Sirensbane (Kal Moonheart Series Book 3) by Rob May
An Adventure/Thriller Novel published by Firebound Books (04/01/2015)
‘Taking down dragons is no easy task, of course, but if you know their weaknesses and you have a good plan, it can be done!’ (Kindle Locations 3540-3541).
Sirensbane is the third installment in the Kal Moonheart series. In this book Kal gets caught up in another adventure, this time mostly at sea and the Auspice Islands. Her dear friend Lula is cursed and the island she used to call home is overrun with zombies, or so her superstitions tell her. It is up to Kal to break the curse and save the islands and their people from a cruel takeover by a man turned evil with power and corruption. Like most of the adventures Kalina jumps into, there is more going on below the surface.
Young Heroine, Adventure, Gambling, Fighting, Strong Females, Pirates, Zombies, Power, Ships, Mythology, Islands, Vudu, Superstition, Drugs, Drinking
I like how May creates a full and rich world to place his main character Kalina Moonheart ‘The Dragon Killer’ into. The world is full of its own history and its own mythology. There are multiple different land massess and cultures and different kinds of people. It’s a new world without confusion or too many intricacies to keep track of. May lays out the land over the course of each of his books so that the world is vibrant and full in the reader’s mind and comes alive bit by bit.
Sirensbane is full of superstition, magic, and curses… and Kal is in the thick of it. Kal is the most swashbuckling, romanticized pirate, fun character, butt-kicking, adventure seeking, young and full of life character that she’s ever been in the entire series. She comes into her own in Sirensbane and is the coolest character here. May has blossomed her throughout the series to come to her most exciting personality and role in this book. It may just be that May writes pirates dashingly well, but I thought this book was the best of the series (so far) and every plot point clicked into place effortlessly.
With Kal and the mysteries surrounding her adventures, there’s always more going on! At first they seem like subplots but eventually all of them merge up into the overarching plot and eventually to the climax of the story that has pulled Kal in. May gives the readers a full on fighting climax with guns blazing and swords drawn, and when the battle is over there is yet more action to come. The ending was masterfully handled.
As always, Rob May has a plethora of twists and turns and truths and lies that veil the plot in a thicket of mystery to intrigue the reader and keep up the fast pace of the story. He also reveals what you think is the plot almost at once to hook you: Lula wants Kal to help break the islander’s zombie curse. As usual, though, May has a lot more going on to keep your interest and the mystery alive.
This book had a very Pirates of the Caribbean feel. People were roguish, there was lots of fighting, and lies and greed ruled the people and towns.
I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys the adventures and strength of Tarzan, the fun cockiness of Crocodile Dundee, or a novel with a young kick-butt female hero.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
This novel was published by Firebound Books 04/01/2015 and is available on Amazon here.
TLDR Star Rating: 4.75
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