- Book Title: Escape
- Series: Trasmundo: Book One
- Author: Varian Krylov
- Publisher: SelfPub (August 6, 2015)
- Book Length: 236 pages
- Genre: Contemporary, War
- Reviewed by: Vicki
- Posting Date: August 13, 2015
Another bright jewel written by Varian Krylov. Her ability to come up with a complex plot, yet hook you quickly is astounding. The secret that Luka carried about being gay and cruelty of being thrown out of his family at 13, then having to go through the horrors of war alone and very young, brought stabbing pains to my chest and tears to my eyes.
It is obvious Ms. Krylov spent a lot of time and thought on the setting because even with the daily fear Luka suffered, he was injured and captured by Tarik then forced to march through rugged terrain and weather with little food and dodging soldiers from both sides. The hardships were overwhelming. It wasn’t just a world building. I believe it was an intentional build so the readers can feel the hopelessness that Luka was feeling.
The love and respect that emerges builds slowly. Luka is afraid to let his captor, Tarik, know that he is gay and attracted to him. The terror of being caught with an arousal and the shame he felt for being gay is heartbreaking. The feeling of hopelessness and fear that Luka dealt with daily was past being depressing, it was heart wrenching.
Varian Krylov is always an automatic buy for me. Her gift of having the ability to put you into a story quickly and feel both sides of the characters’ emotions shows her enormous talent.. I highly recommend this book. I can’t wait for part Two.
Strange, quiet Luka doesn’t live in this world; long ago he took refuge in his art, escaping into surreal mindscapes inspired by his favorite painters. In the beautifully monstrous realms of his imagination, he is safe from the pain of his losses: his family, his friends, his hope.
Until war breaks out, and he is forced to flee the only home he’s known since he was thirteen.
Captured by an enemy soldier, young Luka is marched across brutal terrain, toward a fate known only by the bearded menace holding him prisoner. Quick with a knife, tireless and strong, Tarik guards the purpose of his mission as he takes Luka deeper and deeper into enemy territory.
When the soldier discovers the painful secret he has been hiding since childhood, Luka fears he is about to endure a new kind of cruelty, worse than being abandoned, ostracized or beaten. Or is it possible the soldier holding Luka prisoner is the one person who isn’t afraid of the truth behind Luka’s silence and lies?
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