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John Spearman
Author
FitzDuncan's Fortune
The adventures of Casimir FitzDuncan continue. FitzDuncan takes on a new case, helping someone protect his inheritance. He then is asked by the king to accompany the new royal assassin on a dangerous mission to the southern continent. All does not go as planned and Caz is in danger of missing his wedding to the lovely Lucy, Lady Darling. Following the wedding, Caz is summoned to meet the king again and given a surprising new assignment.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 6.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: The plot, while moving along at a decent pace, nonetheless feels overstuffed and unfocused, which may turn the read into something of an endurance test for readers.

Prose: Spearman leverages accessible, often evocative prose at the reader, which serves well to keep the flow moving, though it staggers a bit under the weight of wordy exposition and bursts of uneven dialogue.

Originality: The worldbuilding is crisp and well-developed. While the work may not stand out significantly amidst its contemporaries, fans of lore and world-craft should find much to delight in.

Character Development/Execution: Spearman crafts his characters with evident love and focus, though a reliance on exposition and front-loaded information works to bog down the cast and rob them of some of their organic qualities.

Date Submitted: June 14, 2022

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