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Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite
What would it be like to live in a society without technology, where people had to rely on their innate skills, beliefs, and magic to survive? Could the positive effects of love for one's people truly triumph over the negative forces of destruction in such a world? Through an epic tale of heroes and action, The Penitent transports us to a world that evil threatens to destroy. Pall Warren is one of the brave and exceptionally gifted people who have made it their mission to fight demons and liberate humanity from the tyranny of this all-pervasive evil. Pall travels to Gullswater with a man and his daughter, following the aftermath of a demon. He then sets out on a mission to find John Savage, a master bowman. He finds John engaged in combat in the port city of Seascale, which is under attack by the occult priest Kosem Mungadai. Mungadai uses demons, imps, and even slakes to attack the port city. Pall is a skilled fighter in hand-to-hand combat. However, in order to defeat these evil creatures, he must rely more on his spiritual abilities.
The plot development of the book is comparatively straightforward and simple to follow. In terms of character development, A. Keith Carreiro excelled. Each character is skillfully portrayed and has a unique personality. I resonated with their experiences and felt their joy, happiness, and rage. My favorite character was Pall, who I admired for his kindness to those around him and his determination to find his place in the world. I appreciated how the dialogue aided the plot's progression. The dialogue between the various characters brought the story to life and placed the events in their context. Through these conversations, the author highlighted and foreshadowed events without disrupting the narrative's flow. As a result, I had a solid grasp of each scene and the behaviors that defined it. I liked Carreiro's structural organization in writing this book because it made it easier for me to follow the plot and reference materials I found interesting. The chapters are beautifully reinforced by a prologue and an epilogue. Nothing about this book disappointed me. I thought it was a thrilling adventure novel suitable for any sci-fi or fantasy fan.