Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....
©2012 Brian D. Anderson (P)2013 Podium Publishing
I love this series. It's the story of a very young man who unwittingly becomes a hero and the story tells of his growth and of his heros journey. It's a story of sword and sorcery and love, and the love part is appropriate for all ages and not mushy, or over done. If you like sword and sorcery books with elves and monsters then this is a book you'll probably like as much as I do.
The story, the reader, the relationships
He does a fabulous job with the voices of the people.
Fantasy books or any book can have three basic strengths or weaknesses.
I'm sad to say this book fails on all three. That is not to say that this book is exceptionally bad, but as an avid reader of fantasy books I desire something more than merely adequate.
1) This really is the worse offence. The characters in this book really don't have much depth, they behave in predictable clearly made-up ways and they are pretty blant. The hero is a basic goody boy without any complex feelings or personality traits. His "teacher" is much the same.
2) World is really simple. Like many fantasy books the world shows none of the complex social and economical systems present in realistic and believable fantasy worlds. On top of that the author even does a poor job describing the world as-is in a rich and engaging way.
3) The story isn't to good either, unfortunately. It's a pretty basic good vs evil story. Little nuance is presented. Everything progresses in predictable ways.
Maybe it seems I am being overly harsh here, this books isn't really unique in it's flaws. In fact these are pretty common in fantasy books. Most of the time I don't review these disappointing books, but ever so often my disappointment builds up and gets released. I guess this book is the unfortunate recipient of it, not that it is undeserved.
In summary, listen to this if you don't have high standards, maybe it is enjoyable then, otherwise don't bother.
I read for fun, multiple genre's. I review from a normal person perspective, not a fancy critic analyzing every nuance and writing style.
Easy to get into, has a good pace to it. The characters become well developed and are interesting. I felt invested in their lives. Fun story.
The way the story is written it is a true epic
The uses of mythology and action together
When he joins with the elf
This is a good book
I liked the story, I love the way the characters felt like family to each other. I didn't like how undeveloped the story was. This is why I think it is Young Adult. Great story idea, but it could have been deeper.
Ya. Good over all story. Performance is ok. His different voices meld together tomuch.
Passable or ok at best.
Wow! Really lost of good action, characters, etc... Typically, I don't like stories with "gods"....
Other books of this "Epic Fantasy" genre I highly recommend are:
The Name of the Wind
Eye of the world
Game of Thrones
The Warded Man
The Way of Kings
This is like someone followed a how to book on writing a fantasy novel. Character does this, insert name here. Its consistent and reminds me of The Goblin Tower. Your hero is the hero for a reason, and he and his friends have suffered. We'll tell you about it ..but the world the book is in always works out and things never go wrong enough for there to be a problem.
I think the title of my review says it all. There tends to be a basic formula for fantasy novels and this one follows that formula to a T. Young unwitting hero who is untrained but nobel at heart, wise older man who takes the hero on a journey and instructs him in combat along the way, elves (there are alway elves), quest for a magic sword, you get the picture - no surprises here.
"a good start, i think this could be a long journey"
really strong start
this has the potential to grow into something very interesting. I Iike the way that even in the first book parts of the story elements twist together and hope to see it develop in interesting ways. This seeding of plots reminds of the early books in the songs of ice and fire series
I really like Derek Perkins performances, i think that he adds a real something to a story. His performance is great a usual.
Laugh or cry , not really but it did keep me engaged and i will continue with the rest
I probably wouldn't have finished this book if I was reading it myself. I found it very hard to care about the characters and the constant info dumps from characters narrating their own life events seemed dull. also the convenience of objects or characters turning up at the right time with no good reason just stank.... here have my hugely valuable magic sword. why? because you seem like a nice guy and it will be a plot point later in the story. oh come on!
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