A Witness Above
By Andy Straka
A Netgalley review
These books just keep getting better.
So unless you really need to read all the back story, I don’t suggest you start here with the very first novel in this series.
I didn’t. and I’m really glad, I guessed all that was necessary from what was written in the book I did read. However, don’t let me stop you reading these books in order – it is often the best tactic .
This is an author who has learnt his trade as he has written and published.
His main character is fairly stock – especially in this first novel but with one great unusual characteristic – he flies hawks – taken from the author’s own passion. And in A Witness Above, we don’t hear enough about the hawks – for me. Which is why I prefer the later book which I have already reviewed (A Killing Sky on the 20th August on my blog: Tiggerrenewing).
So just 3 stars for this early novel, but then I find that authors with series generally fall into two categories:
- Those who start with a great bang and the subsequent books are more and more disappointing as they run out of storylines; or
- Those who start more modestly and improve steadily with each book written – their skills as story-tellers increase and they learn more about the 5 stages of classical story-telling and fit their characters better into them. This author falls into this category – I think.