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    Fascinating future history

    Covering the ground from Osaka to Tokyo, James Litherland’s Whispers of the Dead takes readers to a curious future, where the mysterious Batsu rule from fortified cities, and the people outside struggle in slums of abject poverty. But the land is still beautiful, and the author’s writing brings many peoples and places to life, as he follows rebellious but fiercely principled Roshike from failure to the promise of a brave new task. The history of this future world is nice hidden, with bits and pieces revealed very naturally – enough to satisfy the reader’s immediate curiosity without denying imagination. Of course, Roshike himself doesn’t know, and won’t learn everything in this book. There’s enough to reveal the slavery of security, the evil of financial ruin, and the flavor of good vs evil without ever quite knowing the why, though this reader, for one, hopes more will be revealed in future books. Roshike and his allies are surely a force for great change, filled with mystery, loyalty, strength and secret goodwill. From technological marvel to mountain of peace, from hardscrabble city to smooth clean streets, and from death outside to life within, Whispers of the Dead is an enjoyable complete novel with the promise of more to come. Disclosure: I won a copy and I offer my honest review.
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    Whispers of the Dead

    Ok. Litherland definitely has me hooked on this new series. I found myself completely wrapped up in the story, trying to guess what would come next while also loving the intricate world that he’s created. The plot was intriguing. Litherland kept me on my toes throughout, always wanting to know more yet loving where the story was in the moment. The characters that he has created round out the story well. They were the type of people that I instinctively wanted to get to know on every level. I loved how Litherland develops them slowly, leaving more for me to get to know later as if I had truly met these individuals in person. World building in this novel was complex but also easy to follow. All aspects of the world came to life in very unique manner that really allowed me to picture it. I enjoyed the way that many aspects are developed subtly, creating an even more poignant and loud development. At the same time, Litherland has also left room for further development in future novels in the series. Litherland is a wildly imaginative and skilful author who draws readers into the new and complex worlds that he creates. This is a fantastic launch to his new series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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