Title: Submerging Inferno (Men of Myth #1)
Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
A Men of Myth Story
Brett Wright and Finn de Morisco come from vastly different worlds. Disowned by his family for being gay, Brett builds both a life on his own terms and walls around his heart. But nothing can prepare him for the evil that stalks him in the night or from discovering the dark secrets of his heritage.
The youngest of a doting family, Finn lives a sheltered life that allows him to trust easily and makes him quick to jump to the rescue. While using his knowledge of the supernatural world to help Brett uncover the truth of his ancestry, Finn learns neither his magical life nor falling in love is as simple and risk-free as he believed.
New knowledge comes with a price—one that may prove too high for them to pay.
I have two different views on this novel. One positive, the other not so positive. I will start with the positive. I loved the story and the world presented in Submerging Inferno. Mr. Witt caught my attention from the very beginning. I wanted to know what was happening with Brett, what was he? As this was answered, the world grew and proved that Mr. Witt is very creative and talented. The fantasy creatures he presented were wondrous, with each having a distinct characteristic that allowed them to be differentiated from ordinary humans. I would love to see more about each of the types of beings, maybe in their own stories so that they can be the main focus of the details.
I liked the premise of the series. A man cast away by his family, struggling to determine his origins and figure out where he belongs. Along the way he meets loving people who show him the good in life. He meets monsters that threaten to take away everything he has. He must embark on this journey of self discovery in order to be the man he is destined to be. This is great. It has the potential to be epic.
Now on to the things I found not so positive about this novel. In my opinion, Submerging Inferno was extremely slow paced and I had a hard time staying focused. While the author caught my attention right off the bat with the mystery surrounding Brett’s species, he quickly lost my interest by taking so long to get to the point. There was just so much going on that I felt was not needed, too many side plot elements that distracted from finding out Brett’s make-up. In fact, we were never formally given half of his origin at all. It was all still speculation at the end. And entire novel length book, and we barely got to see the start of this epic tale. I really hope the next book moves along at a bit of a faster pace.
I also did not care for the main characters and instant love between the two. Both men start out strong, but once the plot elements start unfolding, they become desperate. Brett basically shuts down and becomes a martyr and Finn becomes clingy. I felt no connection to either man nor to their relationship together.
Finally, there was a rape scene early on in the novel. Even though it was not long and not described in gory detail, it was still pretty violent and in my opinion not necessary. It added absolutely no value to the novel as it was treated as if it was no big deal, even by the character that was raped, and then shortly there after was never mentioned again. This was somewhat off putting for me as there was no disclaimer up front. I am not a big fan of rape and would have shied away from this title had I know it was included.
Overall, this series has potential. The world was fascinating and the writing itself it was well done. I’ll be reading the next two installments as I want to know what Brett is and if he finds his happiness. But Submerging inferno would have benefited from some editing and cutting of some of the superfluous wording and scenes.
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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