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Red Harvest Moon by Miles Hurt

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Red Harvest Moon was published in 2021 is the first book in the Wandering Knife series.  The book is available on Kindle Unlimited.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author for an honest review.  I also purchased a paper copy on my own to support the author.

Synopsis via Goodreads:


Led by the colossus Krond, the flesh-eating ghuls are ready to blaze and burn across the lands of Soren. The village of Puttle lies in their path, where they will bring fire and death.

The Black Feather is an outlaw, an outcast, a Wandering Knife. But he is the only hope the villagers have in this dark hour. Bandit turned protector, the Black Feather is hired by the villagers to take up his sword against the marauders.

Krond seeks the Black Feather. The ghuls are hungry. And the harvest moon will shine red


What I Liked:

  • The characters were likable and fun.  Their banter back and fourth was hilarious and genuine.
  • The environments are described very well.  You always know where you are in a village or in a forest, you always feel as though you're in the world with the characters.  The way the environments are described reminded me of walking through a village in an MMO or an RPG like Skyrim.
  • The villain's are great and the backstory was intriguing.  I want to know more about them.
  • The action scenes are well done.
  • There are some flashbacks that are well timed and well done.
  • The is enough lore given to you for you to enjoy the story, but not so much that it's a ton of bricks and you are overwhelmed.  That said, I'm looking forward to the rest of this series to learn more about this world.
  • Anticipation and that feeling of imminent doom is well done. 

What I Didn't Like:

  • Being a reader that enjoys characters, I would have liked a little more character moments and back story.
  • A few times the characters say one thing but shortly thereafter do another.

Final Thoughts and Rating:

This is a great first entry for a fantasy series, and a debut for the author.  It's long enough that you get a good story but not too long that it takes a lot of time to read.  I feel invested in the characters, lore and world enough that I want to come back to this world and know what happens next.  There are some hilarious moments between the characters.  It does a good job of going from a heartfelt moment, to action and gore without feeling abrupt.  Although I would have liked more character moments, with a book this long and the story I received it's not a huge problem.  If you're into fantasy it's definitely a book to check into and keep an eye on this series. 

Rating: 4 flicking eye flesh out of a spoon like a grape out of 5



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