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I was hooked from page one. This is such an unusual story but makes you feel part of it and everything that is happening is very believable. Loved this book and have purchased the following four - cant wait to get into them.
This is the start of a series of books in which "darkness" is trying to take over the world and is being held back by a staunch army of defenders. Villians abound and evil spreads its wings as "nature" attempts to resist. This book is for mature readers who like magic and graphic battles scenes. I really enjoyed this book and found that it was hard to put it down at times. As I have read all the books of this series to date, I can thoroughly recommend this book and all those following.
I have read the first three books. In each one the author portrays all the females as smarter than the males. Stronger than the males and can twist men around their fingers any time they wish. This includes Kings, fathers, husbands and any other male. All the females use underhanded methods to manipulate all the males. Equality of the genders is a fine idea but the author has created a world where only females ever have the correct view of things. It is main theme in all three books. It gets very tiresome. The main character finds he has a type of nature magic however in 7 years of having this power barely learns anything about it. In the story his grandparents are supposedly teaching him about this power/magic. Even though the author claims the main character is so gifted in the power he is one in ten million the main character barely scratches the surface in 7 years. The story drags and drags. I finally gave up and will not be buying anything from this author again.
The story is something of a standard sword and sorcery coming of age book, but is very well written and edited. My concern is less about the content and more about how the books are released. Book 1 - 300+ pages $0.99 Book 2 - 148 pages $3.99 Book 3 - 200 pages $3.99
Books 2 and 3 could have been combined and as the series is slated to be a 9 book series it will be an expensive read for limited substance
The story is filled with standard fantasy tropes, and is a rip off from Robert Jordan, including the wolves, fear hounds/dark hounds, ogren/trollocs, shadow lord/dark one, male female dynamics etc. only, for all the faults, RJ’s prose and narration are far superior.
Could have been a better book if it had been judiciously fleshed out better. Also, the author appears to have written the chapters and changes in the POV while trying to imagine it as scenes in a TV show. That felt sacrilegious to read in a book.
Hope he doesn’t write the next book while imagining it to be a tv show!
Just finished reading the first book in the series and this book was great. This has a great premise and a good place with plenty of action. I loved how there is a mix of magic, mystical creatures and sword play. Looking forward in reading the next book in the series.
I enjoyed the characters and the history of of the world introduced in this book and I think it should be an enjoyable series. This book felt like it ended a bit abruptly, but I will continue on to the 2nd in the series and see if that happens again. A very likeable main character. It should be interesting to see how he continues to develop.