On a research mission in one of the most remote regions of the world, former Navy SEAL Eric Slade and Dr. Anna Fayne are caught in a mysterious storm. Catapulted through a rift in space-time, they are marooned on a lost world.
Struggling to survive and desperate to find a way home, they must confront the dangers of this savage land—a dark wizard and his army of undead—a warrior queen and her horde of fierce Neanderthals that stands against him—and a legendary treasure with the power to open the gateway between worlds, or to destroy them all: the Eye of the Storm.
Eye of the Storm by Frank Cavallo
I absolutely love the idea of Eye of the Storm. With space-time travel, ancient cultures, warrior queens and dark sorcerers, the synopsis alone was enough to draw me in. It seems like a mix of everything I love to read, so what could go wrong, right?
Unfortunately, while the idea is excellent the execution left a lot to be desired. I’m all for good world building, but a story cannot move forward on world building alone. You have to find some sort of balance between the world you’re showing the reader and the characters that drive your story. Most of the time it felt as though Cavallo was too busy trying to fit as of this world he created into the book and let his characters and the story itself definitely suffered for it. A lot of the time I was just plain confused, there was far too much going on and I never really got a good grasp on the universe itself. I thought I had, but then all of the sudden a random cyborg burst in and frankly at that point, my brain gave up on trying to understand seeing as nothing about the way the world worked up to that point had ever indicated that cyborgs were a thing, seeing as until then the world had been influenced on magic and magic alone.
And if the rules of the world were bad, the characters where definitely worse. Even after finishing the book, I could not possibly tell you what motivated any one of the characters, why they were the way they were or why they made the choices they did. The author spent far too much time on describing the environment in excruciating detail, from the smallest brick in a building to how the light falls in the area surrounding it and not nearly enough on developing the characters. The most significant character development even happened off page during a one year time lapse!!! I’ll be honest, when I read the one sentence that basically amounted to “it is now one year later” and realised just how much the characters were supposed to have developed during that time I nearly put the book down for good, especially when immediately after the author went into a three paragraph, excruciatingly detailed description of what the character was now wearing.
After finishing this book I was left terribly disappointed. It had so much potential and I was so ready to love it but unfortunately it just not live up to expectations.