Cirsova – The Bookhunter’s Apprentice

Sometimes you come across a story that’s perfectly fine, but just not to your tastes.  The Bookhunter’s Apprentice is one such tale.  It’s a bit of a heist tale set up when twin sorcerers do an intelligent and evil tome of lost knowledge dirty and pay the price.  The titular bookhunter shows up to rescue the grimoire and adopts a young slave-girl to aid in the endeavor.  The mystery, the characters, and the action scenes are great, and Barbara Doran manages to squeeze in a nice 80s-style training montage.

And yet it gets a big, fat “meh” from me.

Perhaps it’s the western chauvinist in me.  Maybe I’m feeling my Independence Day oats.  Whatever it is, nothing about the eastern style of fantasy, sci-fi, computer RPGs, or animation ever grabbed me by the ears and made me look.  Hopping zombies, confusing character names, cultural and historical assumptions?  All of that just sucks me out of the story.  If you’re into that foreign stuff, or eager to earn some modren cachet, you’d probably love this story.

It’s just not for me.


About Jon Mollison

Jon Mollison was weaned at the literary knee of Tolkein, Howard, Moore, and Burroughs. He spent decades wandering in the wilderness of modern genre fiction, wondering when the magic and wonder went out of the world of dragons and space ships. In his darkest hour, he encountered a wise man who handed him the open secrets to crafting works that emulate the stories of the great authors who built the genre. They are easily summarized in but two words: Regress Harder. Now one of the twelve champions of the Pulp Revolution, his self-published works represent a more direct lineage to the tales of action, mystery, romance, virtue, and pure unalloyed adventure than the bland imitations churned out by New York City publishing houses in recent decades.
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