Just Another Struggling Writer

The lamentations of yet another person struggling to write a novel.

Fiction Friday; The Road to Hell

I had done what I had for the right reasons. If not for the lie, we wouldn’t have marched out to protect the empire at all.

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

It took a little longer than I would like, but I finally finished We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson. Though I really enjoyed the first half, I feel like the latter 50% fell off. The three different storylines became kind of tedious and predictable by the end, and none of the mysteries laid out were even remotely answered. The ending I felt extremely meh about, but there was something else that bothered me about the whole book.

A lot of the culture depicted in the story felt heavily Asian appropriated, even while it centered white coded characters. Madson is a white woman, so this came across as, well, gross. I understand that Madson originally self published, before getting picked up for trad pub, but I have a hard time believing this was given a sensitivity read at any point in the process when it really could have used one.

I don’t know that I’ll continue with this series. I just feel… sort of underwhelmed. The first half had a lot of promise that the second didn’t quite live up to, and the lead to the sequel just doesn’t seem interesting to me.

All told I’d give it 3 out of 5.

Next up on my TBR: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do, so I better get to it. Ta!

Kerry Share

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Kerry Share’s love for writing started, as it so often does, as a love of reading at an early age. At age 11 she wrote her first short story, a Harry Potter knockoff of dubious quality, and her love for creative expression was born. Throughout her teen years she continued to foster that passion through derivative work, and at 23 she turned her eye to original fiction.

Now in her thirties, having taken a break from creative endeavors to cope with an ever changing life and landscape, she is determined to make her dream of a writing career reality.

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