They Eat Their Own by Amanda K. King and Michael R. Swanson
Publishing: May 19, 2020 by Ismae Books
Previous Book in the Series: #1 – Things They Buried
Just a Few Words: Again….this is a dark fantasy/science fiction series – for adults. Oh…I loved it! The unexpected becomes the norm!
They Eat Their Own by Amanda K. King and Michael R. Swanson is the second in the Thung Toh Jig Science Fiction/Fantasy series.
First, let me thank the authors, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Series Background: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
The Port of Dockhaven is a strange city on the planet of Ismae, filled with all manner of beings. Although the worlds of science and mythology collided, and the residents may look different, have different skin colours (really different), and have different degrees of intellect, they mingle as one. Aliara Rift is an operative in the Thung Toh, a secret organization that is paid to perform almost any task for those that will pay. She and her lover, Duke Sylandair Imythedralin, recently killed the monster Orono who had owned and abused them most of their lives.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Aliara feels it is time to get back to work. She thinks her body has healed enough after the abuses she put it through while battling Orono. She is quickly given an assignment, but has to work with Dreg, a young and intelligent member of the Thung Toh, but who is impetuous and prone to mistakes. Aliara hires Schmalch to scout out the building they must enter.
Meanwhile Sylandair, during the Sower’s Gala, discovers that a contract has been placed on his head. Not sure who wants him dead, he continues with the festivities, but is alert. He wonders if it is Flark, who owns a large number of properties, and is determined to own the building that Sylandair and Aliara call home. Then again, Sylandair has made more than one enemy in the political and business worlds of his country.
As well, Nihal Savesti has still not been located, and her attempts to recreate Orono’s experiments into immortality could be deadly to everyone. Sylandair is intent on making sure she cannot access the items she needs to complete her undertaking.
Please read the first book in the series before attempting this one. In one way, this new book could be read as a stand-alone novel, but there is so much you would miss….
This series continues to surprise me. Although this is not really my normal genre, I was thrilled when the author approached me again to ask if I would read and review this second book. Jumping for joy is a little beyond me, but I quickly bumped it up to the top of my reading list. So glad I did!
As in the first book, the authors continue to use their vivid imaginations to create a very descriptive tale. I never felt that I didn’t understand something because of the unfamiliar words, characters or creatures. Everything was crystal clear.
The book is filled with non-stop action, and a lot of suspense. There is even a romance angle which I actually like. (Don’t remember that happening in quite some time). I think it is because the love between Sylandair and Aliara seems real. They’ve been through a lot together, and their closeness feels right. All the characters, even those that do not possess many human traits, are interesting. You quickly forget that they have extra limbs, or noses in strange places, or are green….you just know that their part in the book is important.
The book is told from different points of view, and everything flows smoothly.
So, an intriguing plot, vivid imagery, complex characters, and excellent writing combine to give the reader an entertaining read. I loved it, and am looking forward to the next in the series!
Read: May, 2020
About The Authors:
AMANDA K. KING was born in the U.S., and was both a reporter and communication consultant before writing full-time.
MICHAEL R. SWANSON was born in New York, and divides his time between writing, music, woodworking, and gardening.
Check out the website: https://ismae.com/
I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3319983992