As someone who reads a fair number of books written by authors who self-publish their works, I find myself still dealing with many of the most common biases and assumptions about self-published books, the most prevalent is expect lower quality. My presumptions have been slowly whittled away with the help of several extremely well-done books, but many of these reads often come as the result of recommendations from other reviewers, and many of these have already gotten a bit of a following.
Thanks to programs like the TBRindr, a program that pairs self-published authors with reviewers, I have had access to even more self-published books, some of which are for up-and-coming authors who have not yet caught the attention of their potential audience. I have read dozens of books like this, and I have been waiting for that “diamond in the rough”, a book or author that is not on anyone’s radar yet but should be.
I think I found my first “diamond in the rough” with Coyote Chronicles by Anton Le Roy. This book is not perfect, but it impressed me more than I expected for a book with only 4 ratings on Goodreads as of the time of the writing of this review (and two of the reviews are by me and the author).
“They call me Veteran. A grizzled old warrior. Always on the road, meandering through fantastic lands and bouncing from contract to contract, which usually end up in violence. I flee the past. I flee the ghosts that forever haunt me, but I know that in the end I’ll have to finally stand and face them down. And when that day of reckoning comes my sword will be singing, the world will be burning, the ghosts will be swarming and a goddess will fall.”
What I loved most about this book was the characters and the tone of the book. There was plenty of humor and cheekiness, but also a surprising amount of depth and emotion as well. Veteran is clearly a troubled man and I love the morally grey way that he is portrayed. There are also a number of other supporting characters that are each a nice addition to the story.
For a relatively short book (just under 200 pages) the world-building is good, and I am hopeful that it will expand even more as this series continues.
This book will most likely appeal to fans of Eames’ The Band series and the First Law series by Abercrombe. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and I would love to see more people give this book a chance. Well done Anton! 4.4 out of 5 stars – Recommended!
Thank you to the author who shared a copy of the book through the TBRindr program. This is a fair and unbiased review.