mori (it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country). These veterans aren't dead, but they've lost so much, and they're comrades lost even more.

What felt slightly weaker by comparison was the fantasy side. I never did understand what the trials were. I only knew that they were over when the Dauphin mentioned the trial being over. And I still can't figure out how the last trial was overcome - I know love is involved, but not much else. I would have liked a bit more information for this side.

All in all, it's a really interesting read!

Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book as part of a book tour in exchange for my free and honest opinion.

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Along the Watchtower tells of a tragic warrior lost in two worlds; a woman who may be his only way back from Hell. Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes. There Comes a Prophet A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a time of violence and social collapse. Nathaniel has grown up in their world of limits, longing for something more. For what are we without dreams? Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes. David Litwack, the once and future writer, explores the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.Visit David on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

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6 comments :

  1. Great review! I do agree that some of the trials were confusing-especially the last one, but I enjoyed this book a lot like you. Freddie was a character that you were rooting for but not everything went perfectly for him-which I think is more realistic.

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    1. Thank you!

      I agree, Freddie's character was really well-written!

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  2. This is an amazing giveaway. David seems like an interesting guy, and I dig that he enjoys spending time on Cape Cod, which is in my home state. High five to David!

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    1. Cool! I hope you win the giveaway!

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  3. Awesome review, Eustacia. I'm so glad you enjoyed Along the Watchtower. I, too, appreciated the dual story lines and how deftly they were woven together! Thank you for joining us on this tour, and please take a quick moment to cross-post your review to Amazon and GoodReads--both places are huge for helping great books gain exposure.

    Emlyn :-)

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    1. Hi Emlyn,

      Thanks for having me on the blog tour!

      I've already posted to Goodreads, I'll cross-post to Amazon too!

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