Book Review #30: Things Unseen by Chris Lester

Things UnseenTitle: Things Unseen
Author: Chris Lester
Publisher: Liminal Corvid Press
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Available Formats: ebook (mobi,epub,pdf,rtf)
Rating: Adult content warning

I truthfully have no idea when I started following Chris Lester on Twitter, but I do know it was quite some time back. Mr. Lester has been producing speculative fiction in his Metamor City world for quite some time now. I reviewed his Making the Cut podcast almost 4 years ago. That was my introduction to Mr. Lester’s Metamor City world, and today we’ll be looking at his most recent entry.

So, on to the review.

Synopsis: In the Year 1974 CR, a team of explorers vanished at the mysterious Telvari Rift. 25 years later, a new group of adventurers has braved this forbidden zone. Some sought power. Some sought answers. None expected what they found. Now a trail of death follows them from the jungles of the Rift to the towers of Metamor City, and only police detectives Kathryn Kitaen and David Silverleaf can stop it.

Setting; As previously stated, this book takes place in Metamor City. For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Lester’s world, it is a strange and unique setting with a future scifi earth where people have obtained magical powers and mutated themselves into hybrids of human/animal as well as supplying us with elves and other mythical races. The city itself is torn between the rich and the poor with little middle class to be seen.

Plot: Police detectives Kitaen and Silverleaf are thrown into a web of intrigue and suspense as they try to unravel a case which transcends socioeconomic status and causes disruptions among all quadrants of Metamor City.

Characters: The book centers around the two previously mentioned police detectives but contains a good number of “extras”. So many, in fact, that you might want to keep a cheat sheet near your book to make a few notes. This doesn’t detract from the book however, as Mr. Lester is an adept in his own right as he weaves together a story that is both action and character driven. A feat as rare as the world he has created.

Odin’s recommendation: I make no excuses for the fact that I’m a prude. I don’t choose to read things regularly that challenge this fact. I will state that Things Unseen came close on several occasions to ending up on my “did not finish pile” for this reason. However, I did finish this book and will go farther and give it a favorable recommendation with the following caveat: I have labeled this with an Adult Content Warning. As Smashwords states, even some adults might be offended. I admit, I did skip some passages. With that being said, the story itself is quite interesting and the Metamor world is fascinating. While I haven’t read every book in the Metamor series, I will state that of the ones I have read, Things Unseen shows the growth Mr. Lester has made as an author, and if you’re a fan of the Metamor world, you don’t want to miss this one. If you haven’t read anything else by Mr. Lester, I don’t think you would have any trouble being able to follow this book and if you’re not offended by adult content, there is much to be enjoyed here.

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