eBook Review: Nightmare

Nightmare (The Silent Empire, #2)

Nightmare by Steven Harper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nightmare (Amazon / Smashwords) by Steven Harper is book 2 in The Silent Empire Series. The title of the first book is Silent (Amazon / Smashwords) and you’ll find my review for Silent here.

Nightmare is more of a prequel and I must say that I really enjoyed this book. It was excellent in all ways.

The story takes us back to Kendi’s childhood. We see how he is split up from his family when he’s sold into slavery. We share the life that follows. It’s a hard life, a subservient life but Kendi is unwilling to forget his past. When the Children of Irfan rescue him some years later, he can hardly believe he’s free, let alone safe. But it turns out he’s not safe; no Silent is safe because there’s a serial killer on the loose.

The hesitation I felt from the author in book one was non-existent in this book. It was so much more believable. The characters came alive on the page. The setting was three dimensional. The plot was sort of like a fantasy/science fiction mystery thriller, which I considered to be well thought out and written. There were some gory descriptions but nothing that wasn’t absolutely necessary for the storyline.

The thing that stood out the most was the fact that I started reading and with no time at all, I was finished! For me, this is a sign that I’ve been totally absorbed by what I’m reading. The words flowed effortlessly, the storyline unfolded without any jarring occurrences and the resolution was more than just acceptable.

Again, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I certainly will be purchasing the next book in the series.

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