Nov 272013

Review: Factions: Coup d’Etat + Giveaway

Review: Factions: Coup d’Etat + GiveawayFactions: Coup d'Etat by Marian York
Published by The Zharmae Publishing Press on Nov 21, 2013
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Factions: Coup d’Etat, by Marian York, is a gripping urban fantasy novel, a dark and often frightening portrayal of a world torn by greed, the lust for power, and divergent personal loyalties.

Four factions rule the great city of Axis and fight for increased control and power. Everything is at stake and every strategy, no matter how desperate or questionable must be considered. Will Minya’s orchestration of forced genetic enhancements on the Leinka faction continue unabated or will Minya, always resolutely loyal to Leinka, seek outside help to alter that course and risk her faction’s dissolution? Every choice will either alter the path to peace or enter a new path to destruction.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

There was a lot going on in this book, and while the first half was a bit confuisng, the second half was smoother and more gripping.

I like the characters, especially Shiori. He is very noble, and is willing to fight for his beliefs, even when it hurts him personally. He looks after Minya as much as he can, and does his best to help anyone more unfortunate than himself. Minya herself is a mysterious enigma that I never quite got a handle on, and so I’m not sure if I like her or not.

I found the biggest flaw in the book to be the world building. I have so many questions that weren’t answered. Why are there 4 factions? How did the split begin? How does the Neutral zone survive if all the factions are hungry for every scrap of power? What is the war really about? Why is Minya so devout to a leader that doesn’t seem to look after her? Is she really so naive, or is there something else about her?

So many details seem to be missing from the story. This really hampered the first half of the story since I was just so confused by everything, I couldn’t really develop a firm connection with anyone. It was only when Shiori became a more prominent character that I was able to get into it. Once I formed that connection, the rest of the story flew by.

Overall, while I had a hard time getting into the story, once I was there, it was great. The struggle for survival in the later half was quite exciting. The story isn’t very upfront about it, but it seems like the start to a series. Hopefully one that develops Di’s character more as he is quite intriguing.

About Marian York

Hi! This is Marian York talking to you directly. So here's some info about me:

I was born and raised in East Texas. My dad's a freelance artist and guitar teacher who spent a lot of time making up stories for me and my brothers to enjoy. Mom has a love for books that she passed down to me and she truly inspired me, with her love of literature, to write.

Since I can remember, I've loved video games, anime, and graphic novels. Their influence can be greatly seen and felt in my work, I believe, and I remain an avid gamer and fan of certain anime. I love the snow and falling leaves... my favorite season is Fall and Halloween is probably the holiday I look forward to most every year. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog or drop me a line!

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