*** Rated 3.5 / 5. Rounded up for Goodreads ***
*** Copy provided by the publisher ***
The Unborn by Amber Lynn Natusch is an interesting book in that one of the major premises in the book is the fact that Hades is actually a good father while the goods that we traditionally associated with “good” aren’t necessarily that good. Up is down and left is right and nothing is every as it seems.
One of the difficulties in writing a novel is being able to give each character his or her own distinct voice such that the reader is able to immediately identify the character by what they say and how they say it. Ms Natusch does a good job of differentiating the different characters within Unborn and imbuing them with a distinct personality. The only character she has trouble with is Ozereus and, unfortunately, this is one of the main characters.
Because she knows the changes that Ozereus is going to go through the character is somewhat muddy in the beginning and never really crystallizes into a unique character until closer to the end. Our protagonist, Khara, is also a bit confusing in her reactions to Ozereus (Oz) and this also shows throughout the novel.
I appreciate the effort that she spent working on the character of Khara and how her upbringing has shaped her decisions and her attitudes. The pain of her early years, the agony suffered at the hands of others, all of these things combined to create the character that came to life on the pages.
I look forward to the sequel to see how the characters change and develop now that their big reveal has shown them for who they really are.