Author: C.C. Cole
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 194 paperback
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Source: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review
The once-great city of Gastar now stands underpopulated and in ruins following centuries of war against an evil priesthood. Now a demon lord arrives with plans for annihilation of the people and plans to create a half-demon, half-human son to stay and rule after Gastar becomes an extension of hell. A trio of former soldiers arrive to help the people regain their battle skills and hope for victory. An unexpected ally arrives, the teen assassin Shevata, who participated in a rescue mission in hell to rescue living hostages. Upon her return to the human world, she was cursed by having her soul removed after killing an evil priest without a death order. Her presence gets the attention of the demon lord, as he knows her from the experience in the underworld as a powerful adversary. Shevata, the humans, a human traitor, the demon lord, his son, and Shevata’s dragon mentor ignite the spark that drives this fast paced action story to its dramatic end with more to come.
Holy wow! When C.C. Cole first contacted me asking to review the first two novellas of her series, I had no idea it would be this awesome! This magical world that C.C. creates for us is full of dragons, demons, and children assassins. Seriously, you can’t get much more kick-butt than that! The characters are all very unique and well rounded, the fight scenes are amazing, and the whole story in general, is in a class all its own!
The cast of characters in Act of Redemption were all so great. First we have Shevata. Centuries ago she was created as an assassin to help fight in a brutal war. After disobeying her creator and a series of unfortunate events she was imprisoned for nearly two centuries. She is then released to help the humans fight a great war against the powerful demon lord, Zermon. Shevata’s personality is tough, brutal, and honest. She is a strong, independent girl who never backs down. I loved how tough this girl was! She could seriously kick some MAJOR butt. Zermon is your typical bad guy. As leader of the demons and a master of a plan to take over the world, he is as evil as evil could be. The relationship between Shevata and Zermon was surprisingly quite humorous. I loved the constant bickering and fighting between the two! Other characters such as William, Dalton, Griscom, and Harathgus all posses the qualities of great heroes. They are brave, strong, skillful characters all determined to protect the people of Gastar. The book is lined with many other fantastic characters, some evil some good, that add great depth to the story. Even though it was a little difficult to keep track of all these characters, I thoroughly enjoyed “meeting” every single one of them!
It is books like this that truly bring out the tom-boyness in me! The fight scenes in Act of Redemption blew me away! Shevata has the power to move objects with her mind. In seconds this girl could completely wipe out a roomful of armed men! I also loved this girl’s choice of weapons! She could seriously use anything to kick some demon booty; anything from a kitchen skillet to an ancient sword! Zermon’s demons also make for a good fight scene. With so many ranges of demon-type they all held special fighting abilities to make each fight scene unique!
The world that C.C. Cole creates in her series is magical, dark, and unique! I loved that some parts seemed like realistic moments right out of the renaissance era and then other parts were lined with magic and fantasy qualities. At some points I will admit to being confused over certain aspects of this book but there is no doubt that the next book, Children of Discord, will clear that all up! This is a great, fast-paced series for fans of dragons, demons, and hard-core fighting scenes!