This is PART ONE, a review of Blaggard's Moon.
PART TWO will be the first half of an interview with George Bryan Polivka, where he talks about writing Blaggard's Moon. PART THREE will be an interview with Polivka that might interest other authors out there, as Polivka talks about writing in general.
And now...onto the review of Blaggard's Moon!
I became a fan of Bryan Polivka's storytelling when I first reviewed The Legend of the Firefish in 2007. After reading Blaggard's Moon, I was left stirred spiritually and emotionally yet again. The best way I can think to put it is: Brian writes the kind of stories I like, and he writes them beautifully.
There is adventure, daring, heroism, faith, battles, heart-wrenching struggles, and characters so alive and so human, I find myself right there with them, holding my breath in their peril, and jumping for joy at their triumphs.
Blaggard's Moon is a prequel to the Trophy Chase trilogy. The cast of characters is large, and the story is epic. This isn't your typical good guys win in the end type of story. There are tremendous consequences for those characters who choose to do good in the face of evil. I think that is what makes this story so compelling, because just as in real life, the heroes don't always come home alive. Sometimes good men die, and sometimes bad men live. And that is exactly the question Blaggard's Moon presents: will you choose to do evil and live, or to do good and possibly pay the ultimate price?
It's hard for me to think of a con for this book...and since any con I can think up seems kind of trivial, I'm skipping the cons! I guess some authors just hit all the right buttons for you.
I must add this: Polivka's pirates are among the most three-dimensional bad guys I've read in a long while. Though cruel, and murderously wicked, they often surprised me in circumstances where their humanity shows through. Polivka writes his pirates in a way that teeters back and forth between humorous, mirthful buccaneers, to bloody, merciless cutthroats. It's as if he's captured the ideal pirate in every one's imagination and then slammed them together into a motley, jovial bandit living for gold, laughs, and preserving his own hide.