22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2009
I came across this book purely by accident, yet I found myself intrigued by the samples posted on the author's myspace page. I may have purchased it as an impulse buy, but when I finished, my only regret was that book 2 was not yet available.
Guyton is an excellent writer whose style walks the fine line where elegance meets readability perfectly. His protagonists are complex and worth caring about, and I always appreciate a story in which the antagonists are given the opportunity to present their case for moral superiority, no matter how flawed, rather than simply being "the bad guys." And while the story is meant to present a philosophical argument, the author avoids Ayn Rand Syndrome, smoothly integrating his points into conversations that feel perfectly natural. Even readers that disagree fundamentally with the author should appreciate his well-presented case; if only the talking heads on tv could argue with the same finesse and cordiality.
The book is more sword than scorcery, with its focus on character building rather than world building. It is a must-have for fans of low-magic fantasy (such as Goodkind), but I would recommend it to anyone who simply wants to read a great novel. Even though my preferred Terry is Pratchett, I consider Mighty Hammer Down to be among my favorite novels and eagerly await the sequel.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2012
Anyone who spends this much time and pours this much effort into writing is surely determined. Kudos for that. The world and mechanism used to propel this story forward was solid; however, the character dialogue was not. The preaching and sermonizing was nearly intolerable and detracted from what otherwise might have been a decent novel. Beef up dialogue, cut down on the sermons and with a little work this can be an excellent novel. Get a good editor and listen to the advice given here !
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2009
"Mighty Hammer Down" is a work like few others. It is a story about the struggles of one man in a world that mirrors ours in its social settings. The characters are developed nicely giving you a real sense for what drives them, and the imagery portrayed is fleshed out well without being overly done.
"Mighty Hammer Down" thrusts you into the story from the first page, and keeps you entrenched into its setting. Along the way you learn about some basic physics, capitalism, democracy, communism, and religious extremism. All of the afore mentioned subjects are handled in a very enjoyable way. Even if social discussion isn't your cup of tea, this novel is a very good read in it's own rights.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2012
Mighty Hammer down is a terrific book that follows war, philosophy, love and Mythology. I found this book very interesting and fun to read as the story line and plot was truly amazing. What I found most fascinating with this book was the ideas that the writer brought to the table. He would include a character talking about anything from the trials and challenges of war, as well as have the most interesting conversation about the Gods we call myths' as well as the world around us.
My favourite point was of how the moon stays in the sky because it is falling. Although that idea may not have been completely original, the way that the writer made the characters discuss and debate about it made it feel as though Mr. Guyton had had the discussion himself. What I also found most intriguing about the book and its story is how he had shaped his own Gods and religious views. The lore and information that was included with the Gods, as well as their creation and how they are sustained is truly amazing and it is quite possibly the most attention grabbing and detailed part of this book.
Of all the truly amazing characters presented in this book, I am forced to choose Rommus to be my favourite. His character is a truly amazing, intelligent person. Rommus is the main reason for the philosophy aspect of this book as it is his character that presents these well thought ideas. I also feel that I come to choose him as a favourite character because I became attached to his character through the compassion and care he shows to those who respect him, and also because of the truly horrific circumstances that we come to endure with him.
However a [small] downside was that there were some spelling errors, which could confuse the reader at times, and some of the dialogue would easily lose the reader as you would forget who was talking or you wouldn't know at all. But apart from those small errors, there is nothing else at all that is wrong with this book.
This book is a truly amazing read to quite literally anyone and everyone. However anyone that holds an interest in war, Mythology or even just likes to have their knowledge tested will enjoy this book so much more as it covers all of those things. I highly suggest for anyone and EVERYONE to get this book. It's inspiring, different, interesting and fun to read, and it will definitely keep you begging for more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2012
I found this book browsing the Kindle store, looking for free books for a new series after finishing the Sword of Truth. I did not have high hopes for the next series, but I wanted to at least be entertained. The idea of a man becoming a god intrigued me so I downloaded it. After finishing this book, I was pleasantly amazed. It's got a good story, good implementation of philosophy, and had me turning pages left and right. I love the fact that the characters actually think they way real people do, and not the way some of the childish, prude characters do in other books. From what I'm told, the author plans to at least have 5-7 books with no limit on how many exactly he plans to make. I can't wait for the next book when I finish one and I foresee great things to come. I know I will come to grow attached to Rommus and Alana the same way I am with Richard and Kahlan, and I know that the Legend of Reason will become just as amazing as the Sword of Truth as the books go on and events become more chaotic. It is definitely a must-read for any fantasy enthusiast, especially those that love Terry Goodkind's saga.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
So I am having a hard time deciding what I think about this book. On the one hand it wasn't bad writing. The story was fine and I probably will read the next in the series. I bought it on Kindle for a dollar and it was well worth that. But I also was somewhat irritated with the overt preaching that was a part of the book. It felt like Dostoyevsky, where there was a story and then all the sudden someone in the book started preaching. The preaching in this book was a libertarian variety. Now I am not opposed to libertarians. In fact, I have a lot of leanings to libertarians but this was just over the top preaching. So those parts I was just irritated about.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
The Good: Guyton does a pretty good job of creating the world and letting you know exactly how it is set up. There are three main countries and each is very distinct and believable. His writing is relatively smooth and easy to digest when he is not tackling dialogue. His fight scenes are brisk but adequate and the story over all as a pretty good pace and feel.
The Bad: Alana. The main female character for the book was a severe let down. She starts out as an assassin, brains, beauty - the whole bit, but is quickly reduced as a yes-woman and main squeeze for Rommus. I'm not sure why Guyton needed to reduce her role so quickly or dramatically, but he did and it was a big disappointment.
The Ugly: Dialogue! Ugh! As good as Guyton is at descriptive writing, he is equally as bad at dialogue. It was so poorly written in this book over and over again that it made my head hurt. The dialogue is so general, lacking personality and obvioulsy choreographed to push the story along that it borders on ridiculous. Even Alana, who made an appearance in "the Bad," giggles about with pointless "jokes" and other nonsense that is more of a distraction than not. The bottom of the barrel was Inshae...God of whatever. He makes a few appearances and his dialogue was mor pathetic than Mariah Carey's acting career. Guyton really needs to sit back and evaluate who these characters are and how they interact with one another. If he can nail that part down, he could have a pretty solid book.
The Verdict: This book is ok, but just that. It's a mix of solid writing and very poor dialogue. I am not sure if those 5 star raters are related to him or if they just need to get out more, but this surely isn't a 5 star read. It is worth the time to check out though, just be prepared for some moderate frustration when reading the dialogue.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2009
Fantasy readers everywhere should rejoice. Author David J. Guyton has written a powerhouse of a book in Mighty Hammer Down. Here is a fantasy book that is as impressively original as it is a literary tour de force.
I am an avid fan of fantasy fiction and have read my share of fantasy epics. However, rarely does a fantasy book surpass the trappings of the genre and approach the realm of literature. Mighty Hammer Down is a masterfully told story that resonates with its reader long after the final page has been turned.
Although boasting breathtaking battles, sweeping drama, light romance, and glorious prose, the strength of Mighty Hammer Down lies in its honest exploration of one man's soul as he copes with the truth of his existence in the midst of a world caught up in the frenzy of war and constant political upheaval.
Rommus Tirinius has spent the past several years of his life in stark contemplation of the meaninglessness of his existence. Everyone shuns him, forcing him to live the life of a recluse. But unknown to Rommus, he has become the target of a clandestine sect of evil mages who have uncovered the secret of his bloodline and plan to use him as the central tool in their plot to usurp control of the Medoran Empire. This seemingly innocuous event explodes into a major conflict pitting many opposing nations against each other with Rommus trapped in the middle of it all. Things only get more intense when the true nature of Rommus puts him at odds with the all-powerful gods.
I won't give away what happens in the story. But I encourage all fantasy fans to grab themselves a copy of Mighty Hammer Down and prepare to be swept up into a climactic tale featuring spellbinding magic, swashbuckling heroes, warring gods, feuding armies, ancient horrors, and a dose of political intrigue thrown in for good measure. Mighty Hammer Down is a roaring success. Bring on the sequel!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2011
First I have to say this book is closer to 4 1/2 stars than 4 stars. Lets start with a few typos that were found and for some reason I kept seeing (3/4) on quite a few of the pages. Next the character development for Rommus, Alana, and Tannis is still on going. Rommus starts off with being former soldier that is adrift in his world. He spend a lot of time alone and thinks that the world no longer cares for him. He is a thinker and solitary man who has picked up the skills of being a weapons smith. Alana is a misinformed vengeful wanna be assassin with her own agenda. She has not really considered the world around her and what all wonders that it has. She is swift at thinking on her feet and develops feelings for Rommus very quickly. Its almost like love at first sight for her. Tannis is the surprise. He is like most other Generals that are described in sic-fi books except he accepts that he knows that battles are fluid and ever changing. This separates him as a character from most other books immediately. Overall these characters are still in the process of developing into who they are to become over a series of books by the end of this one. The protagonists seem to follow the lines of most books in this genre. The think that they know what the best was to rule and they will do any thing to ensure that they are in charge.
Over all Mighty Hammer Down looks to be very comparable to Terry Goodkind's sword of truth series, but with the use of logic and reason to view the world as a whole. This book encourages readers to look at the world around them and try to figure out how things work, encourages thinking, and development of ideas. This is a really good read and I will be recommending it to all of the people that I know that read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2011
A solid four for David Guyten's "Mighty Hammer Down". It took me a while to get through Guyten's book, but this had more to do with the length (almost 400 pages) than the story. In fact, I went through it at a sturdy clip, so to speak.
But let's get started. Even though I have some criticism, as you'll undoubtedly discover below, on the overall I truly enjoyed reading Mighty Hammer Down.
First of all, the first chapter is an attention grabber. Well-described action that would look well in a movie, I think. Though there is a slight lapse after that, my curiosity stuck with me to the end of his tale. A definite plus for any book.
There were a few minor hiccups during my multiple reading sessions into Guyten's full-length novel, but on the overall his prose was steady, solid and consistent. Some typos, as is inevitable, but nothing disastrous.
Personally I would have liked the author to take some risks in his narrative, change the pacing a little every now and then just to keep me on my toes but he stuck to consistency instead.
In any case, whatever can be said of his style, Guyten has enthusiasm and a bright passion for his content and that came across on every page.
The setting of Guyten's world was a bit reminiscent of a childhood favorite called "The Trigan Empire" in regards to the Romanesque influences that definitely shined through. Architecture, clothes and appearances...the fact that this registered means that Guyten manages to portray the world he created, so a reader "gets it". I do admit that the content of his...well, I suppose one would call it "his characters' philosophy" outran his settings by far, making them secondary, and perhaps not even that.
Personally, I found the views of his characters, and the way he described them, fascinating. Very politically oriented, and let's face it, politics never fail to interest or capture. Though there were times when the author appeared to become a little preachy, as in observations his hero made, it was not so that it annoyed. In fact, it actually managed to fully entertain me. It will however cause a love or hate response to readers, I'm thinking. Since I'm on the side of the first, I don't consider the tendency to be much of a problem.
Guyten's plot is complex and you will be smart to keep track of it. Several evil parties eager to "rule the world" so to speak, and a handful of heroes trying desperately to stop them, while they're trying to deal with careless Gods, vicious politics, sneaky assassins and evil men in general.
Rommus: Guyten's clear-cut hero appears to be a somewhat over-sensitive fellow at first. He is adrift in a world he doesn't understand, and doesn't understand him back. He's gentle, intelligent, and big of heart and body, and yet still took a while to grow on me. In fact, I had a serious liking for his father from the very start. In the end Rommus lived up to his potential however, and managed to have me root for him.
Alana: She appears to be a little less clear-cut, and to my regret she was a bit two-dimensional because it was never really explained what her motivations were as she started out as foe and then ended up as friend. I would have liked to see more of what drove her, and how that affected her relationships towards the other characters. The thing that was clear throughout the book was that she became a close friend to Rommus and is destined to be more in the future of this series...at least, I sure hope so.
Tannis: Rommus' father and a warrior of old. Set in his ways, loyal to the bone and...well, the way he viewed life fascinated me every time. I found myself looking forward to his dialogues, if only to see what he would say next.
There were several in fact. The evil emperor's son who strove to destroy his father's hard work. The sneaky "king" of the enemy seeking to destroy the land of our heroes with whatever means available. And a God wanting to rule all on his own. They were properly evil, they were appropriately present and well described, and vocal about their wants. There will be no doubt about any of their intentions.
Guyten's violence was graphic and yet so to the point that it left little impact on me. The brutality of certain actions were added in almost negligent manner that almost made me miss them altogether, and unlike the many fine scenes within this tale, they failed to impress me with vivid imagery. Which is a pity, but not a disaster since not everyone likes violence in the first place.
Mighty Hammer Down is an interesting glimpse into David Guyten's world, which is part one of the Legend of Reason series. It is not for everyone. If you're not inclined to read long narratives about his heroes' views towards life, religion, politics and more politics, this is not the book for you. If you want to get into heated discussions with your book club, family, or whatever, you shouldn't miss this one. It is bound to set tongues wagging.
I, for one, am looking forward to the sequel.