174 of 194 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2013
Homonyms. Sounds the same, means entirely different things. Hole, Whole are not the same thing. Sight, Site, Cite are all very different things. Role, Roll totally different. When relying on spell check, or even grammer check, will not catch these errors. That is one of the primary reasons to have an editor. No computer program in exsistence can replace an editor who is able to find these errors and correct them. The other use for an editor is of course to help keep the plot lines and time lines flowing correctly. Case in point; when Thor leaves for his Hundred Days it takes 2 days to reach the port from which the the ship departs, when he returns the sea is visible from the castle, and it takes less than a full day to reach the castle. These things really can affect (not effect) the readers enjoyment of the novel, and may in fact make them less likely to continue to read the series.
51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
More laughable than enjoyable, and it's a shame because the story held promise in books one and two. Fantasy is fiction but it should still follow certain logic. Rice takes everything to such extreme that it just becomes ridiculous. Kids thrown in a red ocean to become monster fodder, (to teach them a lesson) having to win 100 tournaments to be able to wed a slave, (that he had already purchased) please it's all so absurd. SAVE YOUR MONEY!
80 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2013
Honestly Mr. RICE should be ashamed of himself for the 2nd &3rd book here. He is milking this for every penny he can get. These books are pathetically short and even what story is here lacks depth and substance. Entire events are skipped just to move time fwd and impossible situations are created to create drama. The main characters do stupid things that make NO SENSE given their personality, background and supposed intelligence. Example w spoiler: The usurper brother who conspires for the thrown, kills the king and then tries to eliminate his rival siblings attempts stupid attacks, in public and when the attempts fail the siblings do NOTHING with the information. No reporting it even though there is an obvious judicial system and those council members despise the usurper and could have him deposed with evidence. The guards, army and castle staff all hate the murdering king and would act against their orders with the evidence but the siblings simply refuse to protect themselves against future attempts to kill them off, don't get protection for their key witness against Gareth (the murdering usurper) and still don't even get a statement from the witness.... it's like they just think "I know our brother is evil and devious and has tried to kill us off and certainly will again if he knows we're ON to his murder but everyone just go home and let's meet up later to expose him and have him arrested".
The MAIN character, Thor, is in the army training but their "training for Knighthood" consists of actually throwing them is a heavily deadly monster infested ocean and by luck IF they survive this they can start their training where even more deadly beasts and warrior will attempt to kill these untrained kids and again, IF THEY HAPPEN TO SURVIVE, they can continue training. The final testing is was so out of character and so thoughtless and stupid I started wondering if a 3rd grader was ghost writing this.... spoiler example: these Knights in training have a code it's better to die with honour than to sink to the enemy level and live. Yet their final test was to STEAL a shelter from a Dragon whose FOOTPRINT is several hundred feet deep... whose teeth are the size of a house! So these KIDS are to STEAL something that doesn't belong to them for no reason given (this shelter is symbolic only, it's not to save a princess or other honorable thing) from a Dragon so big and deadly that no army has or could kill these last several thousand years this TESTING has been going on. You only make it into the Legion and pass the testing if u are, yet again, lucky enough to survive AND STEAL this shelter which has obviously never been taken before but miraculously KIDS pass the test every year and the Legion is centuries old. wow I say...gizmo jumps the shark on a skateboard in this book.
Lastly the other main character, the druid magician Argon, who is centuries old and both lives near the castle AND is an advisor to the well loved and honorable previous king as well as one of his trusted 12 council members does NOTHING AND SAYS NOTHING to anyone even though he knew the kings son was going to going to kill his father to take the thrown..... and he still does NOTHING after the king is murdered and the usurper is on the thrown.... but the author offers no reason for the glaring plot holes.
I am a voracious reader. I'm not hard to please and read 2 or 3 books a week, especially when they are this short, but this is the most amateurish writing I've seen since I was in 2nd grade. I'm embarrassed I actually paid for this book but I'm more embarrassed for this author that he has no problem being so lazy in his writing and offering his fans so little for their hard earned money.
42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
The first two books were pretty good, decent plot but a few too many miracles occuring to save the day. All the characters are archetypes, a Sir Galahad type, an evil mother type, a gay devious conniving prince, the beautiful princess that falls for the commoner at a glance, etc etc. But still pretty good for a coming of age story.
The Feast for Dragons is incredible.. that is it is not credible to the reader. A dragon that is so big it's footprint leaves a pit the size of football field, teeth the size of houses, one could go on and on about all the ridiculous actions and descriptions of that test. the author describes a land where one can walk to the boundary in one day yet another kingdom within the land has been ravaging the countryside for three months without anyone reporting it. the land must stretch out in that direction but still.... three months of pillaging and no one bothered to report in? the Macgil kingdom has a brotherhood of elite warriors who are eternally on guard but no one has noticed three months of pillaging. All the enemy leaders are bestial savage stereotypes that the reader is left wondering how they every rose to leadership. I hope Morgan does a complete rewrite of this book. It would take that to allow the series to continue. She certainly has the skill and wordsmithing ability.
I would recommend not wasting the money on this one.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
I found the inconsistencies in this book completely distract me from the story and having any enjoyment. They have a rule that you have to be married by 25, yet went a woman agrees to marry a character still has to compete in a tournament to win her hand. Then a few chapters later a character wins a 100 day tournament. How did a tournament to win one woman's hand take 100 days? This doesn't make sense with the laws of the land in the book. How does a dragon leave giant canyon like footprint and a group of boys inside said canyon dodge the dragon? Wouldn't the dragon just step into its own footprint again and squish everyone into goo?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2013
Ive read hundreds of books this year and when i first started the series i was thinking hey ill give it a chance new author maybe she/he isn't super experienced but after 3 books i still feel like she/he is doing a horrible job writing these books grammar is none existent, and it was as if the spelling was done by a 6 year old! All the reviews that state it is the book of the century are complete MALARKEY!!! The reviews are either fake or the people reading these books have never read real literature before. Another thing how they become knights is so outlandish they have to survive an ocean infested with sea monsters, fight a tribe and gain their respect, train for 100 days, and then take down a dragon whose footprint left a crater acres wide and has teeth that are the size of a house which doesnt even make sense how can they evade something big enough step down and crush several houses at once, and thor Morgan couldnt think of a better name really?? Has powers that are on and off and he never seems to have the same power more that once,are so overpowered he can stop a blade in mid-air tame a dragon the size of a city and he also seems to have the best luck i mean really gets super powers, a snow leopard that follows him everywhere, not to mention the princess is in love with him. I realize that many epic fantasies have the same format but the way this one was written was so simplicit i cant continue to read it. The author didnt even try and because of that im not gonna finish this book series. DONT BUY!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2013
I buy these books because my son (now nine) liked them. I read them so he and I can talk about them. He is an avid reader and these were among his first bigger kid books. He has, as more books come out (Rice churns out a book every two months), begun to pick out glaring inconsistencies in the books and make fun of the one-dimensional characters. He is now reading books with more complex character development, and at nine, he sees the difference between this category of books and the Sorcerer's Ring books, and if you read these books, you will pick up on it much sooner than a nine year old boy. If my son continues reading these books, I will continue buying them and skimming over them, but I in no way enjoy the simplistic writing and silly story.
They are a step above the Magic Treehouse books (although I enjoyed the Magic Treehouse books more) but it is a tiny step and I am glad my son is beginning to move away from these simplistic books. Read them like they were written, quickly and without much thought, and they aren't so bad. Better yet, read them when you are eight and you will enjoy them.
BTW If someone in the Ring invented a gorget, he'd win a Nobel Peace Prize. Ninety-five percent of the people killed in these books are stabbed in the throat (like I said, unimaginative) and with a gorget, noone would die, and everyone could just get along!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2013
What an idiot I was for buying all 4 at the same time. I have never read anything so childishly written, with such trite phrases and all 4 books were the same. Each book was really just like an extended chapter of the previous book. Why am I even wasting my time reviewing this - just rubbish.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
Though many of the problems in the first book could be overlooked because it had a promising setting and storyline, each addition to the series seems to be progressively worse. Between the incredible number of spelling and grammar typos, the overly simplistic writing style, the shallowness of the characters emotional reactions (especially with regard to romance!), and increasingly implausible monsters (dragons that leave footprints the size of canyons which must be defeated by trainees before they are allowed to continue their training to become warriors?...) I am frankly stunned to hear that ANYONE would compare it to "the best of J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Rick Riordan, Christopher Paolini and J.R.R. Tolkien"! I suppose if the book was given away for free as a pre-release rough draft to get feedback from readers on how to improve it I wouldn't be so offended, but at an average of $3.00 per ridiculously short and completely unedited volume I strongly recommend people to avoid it at present.... That said, it is a story that shows potential and I think that if the author would go back and work with a good editor to address some of the character/plot development (and spelling/grammar) issues, it could easily become a top-tier fantasy novel....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2013
Having read all 6 books available in this series (largely because I abhor not finishing a book once I start and realistically these should be a single book) I can honestly day that the author should stick to writing books for young adults. The plot was inconsistent, juvenile and repetitive with most sections or chapters beginning with a character having a dream which 'felt so real' and predicted the plot for the remainder of the chapter. Further to this there were numerous quality issues with typos and on a couple of occasions the wrong character name was used (this got much worse in the 6th book almost as though the author was rushing to get it finished).
As I have said, the books really should have been combined into 1 or, at worst, into a maximum of 3 and a much more dynamic and enticing plot is needed to capture and keep any adult audience. Any comparison to George R.R. Martin is utterly and completely misplaced.
Morgan: if you are reading this then the phrase is 'couldn't care less' and not 'could care less'.