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The sliver of moonlight cast eerie shadows across the deck of The Dark Revenge. The Silence at the helm stood embracing the obscurity. His foreboding presence matched the anticipation aboard the ship, and no one spoke for fear they would break the stillness that encompassed them.Tonight, everything changed.The Dark Revenge gained on the Regatta. The raiders said nothing buThe sliver of moonlight cast eerie shadows across the deck of The Dark Revenge. The Silence at the helm stood embracing the obscurity. His foreboding presence matched the anticipation aboard the ship, and no one spoke for fear they would break the stillness that encompassed them.Tonight, everything changed.The Dark Revenge gained on the Regatta. The raiders said nothing but he could hear the shuffle of taut female clothing and the tension in the air. It hadn’t sensed their existence, and drifted like heedless prey. Princess Roxana slept, unsuspecting of what was hunting her in the inky blackness of the night.There was only one thing on the minds of The Silence’s crew as they drew near; Hang the Kings, Crown the People....

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1001 Islands Reviews

  • Misty Mount
    2018-11-24 07:56

    I wasn't sure what to expect exactly but I was pleasantly surprised by the entertaining writing style and flow of the story. I felt really immersed in this imaginary world and my only real complaint is that it ended too abruptly. I especially enjoyed the romantic aspects that were a theme between more than one character.

  • L.N. Denison
    2018-11-27 11:35

    This story had everything I could ever ask for in a novel, suspense, romance, a whole heap of darkness in places and elemental's (or witches as they were referred), and the baddies turned out to be the good guys of the piece. The story line was solid and well written, the dialogue had a good flow to it, and was quite witty in places (Morgan and Roxana's interactions, mainly). The story came at you from three different perspectives. You had Caliel's side of the story, he had been sent out to rescue Princess Roxana, who had been captured by the notorious 'The Silence', only to find himself captured in the process. Then you had Darius, what a diabolical character he was, and that's where the dark aspects of the story come in. He reminded me a bit of Ramsey Bolton (GoT), just as nasty. Then you had Tomas, Caliel's partner, who had been charged with getting the ransom to 'The Silence'.The tail takes many direction, which all lead to one conclusion...and that is for you to find spoilers given here!!!If you like a good fantasy adventure, then you can't go wrong with this book. Well done to the author for creating such a wonderful story.*I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.

  • Lena
    2018-11-29 07:31

    1001 IslandsThe sliver of moonlight cast eerie shadows across the deck of The Dark Revenge. The Silence at the helm stood embracing the obscurity. His foreboding presence matched the anticipation aboard the ship, and no one spoke for fear they would break the stillness that encompassed them.Tonight, everything changed.The Dark Revenge gained on the Regatta. The raiders said nothing but he could hear the shuffle of taut female clothing and the tension in the air. It hadn’t sensed their existence, and drifted like heedless prey. Princess Roxana slept, unsuspecting of what was hunting her in the inky blackness of the night.There was only one thing on the minds of The Silence’s crew as they drew near; Hang the Kings, Crown the People. (Blurb from Goodreads)I don't think I've ever had such a hard time rating a book as I did with 1001 Islands. Characters The characters were great. They each had very distinct personalities; even the supporting characters were well-done. It was nice to see their personal struggles and the way they understood things. Plot The general plot line was very interesting, but there were several themes to the book that went directly against what I believe. Otherwise, I would have liked it much better. For the most part it was unpredictable and even quite exciting at times. Overall thoughts I really wanted to see a map. I'm sure the map would be quite beautiful, and would really help with understanding the story. The writing would have been excellent with a polishing touch. There were stunningly beautiful metaphors and descriptions, but it could have used the eye of an editor before publication. The fight scenes could have been expanded, also; I found them almost too short to be interesting. And a graphically intimate scene between two of the main characters further lowered my rating. Would I recommend it? It really depends on your worldviewWhat age would I recommend it for? Adults, 18+Would I read the other books in the series? Probably not, but I might give them a shotOverall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 starsI received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

  • Tristen Kozinski
    2018-12-01 10:35

    I enjoyed 1001 Islands. The story was easy to read, quick paced and fulfilling enough that I was disappointed whenever I had to take a break from reading. There's pleasing progression in the mindset, emotions and relationship between the two main characters, but, beyond that, the book's a fairly light read. That did not adversely affect my enjoyment of it, but don't read this book expecting a great fantasy epic. Despite some of the changes that occur, the focus of this book specific, directed to a small group of characters rather than the progression of events.As for flaws, there's only two that I noticed. The first is that some of the scene/character progressions felt a little abrupt or shallow. One character completely changes her mentality based on a single comment that was neither foreshadowed, argued or prepared in any way. It's not a grievous error, it just makes the reader wish that more time had been invested in that character's progression. This leads me to the second flaw, there are two sub-main characters whose presence in the books feels entirely ancillary (the aforementioned character is one of these.) Again, their presence is not displeasing, but I would have liked to see more done with them than what actually happens. All that being said, I enjoyed the 1001 Islands.

  • Kate M. Colby
    2018-12-02 10:37

    Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.1001 Islands by K.T. Munson is a fantasy adventure novel that takes place in a sea-focused world with, you guessed it, 1,001 islands. The story follows several characters (everyone from a kidnapped princess to Elementals and witches to swashbuckling pirates), whose lives converge as rebellion rises within the world. With a full cast of characters, sword-fighting adventure, and two strong romantic subplots, 1001 Islands has everything readers of traditional fantasy crave.Initially, it took me a while to get into the story. The reader is thrown into the world without much explanation of "the rules" of the land, or who the characters are. There are several characters and plot lines to follow, and while they are each enjoyable and important, there is a bit of a whiplash sensation as the reader is tossed from one to the next. That being said, when they begin to link up, the story truly shines. The characters' story lines are woven together nicely, each fitting next to the others like adjoining pieces in a puzzle, and highlighting the overarching themes of individualism, freedom, and revolutionary spirit.As to the characters themselves, they were complex and well-crafted. Munson has written well-rounded, flawed individuals -- from their back stories to their present actions. The female characters, most notably Emilia and Princess Roxana, are strong and independent-minded, yet still show deep love and compassion, which is particularly important to me as a reader. (The same can be said of the minor female characters as well.) Likewise, the male characters, specifically The Silence and Caliel, strike the perfect balance between brave hero/love interest figure and the person who needs saving. In short, the characters are extremely well-written, and to me, are what made the novel such a fun read.While the majority of 1001 Islands kept me captivated (and even smiling) as I read, there were a few moments that sucked me out of the story. Some of this had to do with editing more than story telling, as there were a few errors and other writing issues throughout. However, I daresay, as an author, I am pickier about this than the average reader.As for the actual story, the only thing that felt out of place was an intimate love scene between two of the characters. Personally, I have no problem reading erotic content (and this scene was perfectly well-written and logical within the plot), but it did take me by surprise, given the rest of the novel politely skirted around opportunities to directly show "adult" content. But truly, it wasn't a big deal, and I only mention this because I know some readers are uncomfortable with graphic sexual content. To give a better picture, I believe my thoughts were: OH, we're doing that? Okay, cool.Last, I felt like the ending was too abrupt. Munson does say in a note that there is a possibility of a sequel, but I still wish more time would have been taken to bring 1001 Islands to a more complete close. As it stands, I think the novel needs the sequel to truly satisfy the lingering questions in the reader's mind.Overall, 1001 Islands is an incredibly fun story. It beautifully blends the lines between fantasy, adventure and romance -- seamlessly incorporating the hallmarks of all three genres. With a cast of complex, well-written characters and a tightly-woven plot to boot, 1001 Islands is sure to delight readers of good, old fashion fantasy tales.

  • L.K. Walker
    2018-12-05 11:56

    I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I feel this books cover doesn’t adequately portrait how good the story is. I read this book in a couple of days and thoroughly enjoyed it. Overall, it was engaging and exciting and I will look for the next book in the series.At first, I had difficulty keeping track of the islands (used at the beginning of each chapter to denote where the activity is). So I ignored them and got on with the story. I’m not sure they are necessary. The characters adequately carry the locations.Because there are several story lines in the book, each one is introduced separately, in consecutive chapters. It meant that it took a while to get into the guts of the book. But it was worth the effort.The story is lush with great characters. I particularly enjoy strong female leads, and this had not one but two of them. What’s more they each had their own romance.The story line is interesting and moves at a great pace. It is full of excitement and high seas adventure. The writing could do with a little sharpening, but otherwise it was a very enjoyable read.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-14 06:38

    This was an engaging read. It had plenty of action, romance, and mysteries to unravel. You know, the good stuff that keeps you turning the pages. Though it’s set in a purely fictional universe and opens with a witch’s curse, I spent part of the book with the impression that it was a mostly realistic adventure. After all, history is full of successful witches without a shred of magic at their disposal. Boy was I wrong. About halfway through, an entirely new element (pun intended) comes into play. It raises the stakes and opens up a whole new world of possibilities. The author’s style leans more toward utility than art. A good choice, I feel, as it adequately conveys the action without the weight of flowery details. I had only a few “Wait, what’s going on?” moments that required a reread. As a reader, I always tend to get lost when there’s a lot going on. Considering the substantial ground that the story covers, I consider it a great accomplishment that my “lost” moments were minimal. Were there a few moments that begged for more sophisticated vocabulary or less repetitions of a particular word? Yes. Of course. But no one’s perfect, and teams of editors are expensive. There were two problems. One is minor, but of particular importance to my reading preferences. The other’s more substantial. Let’s tackle the minor one first, shall we?There are two love stories in the book. One is believable for the most part. The other is of the insta-love, all-consuming passion, I-barely-know-you-but-who-cares variety. It’s a plot device, and as a writer, I understand why the relationship needed to unfold as it did. But understanding that didn’t stop me from rolling my eyes. My annoyance could have also stemmed from a general dislike of one of the parties involved, but nonetheless, ugh. If that kind of stuff doesn’t bother you, or if you like insta-love stories, then you won’t see that as an issue.Problem two, I feel is more universal. There was a bit too much story for the amount of pages that we were given. The concept of the book is ambitious. It weaves together several perspectives to create a robust narrative. When I had made my way to the end (at 92%, exactly), I chuckled to myself and wondered how all of the storylines could possibly be wrapped up in the mere 8% that was left. To the author’s credit, the “wrapping up” was done in a pretty clever way, but I was still unsatisfied. In her notes, the author’s hinted that a continuation is possible, and she’s left plenty of potential to write one. Though this book can stand alone, it would be stronger and more complete if there were a sequel.Final verdict - good story, easy to read, engaging, but needs more development in a few areas and a sequel to be truly satisfying. I’m glad I read it. It was a good way to spend a weekend.

  • Mark Kasniak
    2018-12-05 07:33

    Mix together a world mostly made up of water, the fast-paced adventures you’ll find in the Pirates of the Carribean movies, and add a good bit of how Game of Thrones is structured, and there I think you’ll find 1001 Islands by K.T. Munson. This action-packed, voyage story not only delivers, but leaves the reader wanting more! K.T. Munson hit it out of the park in her character development. There are several main protagonists of this tale, but each is unique, strong, and likeable (mostly, there are some bad guys, but they’re solid as well.) Even the lesser, supporting characters are well-crafted. As I stated, this story keeps moving forward right from the very first page. The fight scenes were strong, but I would have liked them to have been extended for a bit more. There are also intimate scenes that were a bit steamy at time, lending a good measure of romance to the book. K.T.’s writing style is great, really top-notch in how she opens up this fantasy world to the reader. Her use of metaphors and being able to bring words together in just the right way came across to me as poetic at times. This careful detail in taking the time to accurately set a full picture of the story’s settings doesn’t come often in most Independently published works. Many authors seem to rush with environments and character emotion, which makes for a lesser reading experience, but 1001 Islands draws the reader very vivid pictures. If there is any drawback about 1001 Islands that I need to talk about, however, it would be the beginning. While still being very strong writing, at times, it was a bit convoluted. K.T. Munson introduces the reader to several characters quickly in alternating chapters, so as the reader you have a lot coming at you at once and keeping things straight was a bit cumbersome at times. However, I did have no problem with seeing where K.T. was going with the book’s opening structure and it all came together rather nicely when the main characters met each other. 1001 Islands is a solid 4.5 stars for me, but I have no problems with rounding the score up to 5 stars given just how entirely difficult it is to be an independent author and be faced with the challenges of having to do every part of a book’s production by yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it to friends and family. Do yourself a favor and read 1001 Islands for yourself, you’ll be glad you did!

  • J.J. Fowler
    2018-12-16 05:27

    K.T. Munson's 1001 Islands is a fascinating adventure into a wholly created fantasy world that echoes some of the great books of the genre like Game of Thrones (except the characters here have guns!). The story centers around a few houses where the power is controlled by them. The main character, Emilia, is a strong, young, and beautiful woman who fights for social justice in her world. She wants to create a democratic society where everyone has equal rights and can impact the choice of rulers. However, the ruling houses want the status quo to remain intact. She goes about enlisting so-called misfits to join her cause in establishing such a society on an island outside the ruling houses control. When they go too far and kidnap a princess the powerful come looking for her and her band to rescue the princess and destroy her utopian dreams.I enjoyed this book tremendously and highly recommend it to fans of the fantasy genre. It has everything you would want in a fantasy book: magic, monarchs, and mystery. The characters are well-sketched, admirable, and relatable. The story also has a relevant social commentary on our times whether it's the status of women in society and the importance of defending democracy from those who would weaken it. I look forward to reading other books by Munson in the future.

  • Lucretia
    2018-12-12 05:34

    Fantasy. Adventure. Romance. What a lovely blend. This book was such an unexpected delight. It is hard to say what I liked most, because so many aspects really stood out. The characters were great, likable, strong, brave, noble- all the things you need to get behind heroes. I loved that both our hero and heroine had these noble qualities. The romance felt real and developed naturally, not overpowering the adventure.I found the shifting perspective a lovely way to get the story from different sides and to help connect with several characters. Plus, it was impressive how it all wound together. The writing is solid and flows nicely. Pacing was beautiful, full of action, romance, and a real sense of tension that had me flipping pages well past my bedtime. I read this in two sittings!The setting was a lovely well built fantasy world, filled with both fantastic and real qualities that brought it to life, making it an easy escape for me. It helped that there were pirates too. :) The end leaves me hopeful that we might get another trip into this world, I sure hope so.

  • Happy Booker
    2018-12-13 11:42

    1001 islands is a Sci-Fi Fantasy novel written in a sea world where 1001 Islands posses characters such as witches, pirates, a princess and much more. There are multiple storylines, two of which have romantic hints to it and each plot is as intriguing as the next.Once the plots combine, the work then becomes an epic experience. The characters are all well developed, and each have their own drawn personalities. I enjoyed how the female characters were strong, and the love interest was delightful to read.The work does possess adult contact, and the ending was sudden and unexpected. However, the entire experience was wonderful, and I recommend this book to fantasy readers.

  • Ooha Biddala
    2018-12-12 03:35

    This book is right up my lane. New worlds, characters with engrossing intros, strong female lead…it has all the ingredients for a blockbuster fantasy read. However, it falls short by just about 2 inches.What I liked about it?Snappy beginning that draws you in from page one; it is a single sitting- read that holds your attention and the story just flows right through with time. Main characters are vividly painted and their personalities are described in not just words, but also in action. Most importantly, the world is amazing, well-planned, well-built and with so much potential that can still be tapped.The writing style is easily enjoyable and very natural and that world and those characters (Nala, Lina, the elementals) have so much rawness to them that they deserve a second story. A lot of things (like Amarel’s story) felt unsaid and overlooked in this book and I would very much like to see the author expand on them. What I didn't like?The ending! Such an incredibly rushed ending! Abrupt and kind of anticlimactic, I didn’t realise the story had ended until I turned the page and found no more story to read!Another thing I didn’t like was how the romance between the mains kind of detracted from the fantasy element. It, to me, felt unsurprising, but incongruous. In spite of the secondary romance being happily cliché and making for quite a guilty pleasure, having two romances in a book with so much material felt like overkill.In spite of my peeves, 1001 islands gets 4 stars because this book is a breath of fresh air in the current fantasy genre which is overrun with vampires and werewolves and love triangles. Also, I might have closed the book, but I did leave a little bit of me behind in its world that drew me in with its incredible air of mystery. On the whole, it’s a well-written book and I’m looking forward to more from Ms. Munson.For complete reviews and more reviews, visit my blog at:https://overratedsensibilities.wordpr...

  • Jaffa Kintigh
    2018-11-24 05:45

    Not since The Princess Bride, have I seen this many rogues gathered into one story. This pirate-abduction fantasy romp is highly enjoyable.The Princess Roxana of Port Royal has been a royal, outspoken thorn-in-the-rear that has already cost herself one arranged marriage with one of the other two outer isle kingdoms. She makes for a feisty victim for the dreaded raider of the inner isles known as The Silence, aka Morgan. He's witty, brooding, romantic and never acting as one expects.A pair of Kingsmen of Port Royal are split up with separate plans to save, and/or ransom the princess. Caliel leaves first and finds himself amid a society of inner isle independents protected by The Silence, but led by the enigmatic and charismatic Emelia. Tomas leaves 2nd with the ransom gold and finds schemes aplenty in every uncharted bay. Finally, perhaps the most dastardly and disgusting villain in print creates a swath of destruction with everybody in the crosshairs, raping old women and young boys as he goes [thankfully off-page]. Cultures and personalities clash, perspectives are challenged, and cannons discharge all before supernatural forces, elemental old-beings, rear their heads . . .This tale is a complete story without the promise of a sequel or trilogy, but hopefully this is not the last of this fantastical world. It is highly recommended.I received my copy of the book when the author contacted me directly through The Book Review Directory, a blog.

  • Martin Perks
    2018-11-22 04:35

    Let me first say that fantasy is not the genre I normally read, but having said that, I did think it had multi-genres in that it could be action/adventure, romance, violence. This was a well-written book, the author has a vivid imagination, and is very good with the descriptive detail. It’s a savage story of pirates and sailing ships, and of the lust for power. The villains were very bad, and I think a bit over the top. But I enjoyed reading the story and was impressed with writing in general. However, I wasn’t sure about the sexual scenes depicted. If they’d been less explicit, maybe but as it was a fantasy novel, I thought it was too much, and this stopped me giving it five stars.

  • Tassa DeSalada
    2018-12-17 08:43

    "1001 Islands" is instantly gripping and draws you into the plot. There is a variety of nail biting scenes scattered throughout the plot line. They're thick with drama and adventure, and are terribly entertaining. I was surprised at how much I care about these characters, and how much I feel for them. While following the personalities on their adventures, and reading about them enduring their completely unexpected plights, I was very concerned for their safety. They have to dig deep to overcome very scary challenges. That's what a book is supposed to do. That's what "1001 Islands" does.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jennifer Newsom
    2018-12-14 10:45

    I wasn't expecting much when I read this book- I took it with me on a vacation, thinking it would be a quick read. Instead I found myself with a page-turning adventure that had me wondering what was next. Magic, pirates, spies, guardians, villains, this story begins with a shocking moment that draws everything together near the conclusion in an unexpected way. I am waiting on the edge for a sequel for this story, partly because of the clues that hinted at a relationship between two characters, and mostly because it is a riveting story of revolution and courage.

  • Aly
    2018-12-07 10:47

    A princess pain in the butt. I think this story has a lot of fun. Princess Roxana is a lovable character but she is outspoken and has lost one arranged marriage already. If I were a princess, I could see me in the same situation. This book was quite an adventure to me. I think it was very good. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  • Cat
    2018-12-16 03:28

    Set on another world, but about things that hit close to home, this book explores what can happen when people makes assumptions, and how powerful people really can be when they band together. The people in the story feel as real as you or me, with flaws and vices as well as virtues. Plus, the story has some twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.

  • Carolyn McBride
    2018-11-23 11:56

    I enjoyed the book. It was full of picturesque descriptions, unique characters and an ever-moving plot. I can honestly say this did NOT feel like any other book, which is refreshing, because in an ever-filling pool of fiction, so many these days read like every other book. Not this one.A very good read, check it out!

  • Sassa Margot
    2018-11-26 05:37

    Fantasy adventure, 196 pages, $2.99 Kindle, $14.99 paperbackPirates, witches, revolutionaries and adventureNote: I received a free copy of this work in exchange for a fair and honest review.K.T. Munson’s “1001 Islands” has everything a good swashbuckling adventure demands, from pirates, witches and princesses to a dollop of sexy time on top. I admire the ambitious scope of this fantasy adventure novel, with two separate love story lines, a baker’s dozen of main and supporting characters, an underlying theme of power-to-the-people revolution, adventure and chase scenes full of excitement and drama. “Hang the Kings, Crown the People” is a very fine slogan. I also like the moody and spooky Grimm’s Fairy Tale atmosphere of the world Munson has created, with delicious character names like “The Silence.” Munson does a good job with character creation, from two friends who must part to carry out their separate missions, to the co-leaders of the revolution (a mysterious rebel pirate leader and virtuous and powerful blind witch-woman), to a rebellious princess who objects to marrying for her father’s political gain. Her villains are really bad, with pedophilia and misogyny among their dastardly sins.The action-adventure scenes are very well written, from two friends escaping in the night to the heroine climbing out on the wall to escape, to the raiding of ships and the sacking of towns. Lots of fun in these sequences! And I am personally fond of revolutionary stories, which this story most assuredly is, once it gets rolling.However, I had a tough time with this story, in spite of its many admirable qualities. My difficulties are three-fold: genre/target market, character evolution and writing style.On genre and target market, I really struggled with this story. On one hand, really wonderful spooky fairy tale-and-fable type magical trading of eyes for power, swashbuckling pirates, feminist raiders…just really great young adult fantasy elements and lots of fast-paced excitement. On the other hand, the rape of a young male servant by his master, the threat of the rape of a princess and her maidens, the graphic torture of an older woman and a bout or two of very well-written and adult consensual and plot relevant sexual intercourse. I have no objection to young adult fantasy. I have no objection to plot-relevant violence and sex. (We are all G.R.R.Martin fans now.) What I object to is mixing the two in the same story, like chocolate sauce on broccoli. I just don’t feel good about handing a story with man-boy coercive sex and explicit consensual adult sex to a young person going through their pirate phase. Equally, I would have a hard time telling an adult reader who can handle the sex and violence that they will find this fable-and-fantasy story engaging.Part of my genre and target market problem may rest with the character evolution and relationships as portrayed in the story. The characters are well-delineated and unique and given rich back stories. All very good. But once they are wound up and launched into the story, they remind me a great deal of opera heroes and heroines and villains, falling into love or hate over the course of a single aria. Now, I love opera and I don’t mind that the lovers meet and then instantly must run away together after their duet, because the point of opera is the music and it was a fine duet so why not? However, in a novel, a very different art form, the point of novels is to enjoy the evolution of characters as they live their stories, and when two characters go on a journey together, to enjoy the evolutionary development of that relationship. Again, it’s a matter of expectations met or unmet, whether one refers to genre or target market. In young adult fantasy, we willingly grant a lot of latitude to all that character development and relationship evolution stuff, and happily live with “the pirate met the princess and hotness ensued” just as we do with an opera’s lovers. So if this is young adult fantasy, then fine, I’m okay with sudden relationships sprouting out of thin air. But if this is adult, 18+ fantasy, then not so much.For the most part, the writing was quite good, lyrical at times, and mostly muscular and fast-paced, unmarred with excessive ornate description while still doing a great job of creating atmosphere and setting. I loved the names, which were often odd but memorable. There were a few typos, but for the most part the book was well-edited and did not jar the reader much with the few lapses that remained. My difficulty here, and it was a minor one, was the occasional head-spinning jarring blows I received as a reader when I was merrily galloping through an action sequence and then got clocked in the head by a solid serving of character back story or world-building. BAM! Action stops, I get my bearings, learn some undeniably useful stuff, but then have to get back on the action adventure horse still feeling a bit dizzy. Recommendation: for action-adventure fantasy fans who don’t mind a bit of explicit sex and violence and who find operatic love affairs believable.

  • ✰☽✰RaeleighReads✰☾✰
    2018-11-21 11:48

    Full review to come.

  • Elaine
    2018-12-08 05:30

    Title: 1001 IslandsAuthor: K. T. MunsonSeries: n/aPages: 196Publisher: CreateSpaceDate: July 27, 2015Summary:The sliver of moonlight cast eerie shadows across the deck of The Dark Revenge. The Silence at the helm stood embracing the obscurity. His foreboding presence matched the anticipation aboard the ship, and no one spoke for fear they would break the stillness that encompassed them.Tonight, everything changed.The Dark Revenge gained on the Regatta. The raiders said nothing but he could hear the shuffle of taut female clothing and the tension in the air. It hadn’t sensed their existence, and drifted like heedless prey. Princess Roxana slept, unsuspecting of what was hunting her in the inky blackness of the night.There was only one thing on the minds of The Silence’s crew as they drew near; Hang the Kings, Crown the People.Review:My opinion of this book changed throughout the reading. At first I didn’t care for it simply because each of the beginning chapters focussed on a different character/situation. I figured they would all come together eventually, but I still found it confusing. I didn’t like the feeling that I need to be taking notes to keep everyone straight.However, when the plots did come together, it was wonderful. I really liked all of the “good guys” and the “bad guys” all came to a bad end (pun intended). The female characters were strong even if they had been taught they were not supposed to be. The male characters were also strong, but not obnoxious with it. At least, the good guys weren’t.There was a plot twist in the character’s roles that I did not see coming and I really appreciated. It made perfect sense once it became apparent, but I was totally blindsided up until the reveal.It’s hard to define the genre. It’s definitely science fiction because it takes place on another planet . . . or is it just another world, one where witches and elementals exist which would make it fantasy? It’s almost historical because of the methods of travel and way of life of the characters. It is definitely an adventure novel (there are pirates after all) with a little bit of romance thrown in.Like I said, it’s hard to define.What it is though is good. I enjoyed reading it. I liked the protagonists. I like the way the plot worked out for everyone.But, . . .the ending is abrupt . . .and the author acknowledges that in the notes. She said there is a possibility of further adventures which is all well and good, but . . .I don’t like to be left hanging and it reduced my enjoyment of the book.Read it. The ending is not a cliffhanger; it just doesn’t go far enough to suit me.This book was sent to me by the author in return for an honest review.

  • Hannah (booklattes)
    2018-12-11 10:41

    * My lovely friend and author K.T. Munson gave me a free copy of this book to review but that in no way influences my opinions on the novel!*Title: 1001 IslandsAuthor: K.T. MunsonRating: 4/5 StarsGenre: FantasyPublisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing PlatformFormat Read: ebookSynopsis: (spoiler free from le goodreads)The sliver of moonlight cast eerie shadows across the deck of The Dark Revenge. The Silence at the helm stood embracing the obscurity. His foreboding presence matched the anticipation aboard the ship, and no one spoke for fear they would break the stillness that encompassed them. Tonight, everything changed. The Dark Revenge gained on the Regatta. The raiders said nothing but he could hear the shuffle of taut female clothing and the tension in the air. It hadn’t sensed their existence, and drifted like heedless prey. Princess Roxana slept, unsuspecting of what was hunting her in the inky blackness of the night. There was only one thing on the minds of The Silence’s crew as they drew near; Hang the Kings, Crown the People.Things I liked: (spoiler free)i. The First Line: I loved the first line of the book it was so gripping gah I was hooked!!ii. The Priestesses: I loved how the priestesses were dark and wielded swords and were shrouded in mystery I just loved them!iii. Short Chapters: I love the short chapters I literally just devour them. It also kept the story moving and always added some action with the flipping back and forth. I binge read it and finished in three days!iv. Dark and Twisty Plot: I loved the darker moments and how a lot of the times you never saw what was coming next.v. The Magic: I need to see more of the witches, the giant green bird mounts and basically just everything magically related! I thought it was such a fun fantasy read but I want even more dark fantasy with more magic and magical creatures. I love the idea of water, wind, land, fire and death witches and just really want to see more of them!Things I wanted to see more developed: (because honestly there wasn't anything I didn't like! But I did want a couple things to be even more developed)i. The Romance: I really liked the romance and think it definitely added something crucial to the plot, but (*****SPOILER) I felt like the kiss between Roxana and Morgan was a little rushed, should have been saved for later and just let the romance simmer for longer. I thoght the sex scene was well written and tasteful, and just matches the rest of the story. other parts of the book are definitely dark (honestly I would push it to be a little more darker and even more fleshed out) so the sex scene just flows well with the other mature content.ii. Character Development: The characters had so much potential but I think the length of the novel really prevented any major character development from happening, but I think once the series continues the development will definitely emerge and the characters will really flesh out.iii. The Islands: I feel like even though the title was called 1001 Islands, the focus really wasn't really focused on the islands which isn't a huge deal but it made me want to know more about the islands like crazy!! I really want to explore more of the islands in more detail. I would have liked to see characters names as the title chapters instead of just the island names or maybe both! Like a character name and then the island name.All in all this was SUCH a fun read and I would definitely recommend it for pirate fans!! I’ve been in such a pirate kick lately but haven’t read ANY pirate books ever!! Ahh!! So yeah this was a great way to kick it off!I felt like once in awhile a phrase or two or a couple words sounded a little awkward, but definitely noticed differences between this book and “Frost Burn” and definitely thought the writing has improved!! Honestly just a little polishing up on the writing would have made it really good. I didn’t think the ending was anticlimactic or lacking, BUT I NEED MORE! Again this book has so much potential and could be developed and grown into so much more and I definitely want it too!❤If you are an author interested in sending me a book in exchange for a review please don’t hesitate to email me!