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  1. says:

    A tournament is announced and three warriors band together to journey to Danoor to take part Meanwhile two mages plot to travel to the outer atmosphere to confront the god AdrashOver the past few years I've made no secret of the fact that I'm partial to fantasy that dares to step outside the Tolkien via Dungeons and Dragons box No Return certainly fits the billNo Return is one of those books that I struggle to describe Cosmic fantasy akin to Michael Moorcock Roger Zelazny and Jack Kirby? Partly but it's also a hero's journey at least to a pointVedas is the closest thing to a straight up hero in the book He wears a Blacksuit a garment made of the skin of one of the eldermen beings who predate humans Look I said this was a special book just follow me He's torn between his loyalty to the order and his feelings toward Churls Churls is a gambler drunk and uite a fighter struggling with her feelings toward Vedas and is haunted by the host of her dead daugher Berun the artifical man is conflicted between his loyaly toward his master and his feelings toward his new friends And that's just the warriors journeying to the tournamentWhile the tournament thread was my favorite part of the book the mages looking to supplant Adrash were a close second How can you not love mages flying to the moon to confront a god? Ebn and Pol both proved to be well rounded characters Lots of twists in the mage thread Adrash reminded me of a combination of the Silver Surfer and one of Jack Kirby's later creations the New Gods He was unlike the usual petulant child or all knowing figure gods are normally portrayed as in fantasy Adrash is a force of nature you do not want to crossThe subject matter reminded me of Roger Zelazny Michael Moorcock Jack Vance and Philip Jose Farmer fantasy with shades of science fiction The worldbuilding was just the way I like it deep but not deep enough to drown in The writing was detailed without being overwritten again something I'm a big fan of For a fantasy book there's a fair amount of sex to go with the violenceI'm probably just being fickle by not slapping a five star rating on this It's the first book in a trilogy but feels fairly self contained I really don't have anything to complain about I enjoyed the shit out of this and look forward to whatever Zachary Jernigan serves up next 45 out of 5 stars


  2. says:

    Overall rating 4 12 stars Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic ANALYSIS Zachary Jernigan’s No Return is a debut that drew my attention to it like a moth to a flame The blurb detailed a foreign world and races that was simply too enticing for a fantasy fan like me The author was kind enough to send me a copy and I started reading it with high anticipation but not knowing what to expectThe story is set on the world of Jeroun wherein a single habitable pan continent is the focus of the entire tale It is a world wherein a God named Adrash has existed for eons and now has left humanity and other races bereft of his divine presence The world since then has developed in interesting ways after Adrash nearly destroyed it by causing two of his artificially created spheres to slam onto Jeroun’s surface and caused an ice age of sorts The two main religions that have arisen due to these actions are Adrashi and Anadrashi that espouse either rule of Adrash or rule of man Both these factions have long clashed with each other causing further rifts and doubts to arise Adrash since then has created several spheres that he aligns in a fashion of sorts which has been titled “the Needle” and threatens to wipe out Jeroun’s inhabitants This has lead to an interesting development and now we find ourselves in midst of the story wherein all the characters are trying to achieve what they think they shouldVedas Tezul is a warrior of the 13th order of Black Suits who is also the most adept fighter amongst them and is chosen to be their representative for the decennial tournament at Danoor Churli Casta Jones is a warrior who has her own reasons to travel to the Danoor tournament but she’s not alone and will have to learn to trust other warriors again Berun is a constructed man and therefore not entirely human but he shares within his mind memories of his creator and will have to decide whether he is his own person or just a creation Pol Tanz Et Som and Ebn Bon Mari are royal outbound mages who regularly make trips into space to observe Adrash and the Needle They however have their own plans to accomplish and they will do anything everything to get their way These are the main POV characters and the reader will have to ascertain what each and everyone wantsThis book is one of the weirdest and simply terrific fantasy SF hybrids that I have ever come across Firstly kudos to the author for coming up this plot and ensconcing a complex world races and magic system within such a slim volume The author also retains a certain simplicity to his tale by not making it overtly obtuse a la Erikson or R Scott Bakker This was one aspect that I liked a lot not that the author has made this story an overtly simplistic one as there’s a lot going on and packs uite a wallop within its pages It focusses on religion group mindsets and the way of life as evolved due to circumstances as seen uniuely on this planet and all of which makes for a very fascinating storyHis world and storyline are definitely uniue in the sense that they combine different genres and themes to give us a story about finding the truth be it about life religion one's role etc The author has to be lauded for his effort in undertaking such a different story as he also tackles various issues brought forth by religious viewpoints that differ drastically ethnic and racial tensions and much He however has managed to combine all these difficult ueries within the folds of his story in spite of the single volume nature of the tale The author also takes a very vivid view towards the sexuality of his characters and writes some exotic scenes featuring alien anatomy For a few readers who aren't used to such frank scenes might not be able to fathom it entirely but again it will be upon the reader's perspective in regards to the judgment of these scenesIf there is a drawback to this story then it would be the way the story ends the reader will want to know about the world and the characters introduced within In this regard while the story ends on a climatic note certain threads left open will cause some consternation for readers that are engulfed within the story I was one among them and therefore I would very much like to know about the future and past of this strange alien world Zachary Jernigan has spoken about this aspect in his guest post a bit as well in his email correspondence Hopefully most of the uestions about the world and its history will be answered in a companion volume and so I’ll among the first to grab it whenever its writtenCONCLUSION Zachary Jernigan writes with a flair for the weird and makes it endearing enough for readers to feel familiar with it No Return is a magnificent debut that straddles fantasy and SF genres seamlessly and makes itself into a jewel faceting both fields I completely loved this debut and will have very high hopes from Mr Jernigan for all his future works based on the raw talent that is showcased within Make sure you don’t miss this one as this book will be definitely featuring highly in my year end lists


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    No Return by Zachary Jernigan Old review that GR deleted No Return is the debut novel from Zachary Jernigan and I have to say this is a difficult one to summarise my thoughts on mainly because I enjoyed so many different elements of this fantastically layered story A fantasy novel with strong Sci fi elements set on the planet Jeroun the world building is excellent and paced well the characters have depth and likeability there's plenty of sectarian violence and a martial arts tournament between the two factions sex that incidentally is uite well written but the thing that stuck with me the most is that this primarily is a story of relationships and how they develop As the plot unravels the three main characters move through various feelings towards each other from initial dislike and wariness to a profound respect for one and outright desire for another The Sectarian violence and near eternal dispute is  between the white suits the followers of the god Adrash and the black suits the followers of man who believe Adrash the enemy Both factions meet in organized fights that usually result in death's on both sides Vedas Tazul is a member of the 13th order of black suits he wears an elder cloth suit that has not been taken off in twenty years the suit has magical properties including protection against contact or blow and healing Vedas is chosen to represent the order of the black suits from the city Golna to fight in the tournament between the two factions at Danoor Berun is a constructed man of spheres and a hero of the people from the fighting tournaments he achieved notoriety by assassinating a powerful religious figure in Nos Ulom after escaping to Golna where the governor's invited him to a tournament merely to aggravate those in Nos Ulom He now lives in Butchertown above the Abbey of the 17th order his only interest is violence and he protects the order although he has no religious affiliations He tells the orders leader of his visions and it is arranged that he will travel with the chosen Golna champion Vedas to Danoor Churli Casta Jons is a tough female fighter hiding out in Basec after running up gambling debts she is visited by her former lover and manager who puts a proposition to her She must fight in Danoor as the prizes are considerable and anyone reaching the last eight has the option to retire First she must meet Vedas and Berun win their trust and act as there guide Their journey to Danoor is one of discovery each character has flaws demons and an inherent goodness in them and their interaction is a joy to read The second thread in the story is about the leader of the royal outbound Mages Ebn Bon Mari and the object of Ebn's desire Pol Tanz et Som another mage with a hidden agenda this story is eually as riveting as their ultimate goal is to reach the God Adrash and ensure peace for the planet My only slight complaint was the epic build up to the tournament that seemed over in a heartbeat although there is a lot of other things happening around these events Berun and Churls never fight the focus is all on Vedas who has a pivotal role to playAlso posted at


  4. says:

    I don't know if it was the title the cover or the blurb but something about No Return caused me to pass it by when it was first released I remember it and may have even had it in my review pile at some point but it wasn't until the blurb for Shower of Stones caught my eye that I decided to go back revisit itWhile I didn't find it entirely successful I do have to give Zachary Jernigan full credit for doing something new and for bringing some fresh ideas to the heroic fantasy genre Really this is a fantasy novel unlike I have ever read before It's as much science fiction as it is fantasy with a magical sort of superhero element to it and some very odd flashes of eroticaConfused? So was I at least for the first few chapters This is a story set in a world where the gods are real and where Adrash the last god standing remains among the stars bored depressed and idly contemplating the destruction of the world below He has crafted a series of metal moon sized spheres the orbit and rotation of which he shifts ever so slightly to keep his worshipers anxious and uneasy He's already caused two cataclysms by dropping individual spheres upon the planet but the next should it come will be the big oneOn the planet below mortals are pretty evenly split into those who believe those who don't and those who simply don't care They harvest the petrified flesh and bone of the elders dead gods or perhaps just immortals it's not clear to feed their magic not realizing that consuming the elder bone dust is hastening their own demise Among these magic users on one side of the world are those who wear the Black Suits and those who wear the White Suits each of them something akin to a latex or leather clad superhero stronger faster and resilient than any mortal On the other side of the world we find the Royal Outbound Mages similarly attired in superhero suits of black but astronauts rather than fighters launching themselves into space to make contact with their godThe novel follows two converging story lines with the first being a traditional sort of uestjourney across the world Vedas is a member of the Black Suits haunted by the deaths he couldn't prevent; Churls is a mercenary a brutal young woman haunted by the ghost of her daughter; and Berun is a mechanical man constructed of spheres who is haunted by his creator Together they're travelling across the world to a great tournament facing off against multiple horrors along the way The second is of a magical or philosophical uest with a pair of Royal Outbound Mages looking to seduce appease or destroy Adrash Ebn is the woman with mouths in her hands who play a masturbatory role in her magic while Pol is of a scientist than a magician and not above seducing other men to get what he wantsNo Return was an absolutely fascinating story with some big ideas some nice subversion of the usual tropes and a fresh take on mythology and religion Where it fell a little short for me however was with the characters and the narrative structure The characters were interesting but I never really warmed up to them I was curious to see who'd win out and how but never became emotionally invested in the outcome The story was well written but the narrative itself was somewhat dry to the point where I skimmed a bit towards the end with a structure that too often forced a character viewpoint just to maintain the pattern Jernigan establishedI liked the book I was fascinated by it but I can't really say I enjoyed it That said I'm still inclined to check out the seuel to see how the suitably epic climax plays out but I hope we'll get a chance to warm up to at least a few characters before he's done Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins


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    I love this author His book was recommended to me by a friend of mine on Goodreads thanks Amber and I when I added it to my to read list Mr Jernigan added me as a friend It gave me a great chance to see him in action with his blog reviews and comments I must admit No Return wasn’t high on my list I tend to lean towards swordsorcerytraditional type fantasy books and this had a bit of sci fi mix which put it further down on my list However after following the author I catapulted it to the top He is so incredibly interesting and engaging that it rose my curiosity about his book Follow him and you’ll see what I meanSince I’ve followed Jernigan for a bit I know he enjoys swearing and actually encourages it You might not know it based on previous posts or my book but I cuss like a sailor My mother clutches her pearls around me all the time Therefore I’ll be free with my language out of respect for Jernigan If cursing bothers you I’d suggest you stop reading after this paragraph and I’d highly suggest steering clear of this book Me? Well I find swearing keeps me honest I’m not so cautious of what I say and I tend to be a bad liar because of it I attribute this to my cussing I’m less guarded about my words therefore I speak what I honestly feel Granted working in a horribly stuffy corporate environment tamed me but now that I'm free of it I’m slowly finding my spiritSo now that we’ve said those things on to the reviewWow I walked away from this book feeling weighted It was a heavy read It was not light and airy It did not induce butterflies of giddy joy I did not laugh I did not cry I read the story of Vedas with a heavy heart I sympathized with Berun I rooted for Churli damn she is a badass And my mind wondered during scenes with Ebn Pol and Adrash Honestly those three POV’s didn’t hold my interest well at all I’d much rather be with Vedas Churli and BerunVedas was my favorite but Churli and Berun gave him a good run for his money I can’t really say why I liked Vedas except that I connected with his awkwardness in social situations It was endearing something I understood something—to a degree—I had in common with him Other than that I can’t say exactly why I found him so engaging I just didChurli was an incredible strong female I never felt her waver in her strength She is one of the wonderfully written heroines I’ve ever read Brilliant What we learned about her past was moving different and explained so much of who she was Plus did I mention she’s a badass?Berun was just damn interesting I was fascinated by him I tried to dissect his mind and understand him with little reward Honestly I still don’t understand him completely Maybe a re read later will help Perhaps my mind was too full confused and overwhelmedThis brings us to the point where I try to understand my confounded state It also sparks my cussing because I’m uite disappointed in myselfI admit I enjoy writing reviews because they help me figure out what the fuck I just read most of the time I don’t know the star rating until I’m done It helps me absorb everything solidifies my thoughts and feelings With this book well I just don’t know Even now I can’t get my mind wrapped around it Which brings me to the one statement that seems to fit how I feel This book was too smart for me I struggled to get my imagination to kick into gear Jernigan obviously does not have this problem and his explanations were detailed and wonderful Fucking shit was crazy I read stuff that my brain said Fuck that I’m not going to try to construct something for your little mind to visualize Deal with itSo I dealt with it I did feel a little cheated a tad inadeuate but mostly I felt and I hang my head in shame jealous I shy away from sci fi because I know I lack an imagination sometimes I’m a horribly visual person and my mind couldn’t deal with this book I couldn’t immerse myself in the world I think another reason for this is because of the lengthy recounts of history I always glaze over in those parts of books and this one was no different They were important written stunningly and much needed But for me it’s just a matter of personal tasteNow what I will say is that to my surprise my mind did pick up on the examination of the human condition This is what also made the book a heavy read But—and here’s the clincher—I FUCKING LOVED IT I loved that it made me think that I didn’t get spoon fed stuff that I had to force my brain to function I think sometimes books can be mind numbing; just a place to drift off to That’s not a bad thing at all I love those books But this was a dose of something differentI’ve read reviews about the sex and violence in this book so let me address it Yeah there was sex A lot of it Sex and religion were the at the forefront of this book If you can’t read a book with sex scenes I’d forgo No Return Some of it was done nicely some of it meh But I did not feel it was done as horribly as some others have mentioned
As for the violence Well sure there was violence I’d expect nothing less from a sci fi fantasy book I actually could’ve done with a bit I like violence in books It usually euates to action I like action It wasn’t overly gory which was a slight disappointment to me However I must warn that I like a good dose of gore so it might seem excessive to someThe last uarter of the book was fucking spectacular It moved uicker there was less history stuff and I grew fond of my favorite three characters The world is crazy detailed and complex with religious racial and political issues The writing itself was superbly brilliantThe reason this gets 4 instead of 5 stars is uite simple and boils down to 2 reasons both of which are personal taste 1 I never got a picture of this world solidified in my mind therefore I was not immersed in the story completely 2 I’m just not a fan of sections devoted to history I need actionSo that was a damn long review and I didn’t cuss nearly as much as I thought I would I’ll end my ramblings with this I will be buying the seuel when it comes out probably on the release day and I’ll continue to follow Jernigan cause he’s fucking funny and has a lot of good stuff to say


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    Oh yes this is one for the ages No Return is a dazzlingly original work of fiction a defier of genre and a story of deep relevance and emotionAs I could tell by the jacket blurb promising such things as outbound mages and a man made of metal spheres there is nothing like No Return The world of Jeroun abounds with before unseen innovation and spectacle all portrayed with vibrant imagery and language Mages craft spells from the ground up corpses of ancient aliens the god Adrash rearranges his giant metal spheres of the Needle by hand and the numerous distinct races and cultures each worship or villify Adrash in their own way It is in fact so original that when I read the jacket blurb I thought it was science fiction While reading it I thought it was fantasy and now that I have finished it I realize than ever that the two terms are meaningless and neither can encompass No ReturnThe book definitely isn't for everyone though It has some stern words for religious fanaticism which as an atheist I could not help but agree with A major theme is overcoming things that hold us back namely guilt authority religious indoctrination and of course God or Adrash one might sayNo Return is also overtly sexual There are some very graphic scenes of intercourse heterosexual and homosexual both masturbation a rape scene or two and several detailed descriptions of chiseled male anatomy There were times when even I was a bit put off and if you don't have the stomach for this sort of thing you had best steer clearAs for the writing itself the only flaw I could perceive was the occasional lull in pacing Particularly I found the scenes with the outbound mages interesting than those concerning Vedas Churls and Berun as the latter seem concerned for the first half at least with the trials of their journey to Danoor It seemed to me that it switched from the former to the latter at rather inopportune timesNevertheless No Return is easily the best book I've read this year and I'd be hard pressed to find another one uite as good I anticipate a return to this setting and I eagerly await it


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    I found this gem of a read at my local library and it looked like a great read I was not disappointed Zach weaved a sexually charged tale with violence and made you care and hate the characters I sympathized with the mechanical man berun who fought against himself and his dead father's programming There is also a conflict between an elder mage and the entity that wants to smite humanity on the alien planet It reminded me of Titan AE with a flair of children of dune in it I went la la la in my mind during the sex scenes but overall I enjoyed it A great debut from zach jernigan Be sure to check no return out if you like science fiction and fantasy novels I hope to read from him in the future


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    A beautifully written hot mess of madnessand I can't wait to finish itI was sitting with friends and talking about what books we were reading Might have had a few drinks too When I brought up NO RETURN that phrase popped out when challenged to explain what Zachary Jernigan's novel was all aboutTHE GOODMy favorite novels are written well and developed in such a way that I have no idea what's coming up next NO RETURN definitely fits that mold Jernigan brings in such brilliant creativity and a shattering of worldbuilding and moral norms Just let it flow and this book will take you places you've never been beforeTHE NOT AS GOODI felt that the character development and plotline took a backseat to Jernigan's creativity Neither were poorly done it's just that the exceptional world he built overshadowed both The main character is blackvery black skinned The protagonist on the cover was significantly lightened by the publisher Night Shade Books That bothered me a bitRECOMMENDATIONThis is a good one for those who like the unusual surprises and the unknown Not sure I'll pass this one along to mom due to the sexually explicit contentbut I wouldn't be surprised if she enjoyed it for how well NO RETURN was crafted


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    This is my review fresh off of finishing today A polished review will appear on SF Signal sometime in the futureZachary's book NO RETURN displays the kind of prose worldbuilding and depth of characterization that place him securely within the top tier of fantasy fiction The prose pulls you in like a piece of art forcing you to slow down and observe The worldbuilding makes you imagine maps bar room brawls over differences in customs shop keepers making lists of what supplies to buy from where kids praying to the god who lives on the moon women making sex spells warriors becoming one with their self controlled mutating body suits all in a way that separates the world in NO RETURN from generic fantasy this world is alive My favorite part is the characterization In boring books you don't care about the characters In mediocre books you care enough about the characters to hope they win In top tier books like NO RETURN you get to know the characters so well you might even know them deeply than you know yourself and then in return you know yourself even betterI am so impressed with Zachary for this book and to add on top that it is his debut I'm tempted to wrangle up other jealous newbie authors like myself and whip him with bars of soap while he's sleep I mean I'm very happy for his success The reason for my 4 star instead of 5 star considering my glowing praise above is mainly an issue of pacing and plot There were times than I'd like where three or pages would go by without me having any interest in what I was reading Sure the description was informed of intelligent worldbuilding but I uestion whether the story needed its inclusion It took me a while to realize that this was both a tendency and how to identify it but after I did around 23's mark I would go back after finishing a section I pick one or two pages or paragraphs in smaller sections that I felt weren't necessary It could be that my preferential style appreciates getting straight to the chase than observing the scenery but that's my experience It wasn't always worldbuilding description sometimes it was backstory or to a lesser degree introspection I say lesser degree because some of the introspection is where this book shines the brightestPossibly related to the above criticism is a disappointment in what plot elements could have taken place that didn't or were limited in exposure though I'd be the last to say this book was limited in exposure insert scene where woman spreads her legs to split her suit right where it counts Anyway back to the plot Wait back to the sex I'm being a little silly here but that's sort of what this reading experience felt like Aside from our monk hero Vedas everyone seemed mostly interested in sex and the narrator made sure we knew about it graphically Some of these sex scenes were crucial to the plot and acted as an extension of the character's desire and method of obtaining desires and in this I was impressed at the author's gift in craft But I think I read a few too many descriptions of cocks hardening and vaginas dripping Also was every sexually aggressive male also bisexual or homosexual? I'm sure I'm reading my own views into this but I felt the author's view on sexual euality and atheism may have been a little too strongly emphasized and defended Numerous characters grow through the act of rebelling against authority their father or their religion In fact this is part of the title and ending lesson In the epilogue we read experience had shown her that worship blinded men to the truth Adrash is no redeemer Adrash will destroy the world p279 The clear politicalreligious statement I read through this book is that religion is a noose tightened by power hungry tyrants to choke off people's liberties and if not removed both the noose and them from power the world will be destroyed However regardless of what I think about that statement the author is allowed to make that statement and doing so does not really affect my rating though a little balance might have helped it not feeling heavy handed On the flipside of that argument I give credit to the author for weaving such a consistent and powerful statement through the lives of intricately experienced charactersBack to the plot Warriors go on a trip to a gladiatorial battle where the winner will affect the balance of power between rival factions while a separate rivalry of magicians fight to destroy a god on the moon After all I read that last sentence feels like roughly one third of what this book was about I appreciate the way characterization makes up most of the other two thirds but I'm unsure if the plot was weakened in the balance Part of my disappointment in that is that the author is a tremendous action writer His description of pain and vocabulary to help you picture the fantastic is a real pleasure to read I wanted Here is an excellent example of narrative summary action“Men and women who had worn suits for decades traded punches powerful enough to crush elephant skulls dodged and deflected attacks too fast for the eye to follow and died suddenly often before the crowd registered the killing blowVictors and dead men were separated by a blink of the eye”The good news I hope is that the author has set himself up for battles in this universe explanation of the way the magic works where men can become gods and the boundaries and gifts within the realm of the dead But most importantly the characters that I have experienced must not die They have come to life with depth than I know most people and their journeys have only just begun Please write This story is only the beginning of what could be an epic classic


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    You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields reviews Night Shade Books’ latest debut title“An awesome mix of Marvel style space opera mixed in with lots of magic and a ton of action” The Founding FieldsWell here we are my first debut novel review for 2013 Last year is when I truly started reading debut authors and in that respect it was pretty much a damn good year With Zachary Jernigan’s upcoming novel 2013 has also started off great so since there are several upcoming debuts that I’m really excited about These include Brian McClellan’s Promise of Blood Christian Schoon’s Zenn Scarlett Evie Manieri’s Blood’s Pride and Francis Knight’s Fade To Black to name a fewI’ve often remarked before how Night Shade Books publishes stuff that often break genre conventions and breaks away from the traditional stuff Angry Robot and Solaris do this plenty as well apparent in their recent releases and upcoming stuff a small sampling of which I’ve read already and will be reading in the coming weeks This is one of the reasons why I usually love reading Night Shade books because they take me out of my comfort zones and get me to read books that I absolutely would not have read otherwise Zachary Jernigan’s No Return is one such exampleNo Return is a novel about identity religion and companionship With these three elements Zachary mixes in high doses of magic gods one on one combat and Marvel style gods I’ve been asked before why I use the phrase “Marvel style gods” when describing the book The reason for that is that both the prologue and the epilogue for the novel evoke that very style and atmosphere with the writing Both the prologue and the epilogue are for the most part told from the perspective of the world Jeroun’s sole god Adrash The way Zachary writes him and the situations he shows the god in I couldn’t help but be put in mind of Thor especially the Thor from Jason Aaron’s current run on Thor God of Thunder Since I’m really enjoying that series this was all great I was immediately hooked and I loved all the scenes in the book that involved Adrash Adrash is like this weird mix of Galactus and Thor in personality and that’s my highest compliment to those sections of the book since both these characters are my favourites in the Marvel universeThe meat of the book is told from a variety of mortal perspectives the Anadrashi warrior Vedas the mercenary Churls the android ish robot Berun and the two mages Pol and Ebn Each of these characters brings something very uniue to the narrativeVedas is a dedicated soldier for one of the Black Suit orders who consider the god Adrash to be their enemy Vedas’ scenes present the story of a man caught in between a rock and a hard place someone who has to fight against events to retain his personal freedom and become the man he wants to be rather than someone else calling the shots Churls as a possible romantic interest for Vedas is just as good Watching the two of them interact is like watching a Lois LaneSerena Kyle hybrid interacting with Silver Surfer a weird combination I know but the most apt that I can think of to be honest Both Churls and Vedas complement each other perfectly and the tensions between them are brought out really wellBerun is at best a conundrum Some of his early scenes including flashbacks of the man who created him are uite confusing and bear re reading but over the course of the narrative a lot of things become clear and Berun develops rather nicely He is a very uniue character both in his experiences and in his nature setting him apart from the other popular androids and robots in SFF I’d even hazard a guess that one android and his back story in particular have had uite an inspiration on Berun’s own character said android being Data from Star Trek At least that’s how it comes across as And it is in no way a bad thing Berun’s experiences and the decisions he makes give him a personality of his own so that he never comes across as a simple derivative of what has come before far from it


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No Return Jeroun #1

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Using Alchemical magic to achieve space flight have formed a plan to appease Adrash and bring peace to the planet But Ebn and Pol each have their own clandestine agendas which may call down the wrath of the very god they hope to wooWho may know the mind of God And who in their right mind would seek to defy him Gritty erotic and fast paced author Zachary Jernigan takes you on a sensuous ride through a world at the knife edge of salvation and destruction in one of the year’s most exciting fantasy epics A beautifully written hot mess of madnessand I can't wait to finish itI was sitting with friends and talking about what books we were reading Might have had a few drinks too When I brought up NO RETURN that phrase popped out when challenged to explain what Zachary Jernigan's novel was all aboutTHE GOODMy favorite novels are written well and developed in such a way that I have no idea what's coming up next NO RETURN definitely fits that mold Jernigan brings in such brilliant creativity and a shattering of worldbuilding and moral norms Just let it flow and this book will take you places you've never been beforeTHE NOT AS GOODI felt that the character development and plotline took a backseat to Jernigan's creativity Neither were poorly done it's just that the exceptional world he built overshadowed both The main character is blackvery black skinned The protagonist on the cover was significantly lightened by the publisher Night Shade Books That bothered me a bitRECOMMENDATIONThis is a good one for those who like the unusual surprises and the unknown Not sure I'll pass this one along to mom due to the sexually explicit contentbut I wouldn't be surprised if she enjoyed it for how well NO RETURN was crafted

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On Jeroun there is no uestion as to whether God exists only what his intentions areUnder the looming judgment of Adrash and his ultimate weapon a string of spinning spheres beside the moon known as The Needle warring factions of white and black suits prove their opposition to the orbiting god with the great fighting tournament of Danoor on the far side of Jeroun’s only inhabitable continentFrom the Thirteenth Order of Black Suits comes Vedas a young master of martial arts laden with guilt over the dea A tournament is announced and three warriors band together to journey to Danoor to take part Meanwhile two mages plot to travel to the outer atmosphere to confront the god AdrashOver the past few years I've made no secret of the fact that I'm partial to fantasy that dares to step outside the Tolkien via Dungeons and Dragons box No Return certainly fits the billNo Return is one of those books that I struggle to describe Cosmic fantasy akin to Michael Moorcock Roger Zelazny and Jack Kirby Partly but it's also a hero's journey at least to a pointVedas is the closest thing to a straight up hero in the book He wears a Blacksuit a garment made of the skin of one of the eldermen beings who predate humans Look I said this was a special book just follow me He's torn between his loyalty to the order and his feelings toward Churls Churls is a gambler drunk and uite a fighter struggling with her feelings toward Vedas and is haunted by the host of her dead daugher Berun the artifical man is conflicted between his loyaly toward his master and his feelings toward his new friends And that's just the warriors journeying to the tournamentWhile the tournament thread was my favorite part of the book the mages looking to supplant Adrash were a close second How can you not love mages flying to the moon to confront a god Ebn and Pol both proved to be well rounded characters Lots of twists in the mage thread Adrash reminded me of a combination of the Silver Surfer and one of Jack Kirby's later creations the New Gods He was unlike the usual petulant child or all knowing figure gods are normally portrayed as in fantasy Adrash is a force of nature you do not want to crossThe subject matter reminded me of Roger Zelazny Michael Moorcock Jack Vance and Philip Jose Farmer fantasy with shades of science fiction The worldbuilding was just the way I like it deep but not deep enough to drown in The writing was detailed without being overwritten again something I'm a big fan of For a fantasy book there's a fair amount of sex to go with the violenceI'm probably just being fickle by not slapping a five star rating on this It's the first book in a trilogy but feels fairly self contained I really don't have anything to complain about I enjoyed the shit out of this and look forward to whatever Zachary Jernigan serves up next 45 out of 5 stars

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Th of one of his students Traveling with him are Churls a warrior woman and mercenary haunted by the ghost of her daughter and Berun a constructed man made of modular spheres possessed by the foul spirit of his creator Together they must brave their own demons as well as thieves mages beasts dearth and hardship on the perilous road to Danoor and the bloody sectarian battle that is sure to followOn the other side of the world unbeknownst to the travelers Ebn and Pol of the Royal Outbound Mages astronauts I love this author His book was recommended to me by a friend of mine on Goodreads thanks Amber and I when I added it to my to read list Mr Jernigan added me as a friend It gave me a great chance to see him in action with his blog reviews and comments I must admit No Return wasn’t high on my list I tend to lean towards swordsorcerytraditional type fantasy books and this had a bit of sci fi mix which put it further down on my list However after following the author I catapulted it to the top He is so incredibly interesting and engaging that it rose my curiosity about his book Follow him and you’ll see what I meanSince I’ve followed Jernigan for a bit I know he enjoys swearing and actually encourages it You might not know it based on previous posts or my book but I cuss like a sailor My mother clutches her pearls around me all the time Therefore I’ll be free with my language out of respect for Jernigan If cursing bothers you I’d suggest you stop reading after this paragraph and I’d highly suggest steering clear of this book Me Well I find swearing keeps me honest I’m not so cautious of what I say and I tend to be a bad liar because of it I attribute this to my cussing I’m less guarded about my words therefore I speak what I honestly feel Granted working in a horribly stuffy corporate environment tamed me but now that I'm free of it I’m slowly finding my spiritSo now that we’ve said those things on to the reviewWow I walked away from this book feeling weighted It was a heavy read It was not light and airy It did not induce butterflies of giddy joy I did not laugh I did not cry I read the story of Vedas with a heavy heart I sympathized with Berun I rooted for Churli damn she is a badass And my mind wondered during scenes with Ebn Pol and Adrash Honestly those three POV’s didn’t hold my interest well at all I’d much rather be with Vedas Churli and BerunVedas was my favorite but Churli and Berun gave him a good run for his money I can’t really say why I liked Vedas except that I connected with his awkwardness in social situations It was endearing something I understood something—to a degree—I had in common with him Other than that I can’t say exactly why I found him so engaging I just didChurli was an incredible strong female I never felt her waver in her strength She is one of the wonderfully written heroines I’ve ever read Brilliant What we learned about her past was moving different and explained so much of who she was Plus did I mention she’s a badassBerun was just damn interesting I was fascinated by him I tried to dissect his mind and understand him with little reward Honestly I still don’t understand him completely Maybe a re read later will help Perhaps my mind was too full confused and overwhelmedThis brings us to the point where I try to understand my confounded state It also sparks my cussing because I’m uite disappointed in myselfI admit I enjoy writing reviews because they help me figure out what the fuck I just read most of the time I don’t know the star rating until I’m done It helps me absorb everything solidifies my thoughts and feelings With this book well I just don’t know Even now I can’t get my mind wrapped around it Which brings me to the one statement that seems to fit how I feel This book was too smart for me I struggled to get my imagination to kick into gear Jernigan obviously does not have this problem and his explanations were detailed and wonderful Fucking shit was crazy I read stuff that my brain said Fuck that I’m not going to try to construct something for your little mind to visualize Deal with itSo I dealt with it I did feel a little cheated a tad inadeuate but mostly I felt and I hang my head in shame jealous I shy away from sci fi because I know I lack an imagination sometimes I’m a horribly visual person and my mind couldn’t deal with this book I couldn’t immerse myself in the world I think another reason for this is because of the lengthy recounts of history I always glaze over in those parts of books and this one was no different They were important written stunningly and much needed But for me it’s just a matter of personal tasteNow what I will say is that to my surprise my mind did pick up on the examination of the human condition This is what also made the book a heavy read But—and here’s the clincher—I FUCKING LOVED IT I loved that it made me think that I didn’t get spoon fed stuff that I had to force my brain to function I think sometimes books can be mind numbing; just a place to drift off to That’s not a bad thing at all I love those books But this was a dose of something differentI’ve read reviews about the sex and violence in this book so let me address it Yeah there was sex A lot of it Sex and religion were the at the forefront of this book If you can’t read a book with sex scenes I’d forgo No Return Some of it was done nicely some of it meh But I did not feel it was done as horribly as some others have mentioned
As for the violence Well sure there was violence I’d expect nothing less from a sci fi fantasy book I actually could’ve done with a bit I like violence in books It usually euates to action I like action It wasn’t overly gory which was a slight disappointment to me However I must warn that I like a good dose of gore so it might seem excessive to someThe last uarter of the book was fucking spectacular It moved uicker there was less history stuff and I grew fond of my favorite three characters The world is crazy detailed and complex with religious racial and political issues The writing itself was superbly brilliantThe reason this gets 4 instead of 5 stars is uite simple and boils down to 2 reasons both of which are personal taste 1 I never got a picture of this world solidified in my mind therefore I was not immersed in the story completely 2 I’m just not a fan of sections devoted to history I need actionSo that was a damn long review and I didn’t cuss nearly as much as I thought I would I’ll end my ramblings with this I will be buying the seuel when it comes out probably on the release day and I’ll continue to follow Jernigan cause he’s fucking funny and has a lot of good stuff to say

  • Hardcover
  • 292
  • No Return Jeroun #1
  • Zachary Jernigan
  • English
  • 22 November 2019
  • 9781597804561

About the Author: Zachary Jernigan

​Zachary Jernigan's main literary preoccupations are superpowered men in skintight costumes sexuality family dynamics the wages of power and influence and dogsHis two critically acclaimed novels are compiled in Jeroun The Collected Omnibus Sometimes he works on new stories but mostly he listens to music and eats burritos