Welcome back everyone, always fun to do a double blog tour week! Today is my review for the blog tour for BBNYA finalist, Fid’s Crusade by David H. Reiss!
Rage, grief and guilt have fueled Doctor Fid’s endless quest to punish the unworthy and he has left a long trail of blood and misery in his wake. For more than two decades, the sight of the villain’s powered armor has struck fear into the hearts of hero and civilian alike! But when a personal tragedy motivates Doctor Fid to investigate a crime, he uncovers a plot so heinous that even he is taken aback.
Haunted by painful memories and profound guilt, the veteran supervillain must race against time if he is to have any hope of confronting the approaching threat. Every battle takes its toll…but the stakes are too high for retreat to be an option.
In the end, it may take a villain to save the world from those entrusted with the world’s protection.
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It takes a certain kind of determination to write your first book about a villain. Despite the fact we all love them, from the classic Disney Villains to Kylo Ren, I think all of us have rooted for the bad guy at some stage. It’s still not something you often find in novels. My own favourite series growing up, Artemis Fowl, is still fairly unique in it’s aspect of following a child who is a criminal genius and his plan to overthrow an entire society to restore his family fortune. What I’m basically saying is I was doomed to love Doctor Fid from the start.
Sitting on this for so long has been very difficult, I read this back in December when it was a BBNYA finalist and I had to not tell anyone. Didn’t help I was recovering from a hospital procedure at the time so my family were subjected to my gushing. What this book manages to achieve is so great, a story of a super powered villain, who in his civilian life works in groundbreaking technology who you also come to want to see be finally happy and be free of his guilt.
Something that works entirely in the books favour is the world building hitting the ground running from the first page. Superhero stories are always hinged on a successfully painted world that not only draw the reader in right away but also sell the world to you so that you could believe it is easily a world you could live in. The story kicks off with a climactic battle between Fid and the Guardians, this worlds superhero team, the Guardians. I think this was a the best move since it’s setting the mood for the story, sets up the world and introduces the characters. Not only that but it puts no doubt in your mind that Fid is a villain. Even going as far as stating;
‘Every once in a while, I really did consider killing him. But not today.’
The wealth of the story and narrative are focussed on Fid’s character and his own growth. The origin story of his move towards full fledged villainy is covered a lot over the process of the book. I also liked the change of it being about a sibling and not a love interest. Mostly just that it lent Fid another layer of grey that makes his turning on the Guardians a little more sympathetic. This along side of the pacing were the main standouts for me. Fid get’s not so much an attempt at redemption, but to regain his life somewhat. The tragic loss of his own family, the work he has done to change the make up of his own brain and the sheer amount of damage he causes wreaking havoc at the Guardians is something he does begin to confront as the story goes on.
As the story unravels and things become clearer to Fid, the reader and even some of the Guardians, it’s hard not to be caught up in this utterly cinematic story. It has all the pacing needed to maintain a mystery and a story about people with superpowers in it never stops. I think as well what was done best as well was despite the amount of time we spend in Fid’s head and from his perspective, we still get a lot of action packed moments and a good mystery that I didn’t see coming.
This is a book that I would highly recommend for fans of super hero movies and generally comic readers wanting something more in their lane with more plot and development. This is an absolutely wonderful start to a series and I want to thank The Write Reads for giving me the chance to read this as part of BBNYA and review this on the blog tour today. Thanks for checking in guys and happy reading!