The House of the Scarred Backs
Author: B.A. Huntley
Title: The House of the Scarred Backs
Series: Part of the Roughhouse Raiders Collection
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Two Petals
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The House of the Scarred Backs has held their territory for six generations. Few dare to challenge them, and those few foolish swiftly regret it—assuming they survive the mistake. Alkeides is a proud Brother, happy and honoured to do whatever is asked of him to look after the Scarred Backs. When he is called upon to track down a possible traitor and murderer in their midst—a vile shifter who may have infiltrated their ranks—Alkeides doesn't hesitate.
But a simple hunt for a traitor has unexpected consequences, leaving Alkeides wondering who he really is and what he really wants.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Alkeides is part of a motorcycle gang that controls the 97, a road that cuts through the desert. His life is harsh, with set rules of how to behave and how to keep the club's rules. War is brewing between his club and one of the neighboring ones. Shape shifters are also acting up and Alkeides is tasked with figuring out why before the war becomes a massacre.
For the first ten pages of this book I was completely lost. I had absolutely no idea what was going on. There was no context given to explain why the world was so strange, or how a motorcycle club had come to rule a large territory. There needed to be some definitions for the terms used and some descriptions to explain the difference between the motorcycle clubs. The first ten pages of a forty page book is a significant amount to be confused for, and while the final thirty pages weren't missing as much detail they weren't considerably better.
I still gave this story two petals because of the characterizations. I felt Alkedies' fear over his friend's well-being and his anguish over the war. I didn't understand why he was feeling those emotions, since I didn't understand the plot of the book, but those emotions and the characterizations as a whole were the only part of the book that worked.
Much of this book was completely lost in translation. I had no idea what was going on because there wasn't nearly enough description to give me any idea what the plot entailed. The characterizations were good, but it wasn't enough to redeem this book and I therefore cannot recommend it.
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