Title: A Slice of Quietude (Woven Myths #1)
Author Name: Sharon Cho
Publication Date & Length: May 11, 2015 – 378 pgs
The Quietude, a psychic realm accessible by only a select few, is Katriyana Pusabunthri’s secret for improving her deadly focus. It’s how she became a high level Midnight Slicer, an elite assassin. But when she meets Tristien Waef inside the Quietude, Kat knows she’s outmatched. Tristien, scarred from head to toe both physically and emotionally, displays unheard-of abilities inside the Quietude! In a rare move, Kat throws caution to the wind, and joins Tristien and her two friends: the battle-hardened Cela and the almost-famous bard Kinjara, in their travels. But will the Midnight Slicers allow Kat to shift allegiances? And can a budding relationship with Kat get Tristien to move beyond her traumatic past?
“Hey! This book ain’t about just that! That part’s only got you two,” interrupts Cela. “It’s about fightin’, drinkin’, and carousing’. You know, slicin’!” With one arm, the tall warrior slashes her two-handed sword through the air.”
Tristien sniffs, “Fighting and drinking isn’t going to sell the book. The more unique aspects will.”
“Presentation factors as well. A bard,” says Kinjara bowing. “The honor should thus drape across the bard’s shoulders.” Clearing her throat, she stands up, “Love and redemption,thrills with chills, devious deities along with myths of yore and lore build foundations upon which ‘A Slice of Quietude’ rises…”
Kat never looks up from sharpening her daggers.
Not written as an easy read, the names of the characters and their positions in society are all new so the reader has to concentrate and remember where each one fits into this absorbing tale.
I particularly enjoyed the role of the story teller as this reinforced what had happened regarding the characters as well as understanding the roles of characters as yet unseen.
The individuality of each character was so vibrant yet so believable, making the horrors of deeds past and present understandable in a bizarre sort of way.
The one criticism I have is the conclusion, which left so many questions unanswered that I felt almost cheated. I would have preferred a more decisive end rather than the inconclusive one given. I will still be looking forward to the next instalment in this series.