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Trouganda: Silver Tears Book 1 (edition 2012)

by Daniel J Strait

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Title:Trouganda: Silver Tears Book 1
Authors:Daniel J Strait
Info:Outskirts Press (2012), Paperback, 132 pages
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Tags:science fiction

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Trouganda is the first of a five book series. It focuses on Nakiata,The First of five individuals (seeing a pattern here?) destined for some act of greatness. On the surface I really like Nakiata. She is a strong warrior woman and I generally love strong female characters. Unfortunately I found her (and almost everyone except for Dravone) flat and emotionless. Her first response to any challenge is violence. Granted, she has been trained to be that way, but this repeated one trick left no room for variation and/or character development. She had one predictable response to all scenarios. Further, since she had mastered her art more fully than anyone else she was essentially untouchable. No-one presented her with anything she was anything but confident in facing, so there was no reason for her emotional state or behaviour to change at any point or for her to fear simply stating to anyone things one would expect to be a secret.

The writing is very much in the style of a storyteller. Everything is described in minute detail from the perspective of a disembodied narrator. There is very little internal dialogue or direct character interactions. Though it is my absolute least favourite literary critique, I suppose it would be accurate to say it is largely tell not show. Despite all of that I did really like the story. The concept a disembodied (or decultured) prophecy crossing millenniums, galaxies and species before fulfilment is really interesting. I suspect that as the series progresses the character list will increase, allowing for more variation. I'd be more than willing to read the second book when it is available. ( )
  SadieSForsythe | Feb 24, 2016 |
I was not able to finish Trouganda for many reasons. The dialogue was stilted and didn't ring true to me, there was no real tension despite the difficult situations the characters found themselves in (they were able to solve their problems immediately), the font choices were eye-straining, and the amount of grammatical mistakes made reading frustrating. I also greatly disliked the use of an acronym in the book's setting for Shadow of Thought (the magic system of the story). Especially since whenever I saw SOT my brain auto-filled a different ending letter.... A friend who also gave this book a try likened the storyline to a video game where the main character effortlessly takes down all her enemies and I thought it was a good description of much of the book. ( )
  anyaejo | Aug 4, 2013 |
As someone who doesn't read much science fiction or action, this book was a pleasant surprise! The character of Nakiata is a strong (and lethal) girl who grows up in a world of weapons and danger. When she reaches the time of her final test, she is placed on a journey by herself which are meant to test her abilities. Before embarking on her journey, she realizes that she is part of a prophecy and is actually only one piece of a puzzle of that prophecy.

I found myself really liking Nakiata - she is a strong girl who is at the top of her ability. An ability, by the way, that no other girl has ever had. That alone was awesome, but to have a leading lady in a story that is not clouded in judgement by a love story is a major plus.

I really did enjoy this book, however, I also had some thoughts as I was reading it. The main one being that for all the action and graphic violence (yes, it is graphic - but enjoyable if you like action!), I would have wanted more of an in depth look into the character of Nakiata and whether or not there was any conflict with her training. The reader sees a glimpse of that when she is on the verge of being told about her final test, but then it gets overshadowed by the test itself. Perhaps it's because of the couple of action/science fiction books I have read before, but I felt that I needed something more personal in terms of understanding Nakiata.

Regardless, this book is part of a series and the Nakiata's story and the prophecy was intriguing enough that I want to know what happens in the other books of the series! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun and interesting quick science fiction/action read! ( )
  book.fidelity | Nov 28, 2012 |
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