The Interpreter’s Tale: A Word With Too Many Meanings (Monthly Review)

So I’ve been mentioning here and there my intent to begin doing book reviews and I’m so excited to be announcing my first one. Especially one as pleasing as The Interpreter’s Tale by E.M. Epps.

First a brief synopsis:

41wiyut8qpl-_sx318_bo1204203200_As a linguist and military interpreter, Eliadmaru Faraa has always been a supporting character in other people’s stories. And so far, that’s been just fine with him: it’s words he loves, not swordplay or affairs of state.

Now he’s been asked for help by the Emperor’s nephew. Together, along with an irritating ambassador and a sorceress with a secret and a high sex drive, they aim to save an ailing princess and stop the trade of weapons to the border war.

Let me start off with everything that’s great about this book. I LOVED it. It was a captivating tale. The book could almost have been a resource shedding light on being an interpreter, but throw in sorcerers, magicians, heartbreak, and a royal court and you’ve got the makings of an epic adventure. The book was excellently written from the aspects of fantasy portrayed as real as if it all happened in our own history to the language jargon and occupational terminology (which I thoroughly enjoyed). It was clearly well-researched and the author masterfully wove in fact and fiction to bring a non-stop read. The action was brilliant, the sex tasteful, and the pace well done.

My biggest complaint was the lack of chapters. One thing I like when reading is the thought, “Only this many pages and I can take a quick break between chapters.” Not because I actually want to put the book down, but because my life is full and these small breaks are often necessary. The lack of distinction between one part to the next caused a dragging feeling.

Nevertheless I found myself sucked into the story and when I had to put it down I couldn’t wait to pick it back up. I read the entire thing over the course of a day. I definitely recommend this book! I’m giving it 5 stars overall.

If you’re interested in this book, you can check it out on Amazon.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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