The strange thing is that, first of all I feel a little of selfishness in Edouard, true, he is in a very bad situation and alone he has no chance to escape, but he practically dragged Farid in his own nightmare, with very little chance to success. And if I understood correctly, Farid was not even Edouard first choice, but more or less the only one who answered Edouard’s plea for help. Edouard and Farid were lovers when they were together as Legionnaire, but that is not the reason why Edouard contacted Farid, I didn’t have the feeling they were lost lovers hoping to meet again, I think it’s more that Edouard considers Farid crazy enough to embark in a desperate mission.
The fact that Edouard and Farid were not your usual perfect romance heroes made this novella even more interesting, it had a strange dryness and a feeling of crazy men without future and right for that reason willing to risk their life for little more than the thrill of adventure. The dryness was given by their attitude, to give you an example, Edouard is repeatedly raped by the monster (even if you don’t directly read about that, it’s only referred), but he is not a chaos of emotions, he has more a cold hate and a desire of find a way out. Strange is that I had no the feeling Edouard or Fard were cold or without heart, but more that they were able to control their emotions.
Amazon Kindle: First Watch
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 27, 2011)
Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bott
Cover Art by Roberto Quintero