Balam, Spring by Travis M. Riddle, self published 2018 trade paperback, fantasy-mystery
I saw an image of the cover and liked it, I followed that with reading a blurb, which sounded interesting, and wound up putting it on a wish list. It subsequently showed up under the Christmas tree, and I finally read it recently’
The Story: (from the blurb)
Balam is a sleepy town on the eastern coast of Atlua, surrounded by forest and sea. It’s a village where nothing happens and everybody knows each other.
When the town’s resident white mage (the healer or doctor) falls ill and dies. The town mayor calls for a replacement. By he time that new Mage, Aava, comes, several more townspeople begin to show similar symptoms, and people are dying. A suspicious young man appears in the local pub the same night the sickness begins to spread.
As the new Mage looks into the deaths, an ex-mercenary named Ryckert who has some battlefield medicine experience offers his help. Worse, whatever is causing the sickness seems to be attracting strange insectoid creatures from the surrounding woods, desecrating the bodies of the victims and tearing through anyone unlucky enough to cross their path.”
So, a fantasy, mystery with a medical puzzle. Could be just my cup of tea!
At page 80 I was still waiting for more than descriptions of character and setting, when I came across some grammatical errors. That bothered me, and the writing continued to be a problem for me, along with slow plot development and few characters I could care about.
An interesting idea, but…not enough depth. I gave it up at page 147. You might like it better, and if you decide to read it, I’d like to know. Really nice cover, though.