The blurb for “The Pathos of Rowan Jun” sums up the story and yet intrigues you even more. “Bury your human soul in the heart of a warrior” As an avid reader over many genres (Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Non Fiction) I was excited to dive in, curious of the world Tamara Henson created of Unata and this so-called warrior Rowan Jun.
With no warning I found myself smack dab in the middle of action from the start. Some enjoy this type of beginning; others prefer an intro or prologue. But considering the author explains previous events in full detail all while keeping the action packed story moving swiftly along – a prologue would be of no use here. Written in third person I felt I was walking along side Rowan Jun cheering him on every step of the way. I felt his pain, his sorrow and his joy. I became the warrior myself.
With 12 original illustrations shuffled in the 234 pages it made character connection all the more realistic. As with many Fantasy/Epic novels the writing style is informal. I think this was done intentionally. Dialogue between characters is clear and at times humorous – such as real life. My favorite excerpt, “Darkness hides in us all, Rowan Jun. But so does greatness!”
From the opening sentence to the very last period; this story not only held my attention, but threw me head first in a very strange world. Even if you are not a fan of Fantasy writing I suggest you give The Pathos of Rowan Jun an honest chance. You won’t be disappointed.
Have you read any good books lately? Let me know! I’m always open for suggestions.