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4.0 out of 5 starsAnother great book in the series.
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2018
Risiran is chased, trapped, tortured. and constantly on his guard. The only way to find answers is to make himself more dangerous than those that chase him. He needs to find answers. He needs to find where they taken his sister. Even though she has never been there for him he can't turn his back on her. That is one of the things that makes Risiran such a powerful character. His depth of caring and his strength of character. I love the way his character has evolved throughout the series and can't wait to start the next book.
4.0 out of 5 starsA little slower than the first three volumes
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2018
But good regardless. It took up until 70% in this one to get somewhere interesting with all of the usual suspects, but it finally got quite good. Just felt a bit rushed for everything that happened. Also, slightly meh toward the end when we learn more about our hero, from people would could have clearly said more way before this volume. I understand the secrecy and all that, but there should be a limit with using it after every "arc" resolution...
Rsiran is no longer sure which group is coming after him and if can trust anyone in any of them. his sister has been taken and he is sure that this is something to do with Vaness. or the Forgotten. or both. but he must be stronger than he is now or risk all his friends. the knowledge he has must be protected
I am enjoying the story so far but I have to admit the constant obsession and worry over this dark taint seems a little over done. Also I am constantly frustrated with how the author seems to start a thought or possible plot point without ever finishing it.
Such as when Rsiran forges the strange half sphere under the direction of the lorcith and feels the call to forge the other half. Yet he up to the point I've read never does. Not to mention that Hearn seems to know what is so significant about the lorcith/heartstone alloy sword but he never says and no one ever asks.
It's a level of density in the characters that makes me feel like I'm reading about a group of idiots. I am still not finished this book and I will probably press on but I'm approaching the point of feeling like its not worth purchasing the next book. I don't give this criticism with any malicious intent as I really do enjoy the story and the ideas. I simply feel that it could use the attention of a decent editor and a bit of rewriting.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2018
Blood of the Watched 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Great reading I recommend these books for young teens and adults alike! D.K.Bloomberg has a number of books in this world that he has created and you will find crossovers of characters from other books.
1.0 out of 5 starsAuthor ran out of ideas and tried to stretch one into a book
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2017
The ideas in the first book were interesting enough to look past the grammar and editing errors but now in book 4 the repetitive internal dialogue and redundant story makes it nearly impossible to dredge through. There are more books in this series but finding out where the story is going is not worth having to read such poor writing.
5.0 out of 5 starsBlood of the Watcher (The Dark Ability Book 4) Review
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2016
Once again D. K. Holmberg has hit a home run with this book. The continuing saga of the series is full of excitement, adventure, thrills and surprises. If you like excellent stories and books that are hard to put down, you'll love this series. I highly recommend reading this book and series.
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2016
I like this series of books. The pace is good with out being over detailed. The character development and storyline are progressing at a nice rate. There are suggestions of violence, but nothing graphic or over descriptive. I would recommend these for any but the youngest of readers.
4.0 out of 5 starsFantastic story with interesting elements of "abilities" and different factions ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 17, 2017
Fourth book in and now officially hooked on this series to the point where I can't put the book down. Fantastic story with interesting elements of "abilities" and different factions coming out with more force/prescence as the series progresses. Easy pace and enough action / plot twists to keep me reading.
Again (and this feels like I am now doing something I have criticised the author for, as this is my fourth review in the series) too much repetition of information the reader already knows, eg. the main character's experiences up until now, how he was treated by his family, how abilities work, repetition of things the characters have learned in previous books. I think its fine to sum things up as a refresher at the start of the next book but at this level its too much and not necessary to the telling of the story.
5.0 out of 5 starsA nice addittion to a cracking set of sagas
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 10, 2019
I stumbled across this writer whilst in hospital and this is a very good saga myths and magic is the background yet it tells the tale from a fresh angle and I enjoyed it I think its 7 in this part of the sagas. and this one seems to be the basis for a whole world which branches out both in developing characters and their history and in time as the story's progress forward. I found it to be a nice twist on the story of " Talents". I get mine on the tablet so ideal for boring hospital stays