My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Along the Watchtower blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, constantly shifting between the real world, where Lieutenant Freddie Williams is an injured war veteran struggling to come to terms with his injuries and assimilate back into normal life, and the fantasy world where Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, is grieving for his father's death and must solve several riddles within thirty days or lose his right to the throne and his kingdom to the Horde.
It was a gripping story, artfully told, exploring the difficulties war veterans face, even if they return without any physical scars. I'm usually not one for US war veteran stories, but I was drawn into Freddie's world, through Litwack's masterful writing. Of course the fantasy parts didn't hurt (since I love fantasy), and I was despairing when Frederick seemed to fall into a funk when he couldn't find the answer to the riddles.
The build up towards the end of the book was tantalising, and I was waiting for this really epic conclusion, where Prince Frederick banishes the Horde... but... okay, you have to read it for yourself, but I felt it was a little bit of a let down. Lackluster is the word that came to mind. Without that, Along the Watchtower would have been a five-star read.
I received this ebook copy for review as part of a Novel Publicity tour.
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