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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Nor By Might is a work of fiction in the science fiction, emotional drama, and thrilling adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author J. D. Morales. Written for adult reading audiences, the work does contain scenes of violence, the use of explicit language throughout, moderate sex references, and the inclusion of drug and alcohol usage. This fantastical yet gritty and realistic tale sees us venturing into a world where much of civilization has been laid waste by magic. A young boy with a prophecy branded on his neck seeks salvation in the far-off mountains, but getting there is going to be the struggle of a lifetime.
Author J. D. Morales has created a truly fascinating sci-fi and fantasy set-up for this tale, but one which blends seamlessly into the realistic actions of the characters who experience it. Conceptually strong and with a resonating moral message about faith and determination, I was highly impressed by the lack of gimmicks in the invention of the magical and supernatural inclusions that Tommy and his band face. In places, the work feels like a post-apocalyptic western, and the action scenes certainly live up to everything that the suspenseful creation of atmosphere promises. And to top all this off there’s Tommy, at the heart of the story, with a powerful determination and survival instinct that is both endearing and inspiring to read about. Overall, Nor By Might is a unique genre-spanning work that will be sure to please readers of speculative fiction who still seek deep emotional resonance and plenty of grit.