REVIEW: NO MORE HEROES

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NO MORE HEROES
MICHELLE KAN
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: SUPERHEROES, URBAN FANTASY, GENDERFLUID MC, SOUTHEAST ASIAN MC, EAST ASIAN MC
★★★★

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The peaceful nights are kept under the clandestine and watchful eye of young, gifted vigilantes the world over. But a sudden rash of vigilante deaths heralds the arrival of a new and unfamiliar enemy – one whose motive is as unclear as their identity. Someone or something seems determined to disturb the peace, and they’re going straight for the watchmen to do it. In a city where those who are gifted make up their own rules, who will step forward when the threat of a swift end is real and there stands so little to gain?

No More Heroes is an urban fantasy action/adventure novel about young, would-be heroes who get more than they bargained for when they delve deeper into a world they never knew they were a part of. Featuring a diverse cast of players, discord, a mystery to be solved, plenty of literary action and high-stakes battles, No More Heroes is a story about self-belief and camaraderie, persistence in the face of trials, and what it means to be the best version of yourself.

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Superheroes! Or more accurately morally-grey Vigilantes, but still. It’s superheroes along the lines of the tv adaption of Daredevil, or possibly the Watchmen movie than the brighter, cheesy sort of hero.

This is such a fast-paced, action-packed story.  I was really impressed when I found out this was a debut novel. Kan manages to create seven distinct ‘heroes’ each with their own very distinct personalities, and four impressive (if a tad less developed) villains for them to butt heads with. As I said, this book is full of action scenes, and I was just as impressed by the author’s ability to keep track of limbs and weapons, as personalities. The fight scenes are brilliantly choreographed, and I was never in any doubt as to who was where or doing what.

I liked the way that each character had their own motivations for taking part, and in ways that made sense for their personality. I also thought it was a clever, and unusual, angle to have the three kids who were just starting out, Clare, Linus and Mallory, work alongside a more experienced trio, and comparing the dynamics between the two teams. Personally, my favourite characters were Mallory and Rehua, but there are so many, and so varied, characters, I’m sure everyone will find a favourite of their own.

The only thing I would have liked to see more of would have been the characters lives, if that makes sense? We got a good view of their personalities but I still felt like I didn’t know much about them. Do they go to school? Do they have a day job they love? What about their families? The lack of information is obviously intentional for the mysterious and high-ranking vigilante, Fisticuffs, but I felt that for ‘our’ three newbie heroes, I’d have liked to know more. Luckily, the ending hints at the possibility of a sequel, and I definitely think that this story had series potential.

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