I normally do not post book reviews on my blog because I am usually too busy writing my own books to review the books of other writers, but I’ve decided to change that practice of mine and start reviewing books by some of my fellow writers. I don’t think this will become a regular feature of the blog, but maybe once a month I’ll post a book review of a book I recently read here on my blog, both as a way to help some of my fellow writers and to recommend some good books to my readers.
Just a quick note: I will ONLY review books I enjoy. I am not going to post reviews for books I hated or found boring or whatever. This is mostly because I don’t like spreading unnecessary negativity, but also because I don’t want to accidentally start pointless Internet drama or look like I’m just trying to knock on writers who are more successful than me. I will only review books that I like, although I might occasionally bring up minor complaints about a particular book even if I liked it overall.
Also, I will mostly do reviews of SFF books and books within SFF subgenres, although if I find a really good non-SFF book that I really love, I will consider reviewing it here.
So with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s start with my review of the indie superhero novel The Second Superhero, by Logan Rutherford:
The Second Superhero stars young Kane Andrews, a high schooler living on a farm in Indiana who lives in a world ravaged by the world’s first superhuman, Richter, who is also (unfortunately) the world’s first supervillain. Richter is so insanely powerful that not even the best militaries in the world can stop him until Kane suddenly gains powers of his own that allow him to go toe-to-toe with Richter, although he must first learn how to use his powers before he can truly defeat Richter and save the world.
The Second Superhero is a fast-paced, action-packed novel with an interesting and unique take on superheroes. One of the reasons I picked up this book was because I thought the concept of the world’s first superhuman being evil and the world’s second superhuman having to stop him was interesting and I must say that Rutherford did not disappoint in showing us the conflict between Kane and Richter.
Kane’s powers–such as flight and super strength–are not particularly original, but Rutherford uses them to write great fight scenes nonetheless. I did enjoy how Kane, despite being so powerful, was clearly not an invincible Gary Stu who never lost and many times I actually felt worried for Kane’s safety, particularly whenever he fought Richter.
About the only thing I felt could be better was Richter. While he was definitely a terrifying and powerful villain whose backstory does explain why he is the way he is, I felt that Richter could have been developed a bit more as a character. This is probably due to the fact that the book is in first-person and told mostly from the point of view of Kane, but even so, I felt Richter could have been better developed. Seeing as Rutherford is coming out with a novel title Richter (which you can see the cover for on his Facebook page here), perhaps my complaint will be answered after all.
Regardless, The Second Superhero is a good superhero novel that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys superhero fiction and I will probably pick up the sequel, The Siege of the Supers, later on. You can find it on Amazon here, where it is also available for free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
EDIT: On an unrelated note, I am running a Goodreads giveaway this week for my most recent novel, Gathering of the Chosen, which you can enter by going to the giveaway page here or clicking “Enter Giveaway” on the Goodreads giveaway widget on the right side of this page. Giveaway ends on February 14th, so if you want to win one of five free paperback copies of my book, you should hurry on and enter right away.