Sword & Sorcery seems to be making a comeback. Mostly among indie writers like B.V Larson, Michael Sullivan, David Dalglish, and many others. (Big publishers seem to have forgotten and/or abandoned the genre.)
Among these quality indie Sword & Sorcery writers, there are a lot of imitators, and wannabes. Bayne’s Climb however, is no imitation eBook!
The plot is like a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western, mixed with old school elements of S&S. The main character Bayne, is on a quest for revenge, and is on a personal journey to find out who he is. (Also if you’ve followed Western movies and TV shows, you’ll notice a few references to those. And you will notice that the story could have been made a Western.) I won’t say anymore on plot.
The character of Bayne is a very human protagonist, and I really liked his personality. (He reminded me a bit of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne if they ever were in Fantasy tales.) Bayne kills many people, not always because he wants to, but because they won’t leave him alone. I liked that he wasn’t a mindless killer, and that Johnston made Bayne a character actually thought about his actions, and about the world around him.
Let’s talk about the writing style. The style was short and to the point. I felt like I climbing with Bayne on the gray mountain, and I could hear his sword hacking into flesh and bone. (Ty’s horror stories have helped a lot in his action writing.)
Overall, I really like this novella! I give the book 4 out of 5 stars, and will be reading more of Johnston’s tales!
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Note: Thanks Ty for the free reviewer’s copy!