Title: A Knot in Time
Author: Will Greenway
Publisher: Writers Exchange
Buy Link: Buy A Knot In Time Here!
Rating: You Want to Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
Shaladen Chronicles extends an invitation to both Science Fiction and Fantasy readers, as well as any mainstream readers willing to put aside what they know to enjoy a trip through time and space. Like all good science fiction, the Shaladen universe generally plays by the rules of physics as we know and speculate about them. Additionally, like in good fantasy, magic exists--it has rules and most importantly a cost.
In the Shaladen universe we have heroes and super-heroes, villains, and super villains... we have the full gamut of emotions and situations: love, unrequited love, humor, hate, and people driven by revenge. It is a place where a mortal man can shake hands with an immortal, and the boundaries of time-space can be broken with a thought. Prime your imagination pump, sit back with your favorite beverage, take book in hand, and prepare for a ride that won't disappoint...
I can honestly say this is well written. I saw no typos and the flow was even and well paced. However, it is drowning in techno babble. There is a rule of thumb in writing that says call a spade a spade. I have no idea what a “rev” is beyond a measurement of time; but is it a second or a minute or something in between. What makes series like, say, Star Trek work is that the techno babble is kept to a minimum and in small doses. But when a story constantly uses words that the reader doesn’t know, it at best, makes the reader feel they have missed something, and at worst, stupid.
The only character I could relate to was Corim, simply because he was the only one who was humanized. Half the other characters are these...magical/mechanical/plant-based warrior species called Kriar. They are the main spouters of the aforementioned techno babble, and as a whole are completely un-relatable. Weather this intentional or accidental seems irrelevant in the face of the fact that an un-relatable character is next to impossible to care about.
Overall, I believe there is a good story in here, but it will take some heavy editing to find it.