- Title: Thief, Acolyte, Consort
- Author: James Robert Paige
- Series: None
- Genre: Romance Fantasy
- Publishing Date: May 2nd, 2020
- Publishing Co.: Indie
- Length: 202 pages
- Format: Kindle, Paperback
- Acquired: Given free print copy in exchange for an honest review
- Amazon Link: Thief, Acolyte, Consort
A new city and a fresh start was what former thief Catt Zago was looking for, but what she found instead was Great Bakak, a city-state ruled ancient tradition and full of everyday magic. A place full of many gods and many people. A place where the King rules supreme, but the royal executioners seem to be calling the shots.
First Chapter Challenge:
The chapters in this book seem to be very short and frequent. Perhaps each scene will have its own named chapter? Rather than reading just the first chapter (which was one page), I instead decided to read a few more pages before I wrote my initial thoughts.
So far, I’ve learned a bit about who I assume will be a main character, Catt Zago, and the city of Great Bakak. Although I haven’t seen much of either just yet, I have read enough to be interested in reading more! The city sounds like a lively and diverse place filled with all sorts of trouble that Catt can get into.
Final Judgment: 4.5 Stars out of 5
Catt Zago just moved into the city of Great Bakak, and had the astonishing experience of attending the Regicide festival. As the title suggests, she finds employment under Lemmy, a priest of many gods, and thus becomes an acolyte. She also befriends the new King and beds her, becoming the King’s Consort. Throughout all of this, Catt is trying to figure out a way to save her love from the next year’s Regicide… But time is running out, faster than she thought.
The world is amazing. The many and diverse gods, the clothes, the food, the people, the varying beliefs, it all is a bit overwhelming–but in a good way. Having Catt apprentice with Lemmy is the best situation, because us readers get to see a little bit of everything.
The ideas that create the world and plot are all unique. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this one–and that’s saying something! The government system and how power is transferred is in itself an interesting concept. But then Paige adds in the Priest of many Gods and his livelihood, magic, and everything else, and the book transforms the drab, mundane, real world into something fantastical.
LGBT+ relationship. This is ALWAYS a pro in my book, as long as the relationship is realistically displayed. And in this case, it is. An additional plus is the lack of stigma or judgment given to the two characters. It is perfectly normal for two women to be in a loving, sexual relationship.
The writing style is a bit elementary and simplistic for my tastes, especially when coupled with the somewhat adult content. However, it did make the reading go quickly, and I ended up finishing the novel in one night. As such, this is less of a “con” and more of a warning. It is not a book for deep thinking, but rather an easy, entertaining read.
There are many characters and the chapters a extremely short (sometimes only a paragraph long). This tends to fragment my reading and push me out of the story. Additionally, with the more characters added, I do not get as much information or backstory about the characters I truly care about. Instead, we get a superficial rundown of all the characters.
But overall, a great read! In fact, the ending was near-perfect in my mind. Some elements were predictable, but others were not at all, even though the book had been leaving clues throughout. I highly recommend to someone who wants a quick and easy, fun read!