I was given a free copy by @the_writereads and the author in exchange for an honest review as part of BBNYA. More on that below the review.
Title: Fid’s Crusade
Series: Chronicles of Fid
Author: David H. Reiss
Release Date: 2018
Length: 371 pages
Genre/Age Range: Adult SFF
Rage, grief and guilt have fueled Doctor Fid’s endless quest to punish the unworthy and he has left a long trail of blood and misery in his wake. For more than two decades, the sight of the villain’s powered armor has struck fear into the hearts of hero and civilian alike! But when a personal tragedy motivates Doctor Fid to investigate a crime, he uncovers a plot so heinous that even he is taken aback.
Haunted by painful memories and profound guilt, the veteran supervillain must race against time if he is to have any hope of confronting the approaching threat. Every battle takes its toll…but the stakes are too high for retreat to be an option.
In the end, it may take a villain to save the world from those entrusted with the world’s protection.
Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of villains, anti-heroes and morally grey characters. I just love their stories so much more than the heroes (especially superheroes) so when I saw that I would be able to read Fid’s Crusade for BBNYA I was over the moon!
The premise sounded amazing and I’m happy to tell everyone that it did indeed deliver what was promised!
I was immediately invested in the story and in Fid’s character. His development and knowing where he came from and how it ended up this way was fascinating and really well done. I love that he is not a ‘good guy in disguise’ or just a misunderstood hero with a tragic backstory … he really is a villain, but also, so much more!
The world is complex, complicated and not entirely good or evil and so are the heroes and the villains. All the heroes have vastly different abilities and how they reacted to Fid differed a lot and showed the depth of the side characters.
This is very much a character-driven story (you know I love those) and it is relatively slow, with flashbacks and exposition. Especially at the beginning. But Doctor Fid is more than able to carry the story. I loved seeing the world through his eyes and discovering more and more about him. This also opens the door to some scenes where we have an unreliable narrator with Fid.
The writing style fits this book perfectly. I adored the sarcastic tone of Fid and his witty commentary. It’s a delight to read!
Another thing I really loved where the technology bits. Fid is extremely intelligent with an affinity for biomechanics (so intriguing!) and as Terry Markham, he creates biotech that has the aim of helping people.
I could talk and talk about this book but I don’t want to spoil your experience of reading it all for yourself so I’m gonna shut up now. I highly recommend that you pick it up! (I mean it came in second in BBNYA … that should already tell you how good it is) And it’s only book one. Can’t wait to discover what else is in store for us!
While growing up, David was that weird kid with his nose in a book and his head in the clouds. He was the table-top role-playing game geek, the comic-book nerd, the story-teller and dreamer.
Fortunately, he hasn’t changed much.
David is a software engineer by trade and a long-time sci-fi and fantasy devotee by passion, and he lives in Silicon Valley with his partner of twenty-eight years. Until recently, he also shared his life with a disturbingly spoiled cat named Freya.
(Farewell, little huntress. You were loved. You are missed.)
Fear not…Two new kittens have since crept into the household and are working tirelessly to repair the hole left in the author’s heart.
David’s first trilogy, the Chronicles of Fid, has just recently been completed; these were his first novel-length projects, but they certainly won’t be his last—he’s having far too much fun!
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