Book Review: The Tribe of Ishmael by: Heather Heffner


Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Heather Heffner

Publication Date: December 31, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: There are no heroes. Only villains...

Ishmael Abajian has always been a play-by-the-rules kind of guy, so when he stows aboard a train to escape from dangerous pursuers, he figures his guardian angel will overlook it. Except each train car appears to represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins. And the demon conductor informs him that he is no longer alive, deepest condolences. Not to mention the accidentally-going-to-Hell part—tough break. Too bad there’s no better luck next time.

Now trapped in a dark authoritarian world embroiled in power struggles and dreams of liberation, Ishmael teams up with a girl who may-or-may-not be a murderer in order to recover their lost memories and escape. However, as a free soul condemned neither to Hell nor Paradise, Ishmael is something that some demons have been waiting for, while others will stop at nothing to destroy: change.

The first installment in a brand-new epic fantasy series, THE TRIBE OF ISHMAEL is a dark metaphysical adventure containing hellhounds with nasty frost-bites and lots of adult content.

Welcome aboard the Sunnyside Express.
Next stop: the Afterlife.
Whatever you do, please don’t abandon all hope.
That wouldn’t be as much fun.

Series: The Tribe of Ishmael (1), The Staff of Aaron (2)

Review: THE TRIBE OF ISHMAEL is the first book in a devilishly dark fantasy series. Trying to escape his evil father’s people, Ishmael jumps about a train. Yet, this is no ordinary train – it’s a train destined for Hell with each car filled with those guilty of each one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Their palms hold a mark – a red number marking their place. Ishmael has no number and is an anomaly in Hell. Pushed and pulled by forces unknown, Ishmael is a pawn in a game between those who long for change and those who will do anything to destroy it. THE TRIBE OF ISHMAEL features a well-defined world, intriguing characters – both human and demon, and a tantalizing plot. At times, I felt a little overwhelmed, but the story kept my interest throughout the journey. THE TRIBE OF ISHMAEL is definitely a departure from your everyday…!

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