“You are not a hero. You are a soldier. What you do…it’s not noble. It’s your duty.”
These were the words that Commander Kyle Griffin lived by. For 25 years, he played the part. He was a good soldier. He was the ultimate soldier. A mutant, born of royal blood, gifted with the cosmic power of the Celestial Spark, he was everything the Dominion Army had hoped for. He brought them countless victories, leading legions of their ferocious army against the meager rebellion known as the Splinter.
He and his team of elite Infinity Force operatives had the war all but won. Until he finally met an adversary that he couldn’t defeat: the truth.
Stripped of his rank and title and cast out of the only life he’s ever known, he’ll travel across the galaxy to find new allies to support his obsession with winning the war…and provide him with a singular opportunity for the revenge that his rage demands.
Will he be strong enough to win the fight of his life? He’ll soon find out.
My 4-Star Review
Imagine reading the book The Wizard of Oz and having it end just before the Wicked Witch gets melted…..
The Mortal God has a promising premise. A so-called mutant who has some intriguing abilities…like not needing to breathe… leads an elite group of operatives as a superior soldier. He’s successful on many levels and with many campaigns….until he learns ‘the truth’. No spoilers here, mind you, but of course, this truth changes everything.
Stripped of his rank and ostracized, he travels across the galaxy searching for new allies. He’s angry; he wants revenge, and his life depends on his success. With 24 chapters, author E.F. Skarda has plenty of time to flesh out the characters he meets, draw compelling settings and landscapes, and work some fresh twists into a slightly familiar plot line. There’s love and loss, loyalty and betrayal, mystery and action, everything a Space Opera ought to have.
Now, remember, it’s book ONE, so you do end up with more than a few questions spiraling in your head; questions I’ll not ask and, by doing so, drop a ton of spoilers on you. I’m hoping these open-ends in the plot will be neatly tied up in book Two and not left dangling…although, sometimes that’s just the way life is, right? Sometimes things happen and we’re left wondering. It may be too early to say with this one.
MC Commander Kyle Griffin has everything you want in a protagonist: he’s interesting, flawed, determined, and even vulnerable. I felt like much of this book was expository, in that, many of the things that happened were setting up future events. So, although engaging, the story also left me feeling a bit….just a bit…. disappointed. Not because it wasn’t an entertaining read, but because I was left with so many unanswered questions. Some might say that’s a great cliffhanger and an assurance readers will dive into book two. I hope, because there’s a lot of promise yet to be fulfilled with the story.