Okay. We have gotten a book review each week for the last few weeks. This is going really well. For once lol. This was a really quick read. Kinda irritated that I kept getting interrupted for reading it tho.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Breach of Peace by Daniel Greene
Synopsis From The Book
An imperial family is found butchered. Officers of God are called to investigate. Evidence points to a rebel group trying to seed fear into the very heart of the empire itself. Inspector Khlid takes the case and begins a harrowing hunt for those responsible. But when a larger conspiracy comes to light, will Inspector Khlid be able to trust those working within her own precinct?
Fantasy | Adult – PW |Depictions of Murder, Murder, Corruption | Corruption, Governmental Control, Doubt and Trust
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
I did get this novella shipped to me early which was a wonderful surprise. I have not really thought much more about it other than that. I know that this is supposed to be the first of three novellas that then lead into a larger series. I really don’t review novellas as super long winded things, so I’m not anticipating this review to be that long.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Oooh. Okay, that was interesting. I wasn’t prepared for everyone to get wiped out. I am very much invested in learning more about these police and inspectors. I’m loweky sad it ended so quick, even though I knew it was a novella.
Khlid is an Inspector for the Empire. Inspectors are police officers with the abilities over the law that some other officers wish they had. It means they can get away with a lot. Khlid is called to a brutal murder of a family. While investigating, her husband arrives after being gone for three weeks and the two of them join up with Inspector Chapman. The three of them are confronted by a monster in the basement of the manor, who is later said to be the manor owner.
Chapman, who is acting suspiciously, is followed by Khlid and Sam. Sam and Chapman get into a fight and Khlid sends him to the precinct. She then finds out that Chapman is working with the rebels, and a traitor. He drugs her and gives her a concussion, tells her of a location of suspicious behavior and leaves. She goes back to the precinct, and they go to raid the warehouse with much of the force. When they get there, Khlid and Sam find Chapman dead and turned into a monster. An Anointed, Chosen by the Almighty God, is there and it turns out that the suspicious behavior is under the Empire. Sam dies and Khlid flees. She is taken in by prostitutes, and sent back to the precinct. There she talks to her captain and he is about to help her disappear when the Anointed arrives and kills them all.
The novella ends with a reporter crying as he types up a false story. His half-brother died in a fire, supposedly. Only, he had seen his brother before his supposed time of death. His brother had told him a story of an inspector who was running for her life. Both the precinct and the brothel were burned to the ground.
What I Liked:
General Idea; I like the idea of cops in a story. I liked following them and their activities, as well as seeing this world from their eyes.
Chosen Ones; I like seeing these Anointed as pretty much evil figures. It leaves me wondering how the main series is going to go from here.
Novella; I knew that this was going to be a set of novellas leading up to the main story, and now I am wanting more.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed: