Mono faces down the Holy Empire as it drives relentlessly toward the borders of his people. Yet even in the face of daunting odds, he holds onto their religious prophecies. Will hope reign supreme, or will Mono and his Legion succumb to their enemies?
Legion of Mono is a fantasy short story sitting at only 25 pages. The story follows Mono, the last commander of people pushed to the brink of extinction by a genocidal empire. Mono wants more than anything to save his husband, daughter, and nation from certain doom.
I was sent a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All views and opinions written in this post are my own.
Things I liked
The battle scene towards the end gave me Game of Thrones vibes. I really appreciated how descriptive the style of writing is. It really puts the reader in the characters shoes. I felt like I could imagine the scenes in such great depth thanks to the detailed writing of Tavenor.
Admittedly, in the beginning I went in with the assumption that Mono was female. So when the book later mentions that Mono was male I was taken back! I love that this book represents LGBT+ communities by featuring a male couple and their daughter. This was a pleasant surprise for me. I read a lot of fantasy and its always to nice to see equality being depicted more in literary fiction. I do, however, think Monos sex should be made clearer in the beginning.
Things to improve
While the writing itself is exceptionally descriptive and the words used were very captivating. Unfortunately, I found it quite difficult to fully understand what was happening and most importantly why. For stories like this, I feel like more background and fleshing out of characters and history is needed to fully immerse readers. I couldn’t connect with a character I barely know! Allowing for a longer story would have meant that I could have more emotional investment in what was happening. It all seems very serious and intense but its hard to get your head around what is actually happening to the fullest extent.
This is a personal preference but I am not the biggest fan of reading from first person. Adding the sections that were from the past tense as well just muddled my brain a bit. It was strange going from being inside someone’s head to suddenly thrown into some scenic moment from somewhere else.
Other Thoughts and Feelings
- I would have liked to have known where their daughter came from. Did they adopt here? Rescue her? How did she come to be theirs?
- More background about the possible extinction would have allowed me to empathise with the characters more.
- If this overriding story idea was branched out into a bigger book or even series I think it could have the potential to be an incredibly captivating and original tale.
Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Overall, I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It has so much potential to be an incredible fantasy novel but on this occasion I feel it was much too short and I feel more detail about the overarching story and characters was needed for me to give it the full five star rating.
Have you read Legion of Mono? If so, what were your thoughts about it?