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The Innkeeper's Son: The Harven Legacy Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 25 hours and 18 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Jeremy Brooks
  • Audible.com Release Date: December 19, 2013
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HJESU7A
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Edited Review: I've read the book again and considered my original response. Upon reflection, I believe my original review was overly critical of the overall work based on a few issues and did not reflect the overall excellence of the book. While I still believe a specific antagonist martial ability was elevated to near deity,somewhat heavy handed especially during the "cattle slaughter" and just didn't fit with the "cattle" previous deeds of lore (battles/mountans/ect..). That said, the shortcoming did not warrant a 3 rating of this fine work. As a result, I've modified my rating to 4, with the first 2/3 of the book being a 5 and the last 1/3 being a 2.

Where to start?

If I had written this review before the final 1/3 of the book it would have been a solid 4. As the book progressed into the final 1/3 I found myself assuming anyone coming in contact with a specific heart eating character was facing a demigod and going to die. The martial prowess of the character in question took all intrigue out of the battle scenes they became rather boring forgone conclusions. Recommendation: Next time a character faces his arch nemesis a supposed near equal in battle AND the legendary battle queen who's wars tore the world asunder, he might want to take a scratch or two. When facing a mythical almost epic race of power and history, you might not want to dispatch them like cattle, it's quite a let down from the build up of their prowess, it felt rushed and overdone, and nothing was gained in the graphic description of their post death evisceration. I realize the "epic" in this type of book comes from facing seemingly insurmountable odds but the prowess of the character in question honestly ruined the last 1/3 of the book. Every time he guessed, he guessed right, every time.
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I enjoyed this book. It was a good value - $3.99 for many pages of entertaining reading.

The worldbuilding was great I really have nothing bad to say about it. I got attached to the characters and there was definite tension throughout the book that kept me reading until the end. I felt like the main characters were pretty toast if things went wrong for them throughout the book. The love subplots were a little slow moving, but that's OK to me.

One criticism that I have of the book would be that I do feel like the main bad guys were mostly characterized by violence in general and therefore seemed somewhat wooden.

"Who are you?"
"A VILLAIN!"
"? Why are you a Villain?"
"Because I LIKE TO HURT PEOPLE"
"-_-"

Same goes with the main bad guy. Why is he a jerk? Just is.

Another criticism that I have of this book is that it uses sexual violence against women as a characterization device. Both in order to define characters as villains and to provide a transition for a character between dirty and accepted. This crutch is common in fantasy literature but I still don't like it. There's a character in the book that has been repeatedly subjected to sexual violence consistently for a long period of time. The character bounces back and moves on unrealistically fast. Sexual violence is a serious thing, and not to be used as part of a redemption story arc. Honestly, if you're going to write about this subject matter.. You'd better be a really good writer and willing to make the characters go through multiple scenes of dialog and emotions. There are other problematic things about his use of this device, but they'd involve talking about specific points in the plot. Bottom line, I don't feel that it was necessary.

Again, this book was interesting to me and I liked it - despite my rather voluminous explanation of the parts that I did not like.
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The book had great potential, a great story, great characters, great overall idea, but it lacked the writing to truly make it wonderful.

There was little to no believable character development throughout the entire book. If a character faced a challenge it was quickly overcome and the character reached an epiphany instantly, no huge questions just "BAM! I understand everything!"

The characters put their hands in a bag of bad cliches and just grabbed one to use. Almost all things said throughout the book were predictable. No real intriguing conversations happened.

The conversations in general were usually bland and left me thinking the characters were childish and did not understand anything of their world.

Often times the author tends to be long winded with his descriptions, where a simple description would do to explain a situation he would use two maybe three times what he would require.

But not all was bad. The story and idea behind the story was a wonderful. Although it felt like the theme was stolen from a handful of other popular stories. A kingdom at peace was overthrown by an evil that ruled the world for a thousand years. One man/boy must save the world with the help of his companions.

In general that is a plot most other stories use, but the world development was, in my opinion, quite well done. I don't want to spoil anything so it is hard to describe this part, but I found that the world was quite intriguing, even if the characters weren't.

The magic system of the book is also something I enjoyed, you never knew what someone could do, not did you know one's limits. Although in the same way that it was good it was also bad, it seems like because anything is possible for the main character, he is nearly invincible.
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