Review of The Protocols of Uma – The Journeyers’
Tale Book 1 by John Brage
In the interests
of full disclosure, I was sent a free copy of this book by the author for
review purposes. The only thing I promised was an honest review. All of my
reviews, good or bad, are based on my personal opinion.
When I reached the end of Book 1, my first thought was “No!
I need to know what happens next!” Which is all we can truly ask from a
storyteller, isn’t it?
The Umae society is intriguing. It made me think of the
scene in Shrek about “Ogres are like onions.” Multi-layered indeed. No
spoilers. If you enjoy complex world-building you will appreciate the care the
author takes with the details.
The story starts at a sedate pace, slowly revealing
different characters and different pieces of the puzzle of Umae society and history.
What you don’t realize as it is happening is that the sedate opening pace is
disguising the fact that the story progresses at an exponential, not a steady,
rate, the pace increasing so minutely at first that when it is racing towards
the end you wonder how and when the change happened. Don’t let the slow
starting pace make you give up too soon or you will miss the best part of the
ride. Enjoy the reveal as it happens.
As a side note, I will admit to sometimes losing track of
the players early on. Similar three-letter names, similar descriptions,
differentiated mostly by their varying roles in the societal structure. After
more facets of the society, the plot, and the various personalities were
revealed they became more distinct characters with individual voices and
I look forward to the next installment.
I give it 4 stars.
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