The Road to Damascus
Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)
When a magic ritual goes awry at the end of the First Crusade, a group of Knights Hospitaller are mistakenly made immortal, doomed to be reborn after each death. The knights fight with sword and magic, and, like the Hospitallers they once were, they care for the sick and dying.
Their foes are the Returned, banished mages who form a corporation in another dimension that’s hell-bent on destroying beauty, diversity, and tolerance in our world as completely as it has in their own.
Paul, seneschal to the K-Nurse council, and his comrades are jaded from centuries of fighting and bearing witness to the great tide of human cruelty. When Paul finds a baby in a dumpster on a cold November morning, his life, and the lives of all the Knight-Nurses, changes forever.
Although she is a spoiled child, and a tiresome teenager, Aurora reshapes the knights and the world around them. They will need every bit of her magic and her inspiration for the battles to come as the world slides toward tyranny and theocracy.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10
Plot: Tapper's storyline has all the elements of a fun, eventful fantasy story spooled through it, yet is quagmired by odd sequencing and a general lack of focus that derives it of momentum and dramatic interest.
Prose: There are flourishes of power and potency within Tapper's prose, and an ambition that a great many readers will find engaging. At moments, however, the writing may strike readers as insubstantial in its delivery.
Originality: Road to Damascus kicks off with a greatly original base concept: Knights Hospitaller, made immortal through magic, are reborn into the modern era.
Character/Execution: The cast of Road to Damascus are intriguing by way of their very circumstances. In some respects, however, they struggle to define themselves against the winds of a breezy pacing and an ephemeral prose style.
Date Submitted: August 31, 2022