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Gregory D. Prosch
2.0 out of 5 starsA shining example of the downside of self pulbication
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2016
I don't like to write a bad review of someone's hard work but I felt mislead by the 4 star rating of 1200+ reviewers and wanted to give a fair warning to other prospective readers. I felt that this book was a waste of my time. The story was good but the writing was undisciplined and lacked depth. An editor would have helped as would some more training in how to tell a story. From the volume of books that the author has written, perhaps part of the problem is just not taking the time to craft a quality story for the readers.
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2015
This book was recommended to me because I am such a huge fan of the Inheritance series from Christopher Paolini. First off, misleading name since there is only one dragon, seen only twice. Other than that dragons/dragon lore is only mentioned a handful of times. This story was more about Kyra becoming a woman than dragons. Good idea, poor execution. Many grammatical errors. Poor sentence structures throughout entire story. Too many repetitions of statements and explanations. Really glad I got this book for free. I give the author credit for trying to create this story, but he should have really had a professional editor help him. Some vocabulary does not match the time period and detracts from the story line. I wish the characters were more developed and actually involved in each others plot. I'm sure they will come together in his later books, but I will not be reading them any time soon.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2015
I tried, I really tried to make it through this book, and got about halfway through, but... GAH! One of the main protagonists is Kyra, a 15 year old girl with a destiny of some sort (couldn't force myself to go on and find out what it is, don't care). Apparently 15 years is the age of majority in her land, but she's so shallow and childish. One minute she regards her father with utmost love, respect and admiration, then he tells her something she doesn't like and she hates him. At one point she finds out that he hasn't told her little known secret and it 'hurt her more than a million knives.' She runs off into a dark and snowy night, wanders for a couple chapters, takes and action that jeopardizes her whole nation, then is rescued and taken back where she came from. HORRIBLE! The book often feels like a story being told by an adolescent due to the over-the-top nature of some characters and their childlike reactions to a number of situations. For instance, one character (don't really know if he's a protagonist or not, just a recurring character) bears the mark of a mercenary (which tags him a 'King's man' for some reason?) that he had to kill (assassinate) 1000 people to get. Not a dozen, 50 or 100 - a full thousand... The idea that someone could do that may not exceed the realm of possibilities, but the mark is well-known enough that bandits in an outlying forest recognize it... that has to indicate that it's not a unique, maybe not even rare mark. Bodies must be piled high in that kingdom, and the king must be one serious monster to need that many people dead... Oh, and that same character promised himself he'd never kill again, soul-sick of the violence, but jumped into the bandits with glee - not reluctantly, but with a cruel smile. 'Remove from device' time. Mom always said 'If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all', but if you waste a dozen hours on a bad book, don't you have a moral obligation to warn people? I think you do.
1.0 out of 5 starsVery Innovative but marred by typos and storyboard inconsistencies
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2019
I'm writing about the entire Kings and Sorcerers Series. The story is innovative and there is some excellent writing. I particularly liked the character named Motley. However, I give the series only one star for the simple reason that the author has been lazy about proofreading and storyboarding. Even worse, she has read criticisms from readers for three years and still not bothered to clean it up and reissue.
Many of her sentences contain grammatical errors and misspellings.
Ms. Rice refers to a character she named Durge as Thebus on multiple occasions (Book 3).
She describes a conflict where a character named Vesuvius was apparently killed by Vidar (after earlier being apparently killed by the giant), only to resurface just fine later.
In Book 4, she describes how a character named Kyle was captured by Vesuvius using a magic net, only to write about the same battle in Book 5, where she allows him to escape by hiding under the many bodies around him.
She describes the City of Ur as a place with canals, a beach and a harbor, but later says a massive wall keeps the water out. How can canals connecting to the ocean be below sea level?
On multiple occasions, she refers to the Sea on the East as the Sea of Sorrow instead of the Sea of Tears.
In Book 6 Magon, the Troll kingdom's "prized sorcerer" was helping Vesuvius in his battle. At the same time, Rice made Magon into the Pandesian's sorcerer, helping Ra against Kyra. Which is it? Is Magon with the trolls or Pandesians?
Being self-published is no reason not to take the time to make sure things are done correctly. Just pay for someone to edit the series? Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy. She's clearly making money from her writing (as she should). Invest it to improve the product.
Incidentally, I read the entire 17 books of the Sorcerer's Ring and am partly into the Oliver Blue series, so I'm a fan. However this series has significantly more avoidable errors than those other two.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2016
The story is intriguing enough for me to want to finish the book, but the writing is really not great and as much as I would love to know what happens to the characters, and the dragon, I'm not sure I want to slog through any more of it enough to find out.
What a dreadful, dreadful disappointment. And all the more baffling to see so many 5 star reviews - astroturfing, much?
Despite the novel being called 'Rise of the Dragons' - now, call me a fool, but one might expect to see a few dragons pop up here and then - we don't even meet (or have any mention of!!) dragons until 46% through the book, for a brief cameo before disappearing again. I don't know if it ever came back because I never finished the book, but I battled up to 75% of the way through, and have decided the novel should be renamed 'Rise of the Robotic Yet Ridiculously and Inexplicably Talented Teenager With a Side Helping of Other POVs Who, Frankly, Nobody Cares About Because They Get So Little Exposure and Are Also Pointless and Boring'. Not quite so catchy, but I feel it would lessen the blow of disappointment after purchase. (At £0.00 it's still bad value for money - was this even proof read?)
What exactly were my criticisms, you ask? Well, buckle up...
The characters are cardboard cutouts and it's hard to sympathise with any of them at all. The abilities of Kyra are frankly ridiculous and the question 'who is she' is asked ad nauseum until I started to wonder who, indeed, I was after putting up with this much drivel. The only other named female character we meet is named Lyra (really??). The other POV characters seem added in as an afterthought and don't advance the plot in any way, and I actually forgot who they were, the gaps between segments is so large. In fact, one of their segments begins with several pages of plain infodump, where our valiant mercenary (I forget the name) reflects on his life while rambling in the woods (double really??) The world building is cliched, tropey, lazy...I could go on.
But instead I will settle for this: save yourself a few hours of your life and don't read this damn book. We deserve better than this, people. What a flaming disappointment.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2016
I’ll never again read a book by this author. I read the first in this series and what it lacked in intelligence and consistency it made up for in entertainment. It kept me turning pages and by the end I wanted to be entertained by the next in the series. I bought the next 2 without thinking. My mistake!
Book 2 was just not of the same calibre. The story became less and less believable and more repetitious. The good guys would find themselves outnumbered by at least 10 to 1 and resign themselves to an honourable death, just at the end of the chapter. Then a few chapters later we return to find that they miraculously defeat all their enemies. Then it would happen all over again with the next set of enemies; always on the point of defeat at the end of a chapter yet always victorious in a later chapter. The heroine’s fabulous weapon would be irretrievably lost and then in the next battle she would have it to hand, with no explanation. The book became boring and I started skimming to find out where the story was leading. I have to admit that the basic storyline is good enough to make a decent book but the execution is deplorable.
Having already purchased the third book I started skimming that too and it didn’t get any better. I no longer care what happens next!
2.0 out of 5 starsDoesn't live up to the hype, but some people might still like.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2017
I really hate to say bad things about book because somewhere out there a real person will be absorbing the slights, however this book really doesn't live up to the marketing of number one best seller. There is definitely a good story in there and some nice ideas, even some well written passages, but overall it appears as though this is not the final draft.
If you: Get annoyed by spelling/grammar mistakes in books. Want the book to be able to stand alone: with a final conclusion. Prefer the method of showing rather than telling.
- Then this is not a book for you.
If you: Enjoyed the writing style of 50 shades (without the porn) Want to read a series - this is the first of six books Want an easy read in simple language.
- Then maybe give this book a try if it's in the sale.
I don't want to say it's a bad book but I will say that it, wasn't for me, I feel like I'd want to go through and edit some more, crossing out at least 80% of the word 'suddenly'. I was a little annoyed after getting most of the way through, then realising that it clearly wasn't going to finish: it really is set out as a first instalment rather than a complete story. It seems a shame, as this book has some nice touches in the writing but they don't carry all the way through: it was almost like there were two authors, or that there were filler parts of the story, that were rushed and repetitive. For me personally, I had to push through this book and even though I'm curious to see if the characters ever do cross paths, I really don't think I'd get through the books as this one was a struggle.
4.0 out of 5 starsAdventure, intrigue and good characters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 16, 2020
This story primarily follows a fifteen year old girl, Kyra, who is the daughter of a commander of a fort in an occupied land. The fort and it’s men are allowed to exist purely because they are the guardians of “The Flames”, a mystical barrier that keeps the Trolls from invading the lands of men, however, an occasional troll will make it through and thus the guardians patrol for these trolls and kill them. Kyra has trained with her fathers men, and by herself, for many years and is thus skilled and experienced in fighting, though lacking the strength of the men she relies on speed and agility when fighting, which she does using a bow and a quarterstaff. After fleeing from the fort following an argument with her father, Kyra stumbles on a injured Dragon, which she saves from being killed by the Lords men, who are the occupying force of her country. All the men are killed except a squire who escapes to inform the lords governor of what has happened. Killing the lords men is against the law and retribution comes in the form of the lords governor coming to the fort with a small army to take Kyra and any unwed girls over fifteen away with them. Kyras’ father refuses and a bloody battle ensues where most of the governors army is killed. Kyra’s father knows a larger force will come and wipe them out so he tells Kyra to leave and go to her uncle who will train her and reveal a secret about her mother. Kyra, however, is tricked and betrayed by one of her fathers men and is lead into the hands of the governor. Kyra manages to escape by using her fighting skills, skills as a girl she was not expected to have. Fleeing the governor, who is casing her with his army, Kyra runs into her father and his men, who have come to attempt to rescue her, having discovered the traitor. Expecting to be wiped out, Kyra, her father and his men are saved when the Dragon Kyra rescued appears and destroys the governor and his army. There are other characters who are introduced, but they and their story line are only developed enough to make you intrigued about how they will fit into the overarching tale. These characters include the troll king, Vesuvius, who is determined to get past “The Flames” and enslave the humans, and no one and nothing is going to stop him. Merck, who is a former assassin/ mercenary who has become tired of that life and is trying to change, but circumstances keep drawing him back. Alec, a farm boy who takes his lame brothers place in the draft for recruits to help as guards at “The Flames”. The occupying force do the drafting of recruits and it turns out they do not care what happens to them, leaving the recruits to fight the trolls who get through “The Flames” but do not provide any weapons. This, along with the fact criminals are drafted as well, leads to the recruits fighting amongst each other for any weapons available. It is during one such fight a troll makes it through “The Flames”, causing enough confusion to allow Alec and his friend Marco to escape. Theos, the Dragon Kyra rescued and who she seems to have some mysterious connection to her. The story moves along at a nice pace giving you information about past events and characters backgrounds that give events that happen, except perhaps for the trolls handling of the giant, a natural and believable feel. The action scenes are well written without being overly descriptive or lengthy, which sums up the whole book in effect. The author gives you enough information to visualise the action and events unfolding but allows you to use your imagination to add in the finer details, if you so wish. All in all a very enjoyable and engaging read leaving me looking forward to the next book and the further development of the secondary characters, I hope.
Rise of the Dragons is the first in the Kings and Sorcerers series.
It primarily follows Kyra, a 15 year old girl, daughter of a famed warrior, who wishes to become a warrior herself. She trains alone, perfecting her skills with a bow and a staff, with occasional help from some of her father's friends who encourage her to reach her goals, despite the fact that women are not to fight. Her adventure begins when the local evil lord wants to make her his wife, and her father's alternative (to marry a local boy first) is not what she wants either, so she runs away with her wolf Leo by her side.
I enjoyed this book. Though I haven't yet bought the rest of the series (I really am trying to finish my challenge of reading the alphabet - this being my R book) I have added it to my wishlist, as I would like to know how it progresses and finishes.
This book is a book about girl power and the fact that women, even in a fantasy world, don't have to be restrained to living a life that society considers feminine, but are able to forge their own pathways through the world for life. Added to that, there are the usual fantasy staples that we love - battles, dragons, trolls, magic, loyalty and treachery.
The blurb says it will appeal to all ages and genders, I would say this really is aimed at teens and young adults, as it is probably too simplistic and easy for more mature fans of this genre of literature.