Monday, April 20, 2015

Review - No Quarter: Dominium @artistmjlevans

No Quarter: Dominium (Novella 1)
Title: No Quarter: Dominium (Novella 1)
Authors: M.J.L. Evans and G.M. O'Connor
Series: Novella 1 of 6
Release Date: January 28th 2015
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: self-published
Source: free on Smashwords


Novella 1 begins In 1689 Port Royal, Jamaica with Atia Crisp and her sister Livia shipwrecked and sold into slavery. They are soon separated and Atia is used a pawn in a deadly card game. Atia is swiftly liberated by French pirate Gator Gar and they take refuge at Cherry Red's brothel. They meet up with allies including the medication loving Dr. Strangewayes and Theodore Binge the card shark.

MJL Evans is the co-author of the 6-part novella series, No Quarter: Dominium. A writer of romance and relationship articles featured in publications like Monday Magazine in November 2004 and again in February 2006, she writes fiction of humor, eroticism, and historical presence. Published in the November 2014 issue of Flash Fiction Magazine, Red Dragon is vibrant in description woven with magnified details.
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, MJL Evans studied English at Victoria School of Writing and Camosun College. Not only is she passionate about her written expression, she is enthusiastic about her visual art masterpieces she has created over the past 20 years and has at least 60 plus paintings to her credit. MJL Evans is also a lover of film, independent, foreign, and cult. Her favorites include: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Nymphomaniac, Secret Window, The Brood, Brotherhood of the Wolf and many others.
Her visual artist website can be found at:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGary M O’Connor is a huge movie fan, writer and artist.
A lover of Sci-fi and history, half his brain lives in the seventeenth century past while the other sails perpetually through space.

No Quarter: Dominium is the first of a six part novella series. As the first part it achieves to present the characters, the scenarios and the plot in general lines.

Set in 1689, this is the story of Atia Crisp and how because of a series of events she ends up being a victim of the slavery system. There are many secondary characters and subplot to develop in the future parts.

The POV is constantly changing, the narrator tells us about what is going on in different places which allow us to see the whole picture, get to see where every character is standing and what his or her motivations are.

The writing is really good, it captures the essence of that era and it gives the story a fast rhythm. The historical element is well used; the descriptions of places, ships, pirates and even the clothes make the world more complete and believable.

I can imagine a great love story between Atia and his savior but for now they are just together trying to survive.

Being a novella this one is a short read and I’m giving it three stars because is a good platform for a great series and as a presentation it does a good job. I want to know what’s next and I’m sure it only will get better.

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