I quite like mimics… even though they tend to be maniacal evil monsters with insatiable appetites and no morals whatsoever beyond whatever they need to get their next feed. The mimic in this one is no different, and the premise had me hooked. A mimic that fuses itself with a dying human, like a parasite with a bottomless pit of a stomach.
Going into this, I thought the story was going to be more mimic-focused, though instead, it’s more like a side character to the main character, Damon. He’s a scout, put upon by “real” adventurers and always missing out on experience points.
He’s written like he thinks he’s a good person, but a lot of the time he comes across as a bit of an incel/creeper guy. Obsessed with the girl he meets at the beginning of the book, honestly, the whole way he talks and thinks about needing to save her from her fate is really cringe.
There are quite a few stat-dumps during the book, and I found myself skipping over those more often than not since, most of the time, the changes didn’t seem that big to warrant a full re-read.
The overall story itself is interesting, if a little slow for my liking. I do think I like the way it is building, so I’ll likely continue when the next one in the series drops, but I won’t be rushing out day one to drop a credit on it.
The cast narration by Soundbooth Theatre was, as usual, well performed and produced. The primary narration by Ryan H. Reid was decent. Not my favorite of the Soundbooth crew, but he did an alright job. Jeff Hays, who voices the mimic Boxxy T. Morningwood in the Everybody Loves Large Chests series, channelled his inner boxy, which was fun. The many voices of the mimic were a nice touch too.
So ultimately a reasonably good story. I could probably best describe the plot as meandering along with no super urgency. Pleasant, but maybe could be a little more exciting.