Monday, May 20, 2013

REVIEW: I Was Here -- Before You Came by Camelia Skiba

Title: I Was Here -- Before You Came (later published as Born In Vengeance)
Series: Dacian Legends #1
Author: Camelia Skiba
Published Date: May 9, 2013
Publisher: Treasure Books Publishing
Format: Ebook
Pages: 88
Buy link: Amazon
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Synopsis: Originally published as a short story titled I WAS HERE--BEFORE YOU CAME, this stand-alone version includes an expanded storyline and excerpts from BORN IN SIN (Dacian Legends, #2), all that you would expect from a full novel.
Legend has it … centuries after Spartacus another hero is born—Ilias, the bastard son of King Decebalus. Thirsty for revenge and eager to unshackle the Roman oppression, Ilias’ obsession to fulfill his oath has no bounds, even if that means kidnapping Nerva, the beloved daughter of Emperor Traianus. What he doesn’t know is his own heart threatens to betray his conscience.
What will prevail: his mind or his heart?

My Review: I'd like to thank the author for allowing me a copy of this short story in exchange for an honest review.
I'd like to start out by saying that this is a great premise for a story. A man swears vengeance on his enemy, and kidnaps his daughter, only to have the whole plan backfire on him when he falls in love with her. The story itself was well-written, the plot moved along as it should. The story ended well.
Yes, I know you feel it...the looming "but"....
But....I felt nothing for the two main characters' budding relationship. There was more emotional tension in a possible uprising in one of the later scenes, than what I felt between these two. And I still don't know what Ilias looks like. I have deduced that he must have blond hair, because at one point, it was noted that all typical Dacians have blond hair, but I read the story through twice just to see if perhaps I had skipped over it by accident.
However...I have noticed that this story has been expanded with further details, so I'm hoping that all of these missing details have been added into the later edition.

1 comment:

  1. Kris,

    As Ilias' men would say, GRATITUDE for the kind review. I really appreciate your words. Good point about Ilias's appearance being missing (on purpose on my part). Hopefully you will get a glimpse of him in Zyraxes' story ;)