Decagon Takes You to a World You Would've Never Dreamed Of
Suspenseful. Action-Packed. Romantic. Sorrowful. Funny.
No, I am not talking about the first couple of episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. I’m talking about Decagon by Capes, the first book in her Decagon series.
This book was so good that I was ready to start reading Baphomet (Book Two) immediately after, but then remembered I have a plethora of other books to read and review first. I almost started crying realizing I now have to wait some time before I can read it. However, until then, let’s discuss this incredible first novel from indie author, Capes.
What is Decagon About?
Decagon is a fantasy novel told in past-tense, first-person perspective, which I love. It is told by Dalia, our main character and unforeseen heroine who has a troubled past and a troubled present. She is an immortal who is hundreds of years old, but you would never think it as she looks like she’s in her thirties – at least that’s how I pictured her. She’s a warrior, a teacher, but most importantly (and it’s something her group doesn’t even know about), she’s “the Angel of Death”.
Dalia is part of a larger group known as the Others and a smaller group known as Nonagon. The Others are a group of immortals who are nothing like the Aion. I guess you can say the Others are the “good guys” in this story while the Aion are the “bad guys”. You can look at it as vampires vs. werewolves. Or the Empire vs. the Rebellion. Or the Avengers vs. Thanos and his army. I think you get it.
Like I stated before, Dalia is also part of a smaller group known as Nonagon. It is a group of nine fellow immortals who have been together and growing for over two hundred years. As the story begins, Dalia and Marin (fellow immortal and member of Nonagon) are searching for another immortal in “The Dreaming”. You know how while you’re sleeping, you feel like you drift off into another world? That’s “The Dreaming”, but they’re able to find and communicate with others who are like them.
Titus, the person they’re searching for in “The Dreaming”, has been stuck there for six years but he doesn’t realize it. Dalia, Marin, and Emiel (another member of Nonagon) go to find him, bring him back to “The Waking” (the real world), and take him to their sanctuary to not only train him in “The Dreaming” realm, but prepare him for battle against the Aion. After some time, with the addition of Titus, the group becomes Decagon. (See what Capes did there!)
However, as Dalia, Marin, and Emiel are taking Titus back to their home in Louisiana, they’re attacked by Chasers (pretty much “hitmen” for the Aion). Dalia begins to wonder, though, were they after Titus or were they after her because – and here’s the kicker – Dalia was part of the Aion before joining the Others. I’m not going to give too much away as I want you to read and enjoy this book, but she was Rourke’s (the Aion’s leader) leading fighter and queen before she decided to leave and start her life anew.
Three Stories in One
As you read Decagon, you notice that there’s at least three stories in it. One is Dalia’s history, another is Nonagon (Decagon’s) history, and the other is “present day”. It does go back and forth frequently between the present and the past, but the way Capes structured the novel, you don’t get confused. This is mainly because she titles each chapter to let you know what year it’s taking place in and explains in the “Introduction”: “Decagon uses multiple timelines, one of which moves ‘backward.’ Be sure to check for the year at the start of every chapter. If there isn’t a year, then it follows the last chapter.”
I think that was extremely smart of her to do and I, personally, appreciated it!
New Cover! New Edition!
The other thing she did that I loved was before her book even starts, she placed an author note stating, “This version of Decagon is technically a second edition. From January to June of 2020, Decagon existed in one form. In July 2020, the book was reborn. Decagon got a new cover, an editorial facelift, and a sequel (Baphomet). Re-enjoy Dalia’s journey. Over-enjoy, even. Just don’t not enjoy.”
After reading that, I knew I was in for a ride!
Speaking of the new cover, I love it! I saw the cover for the “first edition” and it was nice, but this cover is just so well done. I love how you have Dalia’s back to you in the foreground and then in the background is Drakamea, the tree where she first met Titus in “The Dreaming”. I don’t know about you, but when I saw this cover, I wanted to start reading it immediately.
Capes Writing in Decagon
Capes’ writing is so beautiful and extremely descriptive. You don’t have to try and imagine much in this story because she spells it out for you. For example, her description of Titus really helps you envision him clearly. “I step in front of him and stare into his cerulean eyes. They’re fairer than his tawny skin, barely visible beneath his knit brow. His hair is a mess of brunette curls, now laden with debris from the ash tree.”
However, her fight scenes were as if you’re watching an action movie. You can see – and feel – each punch, each kick, and whatever pain they’re in. A great example of this is, “I reached for the hilt as I evaded the Chaser’s hands, desperate to relieve myself of it as it dug farther toward my lung. The muscles in my back seized as tendon and bone negotiated around the blade, and each breath was a searing reminder of its presence.”
Romance? I'm Sold!
I think my favorite part of this story, though, was the growing love and relationship between Titus and Dalia. By now you know that I’m a sucker for romance. I discussed that in several of my reviews, including Frostblood, Entwine, and my discussion of the original Godzilla movie. It’s kind of disheartening though because Dalia believes she shouldn’t find love or be happy. With her past, and her choice of lovers in the past, she just believes she should be alone. But it’s so cute when they do start dating. At one point, Capes wrote, “Then I go to Titus’s arms, and he folds them around me as though I were a fragile thing. I’m not, and still, he soothes me. It’s been seven months since we went to New Orleans at Lyvia and Didier’s behest. Only six since we became lovers. Sometimes, it seems like we’ve been together much longer, and other times his touch feels foreign against my skin, flushed with exciting novelty.”
I literally wrote in my notes, “Aw! Come on! I love this!”
There’s so much more I can say about this book, but I’ll stop here for now and let you read the book, so we can see what you think of it.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this book, especially for anybody who loves fantasy. The world that Capes built for this novel is amazing and fascinating. I also love the slow build to learning more of what this world is, who these people are, and the surprises thrown in. It makes you want to read more so you can learn more.
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The photos featured in this post are my photos. The first is my copy of Decagon by Capes. The second is my “signature photo”, me with my copy of this fantastical novel.