I am currently in the middle of an international move, so this post has been pre-scheduled.
Mercurial Shifts, by Elena Alexandrescu
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: December 23, 2015
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Kazimir is used to getting his way and has the resources to ensure it. Even getting cleared of arson and murder charges is just another day at the office for a man who has always lived at the top of organized crime. Until he’s betrayed by one of the few he counted a friend, and handed over to a supplier gang out for revenge.
But he also wakes up to his old tattoo artist, a man he hasn’t seen in eighteen years but who hasn’t aged a day… a man Kazimir is starting to fear doesn’t actually exist…
What is real and what is not? What is insanity, and what is magic? Mercurial Shifts is a short novel that follows Kazimir, a crime lord who finds himself questioning his sanity and everything he knows to be true. Mythology mixes with crime drama and mystery to make an intriguing tale.
There were a few times when I found myself confused about what was going on. Scenes would jump suddenly, and I’d have to pause and backtrack, or wait a few paragraphs for an explanation. It was a bit jolting, but the overall story was still interesting.
I do struggle with novellas, though, and I think this one failed to convey a lot of information and characterization that I really wanted to see more of. While the plot was a fascinating one, there just wasn’t enough depth for me, and the relationship between Kazimir and Hades would have been fantastic with more shown.
An interesting read, for sure!