May 25, 2008
I thought this one sounded good. A man wanders into a tribe of men who turn into women at night, and after you see one as a woman, they are forced to pursue you until they kill you. This sounds awesome, but somehow it totally fails… or at least the first volume does.
The main male character is on a quest to find a woman who was captured in his kingdom and taken to the neighboring kingdom, a country they’ve been at war with for years. In chasing the party that captured the woman through the woods, the man encounters the Nephilim, and the two antagonize each other as they run through the woods after the party. There’s a few okay action sequences, but the two main characters are really, REALLY one-dimensional at this point.
Some depth is given when the two actually arrive in the neighboring kingdom and rescue the woman, who has a special relationship with the main character. There’s a really awkward and poorly-done romance developing between the man and the Nephilim, which is inevitably complicated by what happens when a Nephilim doesn’t kill a human who’s seen her at night.
There are some good parts. The premise is awesome. Some of the secondary characters are also really good, and there are a handful of interesting ideas and one or two good action scenes, but overall I just did not like it. I’m willing to give it another chance, as I always do, because it would be fantastic if this improved and lived up to its good ideas. Most people will probably want to give it a pass at this point, though.