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Grimluk is an orc with one purpose: hunting demons.The Wastelands mining town of Greenreach Bluffs is deteriorating: with each passing day its inhabitants grow more fearful and paranoid, plagued by...something. They suffer nightmares and hallucinations, there are murders at the mine; the community is on the brink of madness and ruin and, as events escalate, realization dawGrimluk is an orc with one purpose: hunting demons.The Wastelands mining town of Greenreach Bluffs is deteriorating: with each passing day its inhabitants grow more fearful and paranoid, plagued by...something. They suffer nightmares and hallucinations, there are murders at the mine; the community is on the brink of madness and ruin and, as events escalate, realization dawns: the town has a demon problem. Two attempts at hunting it down fail, Greenreach Bluffs is at breaking point...and then Grimluk the Orc strides in out of the Wastes to answer their call for salvation.Contains strong violence and language as well as disturbing concepts....

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a demon in the desert Reviews

  • The Shayne-Train
    2019-05-02 22:52

    A DEMON IN THE DESERTorWHAT IF CLINT EASTWOOD WAS A FUCKING ORC?This story was great! I'm really digging on stories that stretch and flex the boundaries of classic fantasy, and this book definitely delivers in that category.How 'bout a 'grimdark' fantasy with all the Tolkien/D&D races present, but happening in a goddamned spaghetti-Western mining town? Check. Orcs with revolvers? Check. Elves with coal-smudged skin drinking whiskey in a saloon? Check. Demons and dragons and monsters and shotguns and corrupt town officials and matricide and animated dead? All checks, man. All of 'em: checks.So stop reading this review and go read the godsdamned book.

  • Quentin Wallace
    2019-05-07 19:43

    I'd actually go 3.5 Stars on this one.In the interest of full disclosure I will say that I backed this project on Kickstarter, and I think it was a sound investment. This was the first project I have ever backed, and to this point the only one.This is Ashe's first novel, and it's a very promising first effort. I love the Grimluk character, and I love the setting. It's a post apocalyptic wasteland loaded with monsters and demons. This fits into the "Weird Western" genre, as it's basically a western storyline. However, it's also loaded with elves, orcs, and magic, so there are fantasy elements too. There's also horror, so we get a blending of several genres.The story starts off strong, and the ending is really good. Great climatic battle with a lot going on. However, I do think the book slows down in the middle. I just would rather have seen a little more action and a little less dialogue in parts. I also think the descriptions were a little too detailed in places, as in we don't really need to know exactly what each character is wearing, but I know some people enjoy hyper-detailed descriptions, especially in fantasy fiction, so that could just be me.Overall, though, this was a fun read, especially for a first novel. I think most people's first books start out this way, in that people love the characters and want to see more of them, but feel as though the story could be a little more polished.Regarding the main character, I really like Grimluk. He's not nearly as surly as I was expecting, and comes across as a nice guy, or a nice Orc rather. (Is that possible? A nice Orc?) However, you'd do well to stay on his good side.In closing I will definitely be reading Grimluk's further adventures for as long as Ashe continues to write them. I recommend this one to any fans of Weird Western or Fantasy.

  • C McDaniel
    2019-05-19 18:42

    I wish GR allowed for "halves," but no matter how hard I click, it won't magically manifest that functionality. That said, please read this as if I'd rated with a half tacked-on.I, too, contributed to the Kickstarter and have had the opportunity of the past couple of years (has it been that long?) to get to know the author just a little bit. I don't think that has too much bearing on my review, or if it does, it's not a large influence. I will also preface this with the fact that Westerns aren't usually my cup of tea, though the "Weird" aspect definitely makes them more accessible to me. I'm not in my "element" with this type of novel yet enjoyed it; that says a bit about the writing, in my view. The best aspects of this novel were its consistency with characterization, specifically the main character's; the author's control of language and the work's readability--something that's sometimes a struggle in "Weird" of any sub-sub-genre; and the author's ability to "write action" (conflict, most notably). You don't see a lot of that sort of "in the moment" writing in Weird Fiction either, though I suspect it may be something fairly unique to the Westerns under that umbrella (?). Additionally, I feel compelled to mention that I've read a lot of self-published content (on Amazon, and I do not shelf it here since it's for a side-job/contract and involves mostly romance, etc....don't ask) and this is one of the "cleanest" texts I've encountered in a while. I realize that's super-nerdy and something an English major/editor would say, but it's truly worth noting...and it's a "big deal" in my neck of the woods. Really. I've tossed many self-pubbed books aside due to grammar, punctuation, and consistency errors. Another aspect of the novel that I enjoyed was its general tone and subtle/dry sense of humor. No, it's not a "comedy," but there were some spots that garnered chuckles from me. I think my favorite line is still (the understated),"I hate ghouls. They're so...tedious." And I have to say that I can see that as being the truth, and I'll probably consider that every time I see a ghoul in a story from here on out.One final mention of the positive sort comes in reference to the occasional nods to the "unseen" or something "beyond"--the resistance to immediately "show the horror." A good example of that, if I recall, was a mention of "something huge lumbering beyond the trees"...or something to that effect. I think it's my Lovecraft obsession that keeps my antennae out for that sort of thing, but I love it when it pops-up in any writing. I enjoy when a writer (particularly of any kind of horror) holds-onto his/her "cards" a while before revealing too much.As for negatives, I don't think there are very many; however, the ones that are there are most certainly related to this being a first novel and are, thus, related to pacing and other "big picture," structural concerns. And that, for me, is a good sign that I should pick up the next novel. While the grammar and readability were very good, there were spots where an editor's knife might have made the pacing more consistent, made scenes "tighter" that I might not have gotten lost as the story moved along. Some of that "lost feeling" may have been related to the number of characters that, for whatever reason, failed to resonate with me (though I do like the way gender is treated in this thing). Grimluk was clearly sketched-out for me as a reader. I didn't "feel" that from many of the rest of the characters. Also, this may be a "just me" issue, and probably is, but I knew nothing of orcs going into this. :) I know--I doubt other readers who are drawn to this work will be in the same boat, but there might be a way to interweave some small bit of world-building/background for those readers who, like me, are out of the loop going in (?). That may not be realistic or necessary at all, of course, but my frame of reference for orcs goes no further than Tolkien...and even in that case, it's limited since I'm not a huge fan. I'm rambling at this point, so I will sum-up by saying that I feel this is a really solid first novel. I think Grimluk's adventures should be further developed, this world built-up, and the story be used as a jumping-off point for future works. The creativity, the control of language, and (structural) writing skill is there, along with a pretty darn clear voice. I think anything missing here is just a matter of time and practice. Check it out if you are into Weird Westerns or sub-genres within Weird Fiction. It's a fun read.

  • Lukasz
    2019-05-11 00:06

    Actual rating 2.5 stars but I won'r round it up.Ashe Armstrong’s Demon in the Desert is one of books I read as part of my r/fantasy 2017 Bingo Challenge. The story follows adventures of an orc gun – slinging demon hunter who, in first chapter of the book, presents himself to some misguided bandits in following way:Name’s Grimluk and if you’d like to continue having use of your limbs, I’d advise you to back off.Evidently Grimluk ia a badass. But he also has good manners – he tips his hat at the ladies, always pays his bill, and has a way with little ones. When it’s needed he’s tough, but normally he’s a real gentleman. That’s pretty cool. Clint Eastwood was one of my childhood heroes and Grimluk has a lot in common with Clint as portrayed in Dollars Trilogy. The story happens in a static desert setting – rocky dust and dead earth stretch like yawning sun-soaked abyss. Grimluk gets new job – he’s hired to kill a demon in a small mining city. The book slows down and as Grimluk looks for answers he goes from one person to another and asks questions. The stories of the interviewed should frighten me and build atmosphere but due to unedited and rough prose they felt boring and anticlimactic. Sometimes the story felt directionless, with things happening without really advancing the plot. Most of the characters were pretty despicable, I didn't spend much of my reading time liking anyone.The world is very simplistic and the villain (or rather one of villain avatars) is mindlessly evil without any depth or development. I need some deeper world building. The way the lore is presented, it feels like a cardboard western backdrop with many races dropped in. The ending of the book that I won’t spoil for you was poorly executed and the prose was weak. I don’t want to sound like a hater but the last 5 % of the book were, supposedly, intended to contain some strong emotional drama but it read like some bad novella written by a fifteen year old. Of course it may be part of the popcorn read convention and if that’s the case, fine, but it changes nothing. I simply didn’t like it. This book doesn’t aspire to be second Ulysses, it’s supposed to be nice pulp read. Still I feel rather disappointed. The main hero is really cool but the plot and execution need some serious refinement. I might reach for sequel in the future because Grimluk has lots of potential but it won’t happen any time soon.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-17 02:10

    Grimluk takes a job from the bounty board, sending him to a small village beset by a demon that has been turning friends and neighbors against one another and generally F*&King things up.The story does a lot of things well, I love the Grimluk character (I can totally see him sighing with annoyance as a column of undead come at him) and the high level story is great. However, in truth the execution wasn't quite there, during a long sequence of Grimluk interviewing the townsfolk one person's memory actually flashes back (this was probably my favorite part, as its clear present action is Armstrong's strength), which made me realize how much improved the whole thing would have been if it had just been linear in actually telling the things that were happening in the town as they happened, then having Grimluk show up, rather than as interview accounts that felt a little bland. The beginning was solid and roughly the final 3 chapters really stick the landing, but everything between was just okay.I also liked the sense of humor a lot, except for one moment (view spoiler)[when dead parents are actually laughing as they said goodbye to their daughter, that seemed pretty off, and I'm generally callous (hide spoiler)]. The chicken joke was hilarious (I have to assume at least a minor nod to the chicken that wasn't a chicken for fantasy insiders), that he named the smith Wesson (ohyou!)...I found characters a bit inconsistent about their dialect, alternating in the dialog between a bit stiff very proper speech and casual western drawls, however other than that the writing quality seemed solid. It also seemed slightly out of place how uneven characters were about the fact that he's there to help, especially in the end, however as somewhat a result the primary story arc wrapped very nicely so it can be read standalone, but with a great lead-in that opens up a lot of interesting possibilities for the next book - which I'll definitely be reading to see how the author has progressed from this first effort.

  • Rachel Sharp
    2019-05-04 21:07

    I didn't know that I wanted a fantasy western, but I did. I really, really did.The first few pages are a little rough, but they're the squeaky gate to a perfectly paced, unique, and overall well-constructed story that's entertaining as hell. It may have some minor flaws (occasional typo or misused word), but the bottom line is, I did not care. That's how good the story was.Bonus points:-Awesome female characters (always on my wishlist)-Seamless genre meld (not easy)-You will not see the dragon until it is on top of you.Do recommend, will be gifting to D&D nerd friends on their birthdays.

  • Heather
    2019-04-25 22:00

    Being an original backer for this book in 2014, I was very interested in reading the final product. Throughout the campaign Ashe provided snippets of what to expect from the book. He even obliged to my ‘fight scene’ suggestion.He even had the first chapter up for us to read. When I first read a sample from ‘A Demon in the Desert’ I was very impressed with how imaginative and descriptive it was. Also the fantasy mixed with a Wild West theme was completely new to me. I had no idea such a sub-genre existed. I am definitely a Fantasy fan, but I never considered myself a fan of the Wild West. I feel I’ll become a fan of this ‘Weird West’ genre quickly, though. I heard that self-publishing is hard, but can be more freeing for people who are looking to get their work out their without publishers to help polish and market the book. That all falls on the author to do. I was interested in seeing how Ashe went about publishing his book, as that is also one of my dreams to do one day; to self-publish. There are definitely pros and cons to doing this. What also convinced me to help back the publishing of the book was the amount Ashe was asking for. I felt it was reasonable, unlike a few other asking prices for others. Though, whether those were trying to go through publishing companies or not, I’m not sure.The first few chapters were riddled with noticeable errors. Which was kind of sad; such errors break readers out of the story. As the chapters got on the errors became few and far between. This, in turn, made the story flow more without such interruptions. This being an indie book, as well as Ashe’s first book, I feel I should forgive the small errors. The ones that popped up in later chapters anyways, sometimes little things slip the cracks. While following along with updates on Kickstarter and Facebook, I recall the mention of beta readers. I suppose what I didn’t know was whether or not the beta readers were suppose to be looking for such errors or if they were only giving feedback on the story alone. Along with that, I suppose I also don’t whether the beta readers are people who often read other books or not. Either way, I do believe it falls on the author to pay extreme attention to making their work to near as perfect as possible; especially when it’s going to be purchased by the public. It looked as if the later chapters had more attention paid to them compared to the earlier ones.Putting that all aside, however, I really did enjoy the story. When I was first reading about the orc, Grimluk, I really didn’t really know what to expect. Thinking of orcs usually leads to mean, dumb, brutal types of creatures. All of which Grimluk is not; well, except brutal. The way he fights his opponents is pretty brutal. Which is amazing! Grimluk really cares for people and has a lot of understanding which shines through by how he interacts and handles certain situations. I do like how he is not afraid to show his strength and aggression to people, also.Grimluk – being a demon hunter – is hired to eradicate a demon from a town in the middle of the desert. Majority of the book is spent investigating and trying to get the townsfolk to trust him enough to speak to him. During these parts it did get a little repetitive and being introduced to a lot more people had me wondering if it was important to remember all of their names. There were times when the book was talking about a certain character and I would wonder ‘Whose that again?’ Balancing a large cast of character is pretty hard even if they are main, supportive or side characters. I think most of the parts where Grimluk was talking to a lot of people that were only addressed the one time could have been skipped and just summarized their conversation instead.I really enjoyed the fight at the end. I was hoping there was something big to happen to warrant the amount of time spent on investigation. Ashe certainly delivered on that. I also really liked how everything was connected in the end and even though the ‘battle’ was won in the end, there was so much tragedy that it didn’t really feel like they had. I really like when books do that, because the ‘everything worked out and everyone is happy’ type of ending get a little boring sometimes. As much as I enjoyed the end battle, there were a couple of things I didn’t understand. I didn’t understand why the Magician felt the amulet was safer with Grimluk then being protected or even sealed by himself, since he seemed to recognize the amount of power it held. I would think a Magician would be capable of something like that, at least by how experienced he was made out to be. I’m not sure, though. The other thing I didn’t really understand was how accepting and ready Grimluk was to leave the town nearly right after the battle. I get that the townsfolk were scared of Gwen and possibly even him. Even so, wouldn’t a quick search of the town to make sure they couldn’t find the now-demon-boy? Just in case? Or anything else they might have missed?I do like how there is a possibility of the demon-boy coming back in later books. I even look forward to seeing what happens with Gwen and the spirit within her. I do look forward to future sequels; I just hope they are held to a stricter and higher amount of revision and polishing

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-14 17:46

    There have been a few exceptions, but on the whole I’ve never been a fan of books with talking horses, cats, dogs, etc, so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a story with an Orc as the main protagonist. I know, he’s not technically an animal, but you get gist of what I mean and you can see why I was surprised to like this as much as I did. Grimluk, is all those old school western heroes that I loved so much as a kid, all rolled up in one. He a gentleman with manners, tips his hat at the ladies, always pays his bill, and is more likely to ask permission to punch the bad guy in the face, than not.The story itself reads like a mystery case, and as Grimluk investigates the demon problem in the town we see he is also tough as nails, handy with a weapon (or fist) and has a lot more going on inside his head than those really big teeth. I love mysteries, and was rather pleased to have this turn out to be more like a mash-up of Clint Eastwood meets of Colombo, than an episode of Bonanza. The book started a bit rough and the structure of the sentences mixed with a touch of old west and ‘now’ feel to the language made it an adjustment to read at first but evens out fairly quickly.For a debut novel though, I thought that it was overall pretty strong, especially when it got its feet- about one-third in. The story turned into a fun, case style mystery, with a good action-packed end. I enjoyed it.3.5

  • Mike
    2019-04-30 00:57

    My initial impression of this book was that it was exactly what it looked like - a fantasy version of a Sergio Leone Western. Given that I love Westerns, this is not a bad thing, and it's a decent shorthand way to describe the book.The plot of the story is pretty straightforward - a demon is stirrin' up trouble in a mining town, and Grimluk the orc demon hunter is hired to deal with it. He deals with the townsfolk, some more friendly then others. He investigates, following the thread of what he learns to find the demon and confront it. Make Grimluk into John Wayne, and make the demon into some bandits, and it would work perfectly fine.The last quarter of the book, I will say, did not go at all the way I was expecting. I took it as a given that it would feature a fantasy version of the showdown in front of the saloon at high noon, but that's not at all what happened. It was intense though, with a heartwarming ending and a nice sequel hook.In the end, this book was about taking a fun genre crossover idea and embracing the hell out of it. It made for a really fun read.

  • Felipe Soares
    2019-05-03 21:56

    The book had a pretty rough start and middle, but to the end it becomes a very fun pulp story. Sometimes the story felt directionless, with things happening without really advancing the plot, but at the end almost of all the things presented ended up being relevant. The prose was a bit weak, with too much repetition of the character's names. The protagonist was likeable and interesting, being a Hellboyish "big scary guy with enormous gun that is actually very nice once you know him". All the action scenes were cool and the little horror stories throurough the book were deliciously creepy, but Unfortunately most of them ended up not being relevant to the plot (besides giving a tip to the nature of the demon). In the end it was a decent start for the series, and I'm interested to see where this will go.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-05 20:40

    I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would--it's not normally the type of book that I'd pick up off the shelf if I were browsing a bookstore (I'd actually probably rate it 3.5 stars to be honest). I'm not into western's and I'm not into orcs, but somehow this worked for me. I think it started off a little weak but as it went on it really improved for me. The character of Grimluk was easy to like and want to follow on further adventures. One thing I really enjoyed was the mix of genres--it was part western, part fantasy, part horror, part mystery. I liked that Grimluk wasn't just a gunslinger and demon hunter but also a bit of a detective. Looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

  • Stephanie Embry
    2019-05-09 22:01

    This debut novel had several good things going for it. The premise drew me in: a demon-fighting orc in a DnD-populated American West. Sign me up for that, it sounds great. I went in hoping for something like a spaghetti western LoTR, and in ways it did meet that.A wild west themed game of DnD is a pretty good way to describe this book, and while it’s an entertaining read, it feels like something that would be a lot more fun if you were actually playing that game.Overall: It’s an interesting idea with a lot of potential. As it’s a debut novel, I will definitely be watching for more from Armstrong. A little bit of refinement and he could be well on his way to something really great.

  • Sharkie
    2019-05-16 19:44

    This book is just... It's just so much fun. And there's also suspense. And also some drama? But it's fun drama? Is fun drama even a thing? Am I just going insane? Possibly.Western, fantasy, orcs, and fun. This is exactly my cup of tea.

  • Courtney Cantrell
    2019-05-14 01:40

    Ashe Armstrong's first novel, A Demon in the Desert, has a lot in store for the reader of Weird Westerns. In casting the main character as an orc instead of a more traditional protagonist (human, elf, etc.), Armstrong promises a departure from same-old same-old fantasy, and he delivers on that promise. Elves, the zombie-like undead, dwarves, vampires -- magical creatures galore populate this Western. The climax offers a surprise appearance by a fantasy creature I did not expect, and Armstrong's twist on it made it not just a surprise but a delight.Grimluk, the orc protagonist, comes across as reserved and surly most of the time (pretty much what you'd expect from an orc!). But a softer side shows through, as well as hints of an interesting past. He's clever and inventive and confident, and his choices drive the story's fast action. There's a lot of room for exploring this character, and Armstrong's writing leaves no doubt that he will embark on that exploration with flair.I also very much enjoyed the strong, active roles many female characters play in Armstrong's tale. They're scrappy, courageous, and well able to determine their own course. Refreshing.Personally, I wanted more thorough editing throughout the novel -- but I also realize that many readers won't feel bothered at all. So, for its imaginative world, active characters, and interesting plot twists, A Demon in the Desert gets 4 stars from me.

  • James
    2019-05-21 00:41

    This one's been in my "to read" pile for way too long and I regret taking as long as I did to read it. It kept me sane and happy during a long day of flying and layovers.The story isn't anything revolutionary, but it doesn't need to be. It's fun and fast enough, and with just the right mix of different genre elements that I came away satisfied.This is one of those books that makes me love Fantasy. Especially fantasy that isn't afraid to bend the rules. Because of course orcs are badass, revolver toting demon hunters. Speaking of badass orcs, Grimluk is definitely that. From the opening pages we're shown this, and it's just confirmed with every new trial he faces. Now, I have to admit, I am not an expert in every genre that's been folded into this story, but I feel like everything is represented pretty well. You've got same great quickdraw action, one shootout early on is very satisfying. There's some good horror in there, too. Needs to be when you're dealing with demons.Then the fantasy. Elves, dwarves, and halflings running around. Every time a new character was introduced I could see every d&d session ever when the players insist on hearing every npc's heritage and backstory.So, to sum it up: really, really enjoyed the read. Very much looking forward to the next one.

  • Marcus Sherman
    2019-05-16 22:52

    I have very mixed feelings about this work. The concept is great, but the execution is fairly lacking. I love the character of Grimluk, but I want to see him actually sling guns... You know, being a gunslinger and all. It is sorely in need of editing; many typographical and spelling/grammar errors abound.It feels like there needs to be more world-building, more lore about how these traditional fantasy races ended up in a western desert setting. A lot of it just feels like a cardboard western backdrop with these races dropped in, and a lot of the character descriptions themselves boiled down to "a halfling" or "an elf." Tell me more about these people, I want to SEE them, smell them, and know them.Maybe I'm just a sucker for lush descriptions a la Robert Jordan (though perhaps not quite so wordy), but I want more. I really really REALLY like the idea of this story, and the plot itself was rather decent, but it just needs MORE. With that said, there were a few compelling characters and it was overall a fun read. I would give it 3.5 stars if GR would allow half-ratings. As off-putting as my review sounds, I will be reading the next installment when it releases.

  • Kyra Halland
    2019-05-06 22:48

    Move over, Clint Eastwood, there's a new gunslinger in town, and he's an orc. Yes, a gunslinging orc; what more do I need to say? Well, I'll say this too - Grimluk is a great character. A true gentleman, good with children, but completely badass when facing down bandits, zombies, corrupted officials, and demons. Oh, and dragons. This book takes all the familiar fantasy characters - orcs, elves, halfings (a hobbit by any other name) and plops them down in a world inspired by the Old West. A fun, exciting story, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the next installment.

  • Danielle Casale
    2019-04-27 22:05

    Interesting mashupI liked the mix of elements. I found the modern names and dialogue a little off putting at first, but hey, if you can stick an Orc demon hunter in a western, you're kinda off the wall enough to do what you like with other elements too. Fun book from a promising fantasy author.

  • Radu Anca
    2019-05-10 18:04

    Reading, watching or playing fantasy anything is my main means of getting rid of stress, so I bought this book during a time where I was very interrested in everything with an orc or goblin theme. That being said, western/fantasy mash-ups never worked for me, in the few books of this type that I have read. So, for personal enjoyment I would give it 3 stars, but since the book is otherwise not bad, I'll make it a four in the rating. The MC is the gruffy but kind type we all know and love, there is an interesting reveal towards the end and then they walk into the sunset (I can actually hear an old spaghetti western soundtrack in my head as I'm writing this review). Go for it if you think it's your cup of tea.

  • Eric Dicarlo
    2019-05-16 22:53

    A solid, pulpy adventure!Typically, I don't really go for stories like this. It always seems that, when the guns start firing or the swords start swinging, the author loses track of the action they've built up to for the entire book. This is NOT the case with Armstrong's Grimluk. His action scenes hold together SO well, and that level of craftsmanship is all throughout the story! Rather that relying on a super cool premise (a demon hunting orc), he envelopes it with fun characters, fun conflicts, and great pacing.If you're a fan of pulpy action stories, you'll have a wonderful time here!

  • Bryan
    2019-05-08 01:07

    A fun little read, with a few minor editing issues. I really enjoyed Armstrong's writing style, keeping fairly clear pictures of the town in my head as I read. The small town mystery aspect of it all worked for me and the action scenes were well done. If I had a complaint, I'd say the ending felt a bit abrupt.A solid debut novel. I'll check out the sequel in time, as I liked Grimluk and want to see where his next adventure leads.

  • Lana
    2019-05-23 01:54

    Grimluk is an Orc. He's also a gunslinging demon-hunter with a heart of gold. He's nice to animals and small children.If you just happen to like all of the above, this book is for you. Even if you don't like them, you should read this book, just because it's good.

  • Sarah Merrill
    2019-04-21 22:43

    I thought the idea was fun, but it just failed to ever really grab my interest. I'm writing this review a little late, but I feel bad giving a book an "ok" review and not mentioning why.From what I remember, I thought it was a very slow start. It wasn't until I was around 50% that I felt at least mildly interested. I also thought the dialog was a little awkward and clunky and while I liked the idea of the "kindly giant" orc, I never really connected with his character and it fell flat for me. Maybe if I were more a fan of westerns the play on the tropes in this book would have made this more enjoyable.