Title: Clashing Tempest
Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Sequel to Rising Frenzy
A Men of Myth Story
Finn de Morisco knows he is walking into a trap when he enters the Vampire Cathedral to rescue his sister Cynthia. Aided by Schwint and his other sister, Caitlin, he intends to free Cynthia and avoid enslavement. But when he confronts the master of the Voice that has tortured him, Finn faces a grim choice: compromise his soul or lose his family.
For centuries members of the Chromis tribe have disappeared, and Brett Wright is on a quest to discover the fate of the captive mers and to stop the abductions. Despite the risk of tribal warfare, he embarks on a dangerous ocean journey to find other mer tribes experiencing the same plight. When destiny brings him back to land, Brett encounters new allies and old dangers while coming to grips with the past.
Clashing Tempest is the third novel in the Men of Myth series by Brandon Witt. It brought full circle the plot lines from books 1 and 2. Many of the questions left hanging were answered and many of the characters were more fully developed. With this book, the series became more meaningful and insightful. I finally got the point of the first two books (even though I wish I would have gotten the point while reading them at the time). This is a series that needs to be read all at once. Books 1 and 2 are good, but it took the third book for it all to come together.
This book was much more mature than the first two. There were still parts that I felt were not necessary to the overall story, but Clashing Tempest had better plot movement and I was able to read it in two sittings instead of constantly being distracted by other things. The writing was more straight forward and to the point, but had enough detail that I was able to picture the environment and characters easily. The descriptions of the scenery could easily lend themselves to movie development.
Overall, I think the author is very talented and creative. I love the world he has written and the different types of creatures as well. This series is the type where the reader will discover something new each time the books are re-read. I noticed things with book three that I missed in the first two, such as using types of fish to name the mer-tribes and using attributes from those fish to model the merfolks.
However, I still hold firm that each book was entirely too long and needed to be broken into more manageable segments. I also never developed a connection to either Brett or Finn. They were just not the type of characters that appeal to me. Even though both have redeeming qualities, I had a hard time getting past the martyr syndrome both seemed to live with. But that is just my opinion, and there were other supporting characters that were likable and I wouldn’t mind more of their stories.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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