I will freely admit I did not love the beginning of this book. I kept thinking the author seemed like an amateur. I tired quickly of the seemingly cop..Show More »ied and pasted over-long and unnecessary descriptions of food ("rich creamy butter" anyone?). But as the book went on it got a little bit better...enough to make me listen to book 2, and not just because of the abrupt anti-climactic ending that leaves you thinking where the heck is the rest of the story. Now that I have completed book 7 and can look back on the entire series, I'm very glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed the ride.There are many twists and turns and unexpected surprises along the way. There is a lot more to this story than you would expect after finishing this first book. It was nice to see the author's writing skill grow with the story, each book better than the one before it.
Hi there All, I am listening and enjoying this book so much I keep putting off doing things, so I can listen to more, although the Author is ju..Show More »st a bit repetitive, it is still interesting enough to keep listening. I have just used another credit to buy the next in line, so you can see that I mean what I say. This is a great series, and I shall be sorry to get to the end, I have not looked to see just how many books there are in it, but then I shall see if this Author has written anything more, because he keeps the story interesting enough to see what happens next. The Narrator has also made me want to go on listening, he seems to have grasped the story and he does not try to make up a voice for everyone in it, just the few key people who are most important to make the story great to hear. I personally cannot wait to find out what happens next.
Fabulous narration by Derek Perkins. MINDBENDER is a fantasy novel with pervasive romantic elements. PG-13: no explicit sex, no cussing, but numerous ..Show More »bloody battles and some necromancy. I'd almost go 3 stars for this somewhat engrossing story but the writing style is quite lame: unsophisticated, repetitive, and pedantic (completely lacking in nuance and subtlety).
Told in 3rd person, the tone of these books felt strange to me: a disconcerting mix of intensely grim and excessively joyful. In the midst of seriously creepy danger, a character suddenly feels "pure joy" and "mischief" — these emotions felt forced and jarring, because they didn't fit into the dark scene.
The villain Prince Phane Reishi is flat, boring, and mostly off stage, but I am interested in the evil King Zhul. He's got a credible backstory and seems authentic.
This book, like the first two, is carried along by its pace. Rarely a dull moment. Scary monsters, those vampire-like revenants. However, the overall plot felt weaker in this book than it did in the first two books, mainly because it felt exactly the same. In book one, Alexander had to find a magical artifact called Thinblade. In book 2, he had to obtain the powerful sovereign stone. In this book 3, he had to find Mindbender. In all three books, he had to gain access to an ancient magical stronghold. In each book, Alexander and his friends are constantly attacked, always managing to escape death by a hair, their grievous wounds healed with a tablespoon of tonic.
Positives: Fast pace, likable characters, vivid monsters, some good battle strategies.
Negatives: The author's writing style requires improvement in my view: 1) THE TONE felt slightly preachy. Examples: The hero repeatedly dwells on how it's wrong to kill and then he justifies his kills via the Old Law. This felt like the author was trying to teach me a moral about righteous murder. In addition, the text includes several simplistic proverbs about life (teachings Alexander learned from his "dad" in childhood). Another area that felt sermonizing: the hero's frequent internal rants against government officials, all those corrupt "petty nobles" — I got a strong libertarian vibe from this author.
2) SUBTLETY: Wells leaves nothing to interpretation — he spells out each new step in the plot and is careful to highlight the good nature of each protagonist (because we couldn't figure that out by what they did?). The author reveals far too many of the hero's thoughts and feelings, REPEATED numerous times. The hero is far too good, and we are constantly told that he is "worthy" — in not so many words.
3) DIALOGUE: The dialogue is not clever or witty or wise. It is rather vapid and quite REPETITIVE. For example, Chloe always calls Alex "My Love" and he always calls her "Little One" (ad nauseum!). The body gestures are also vapid and repetitive: "he looked him in the eye" and "he saluted fist to heart" (once we hear how they salute, we don't need to be told each time. It felt like Wells repeatedly used that type of salute to emphasis that these are "good" people. Silly. Anyone can salute "fist to heart" (and still be deceitful). Jattan always stands at attention with his hands clasped behind his back. Why do we need to be told this repeatedly? I get the picture.
4) VOCAB: Alexander referred to his parents as "mom and dad" which pulled me straight into the 20th century, as did modern slang phrases like "man up" and "you guys" and "cocky grin". Scientific terms like "gravity" and "adrenaline" wouldn't have existed in a world without Isaac Newton or modern biochemistry. In this fantastical setting, it would make more sense to call gravity "the downward force" and to call adrenaline "terror-driven energy" or something similar.
I like the vivid descriptions, but they do go on too long.
Still, despite all these quibbles, I felt oddly compelled to read several books in the series, skipping some of them to get to the last book, and see how the series concludes. In the end, I feel these books were somewhat exhausting (so much death, so many demonic monsters) and not really worth my time. I doubt I'll read more books by this author, unless he improves his craft.
However, readers who enjoy this type of thing might truly love this series, especially if they don't pay much attention to writing style. I can understand all the positive ratings, in that perspective.
I wouldn't say the time was well spent on this series. It could have been a great series but...there were too many "she wiped away a tear". Tears fill..Show More »ed her eyes", she fought back tears". Tears tears tears! Do men really think women are bursting into tears all of the time? Other than this, there is an awful lot of repetition, sometimes a section is repeated almost word for word. Was the author not paying attention or did no one proof read the manuscript. The characters were likeable enough. The author spends time developing a character and then moves on to the next one. Characters from earlier in the series undergo no more growth or development they become caricatures of themselves, one dimensional and boring. The battle scenes are interchangeable. It's just your stock battle scene insert here, here, and here. The main character seemed D likeable at first, but by book six, even he has lost his personality. He makes stupid decisions to prolong the story when he could have ended the book much earlier. I have read up to and including book six and I will finish book seven just to see how the author ends the tale. That is if the characters all don't get bored and leave in search of a better tale to become involved in. I sure hope it has a good ending because it's been a long sloug.
I’ve been meaning to write a review of each of the book in the Seven Isles series, but just haven’t seemed to get around to it. Now that I completed i..Show More »t, I have decided to write a review of the entire series instead. I guess as a whole I would best describe The Seven Isles as The Wheel Of Time Lite. With much of the same concepts, evil returns to the world, as a young hero and his friends take up the unwanted duties to save mankind, the Seven Isles doesn’t have quite the depth of Robert Jordan’s novels.
Books one and two are much the same, and center around the young hero Alexander. After his brother is murdered, he returns home to find that an evil Arch Mage has arisen from the dead, and Alexander is the long lost ancestor of an ancient king, the only person who can defeat the mage. Predictably, our young hero wants nothing to do with saving the world, but the Arch Mageforces his hand by sending evil forces to kill him. The story stays exclusively with Alexander’s character in the first two books as he and his friends run for their lives. The story almost becomes comical as they are repeatedly attacked by both men and creatures. It seems that our band of heroes can only walk mere steps before another attack comes from soldiers, wizards, demons, dragons, and wild animals. At one point they are attacked by a swarming hive of bees. Each time they barely survive and must heal themselves with magic or potions. It really became a bit ridiculous the amount of times characters should have died only to healed just in time. Despite these things, for some reason I still found myself enjoying the books enough to continue.
Books three and four of the series mark a vast improvement. After two books of following only Alexander, the book suddenly opens up to include the view points of other characters. The best of these are Alexander’s new wife Isabel, and his sister Abigail. The story improves greatly from this point as plots begin to take form, and the group does less running and hiding. Alexander begins to strengthen his magic, and his friends find they have some powers as well.
Books five and six form a bit of a lull in the series as Alexander is either injured or in the custody of one enemy or another for much of the two books. He learns to project his image to anywhere in the world, and spends much of these two books helping the others from afar. The other character blossom more in this book, which was a good thing, but waiting for Alexander to return to the action got a little old. Secondary plots are given more time as Alexander is away.
The seventh and final book is by far the best of the series as our heroes prepare for and execute the final battle with evil. The final battle is drawn out nicely, and most plots are put to rest nicely so the the world may live happily ever after.
Overall, despite this story not being the most complex or original, it redeemed itself with likable characters and an overall enjoyable feel to it. Yes the good characters were good beyond the point of saints, and the evil were predictably wicked, but I found myself enjoying the series more and more as I went along. I almost gave up on this series after book two, but for some reason I found myself wanting to continue on. By the end I found the Seven Isles to be very rewarding listen.
Fun and Unique World of ...Difficult Love Story...
This review is more about the entire Sovereign of The Seven Isles series and not just Linkershim. ***Statements Which Could Be Construed As Spoilers*..Show More »**
Overall I really have enjoyed this series by David A. Wells. The story has a great cast as well as an intriguing system of magic that is as varied and unique as the personalities of each character.
The storyline has been fun and enjoyable to read with only a few kinks. Alexander is a great leading character who grows in his charge and complexity with each novel. You can see that his growth as a character is allowing him to become the powerful and cunning hero that the uber sensational villain requires of him. But this growth is spread out and well timed. The challenges he faces drag at times and in only a couple of instances end too abruptly. But all things considered this has been a great read thus far.
However, I am a bit of a romantic and this author really knows how to layer on the heartbreaking relationship trials. I had to take an intermission between books because I did not like the direction the love story was headed in. It was a sappy and endearing relationship where it was obvious they were completely devoted to each other. It reminded me a lot of those high school couples that are always hanging on and around each other because they refuse to miss a minute of life without the other. A little annoying to friends and others but it is truly a fun and exciting fantasy world to be a part of. How could you break that up!!!
After getting over it and pressing on I have to admit that Wells did not slaughter the beauty of the initial love story as I thought he was going to. I still do not care for the exact turn of events in this part of the story, but it is bearable and I must admit that it granted more depth to my animosity for Prince Phane and brought on an attentive anxiety to move through the story to arrive at the resolution. But alas, hang in there chaps because it is going to be a long ride toward this resolution as this conflict will endure through the final addition to this story in Reishi Adept which is set to come out on Audible January 9, 2015.
Loads of sidetracking in this series and too little focus on the main plotline for quite a few books. This story ends here though, and thank you for f..Show More »inally getting there Mr. Wells.
Could have been so much more done with the power of the main character. He seems to make the strangest mistakes at times, and always ends up having to go though a few more chapters before getting back on track.
As the numbers of books increase, so does the number og characters to follow, most of them turning 2 dimentional after a few chapters. There are really only three deep characters in this story, and it could have been finished within a trilogy.
Read in between the releases of better series, or better yet... don't waste a credit better spent elsewhere.
Runs fine at 1.5x speed on my Samsung S5 without distortion.
I would not have purchased this without the 3 book bundle, but I'm glad I did in most ways. It is a good series, but having read the Sword of Truth s..Show More »eries the similarities are unavoidable. SoT is much better to me because it provoked more thought and held my attention and was usually pleasantly surprised by the conclusions (except for the last book Confessor. Don't get me started on that....) but this series never gripped me in the same way and was going through the motions instead of keeping me interested.