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The Twisted World Verse One: The Dusk Harbinger Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1033 KB
  • Print Length: 518 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Danika D. Potts; 1st edition (August 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELOJ81I
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Oliver Campbell (1981- ) is a native of Iowa. He has worked in video games for 3 years, including work as a game journalist, reviewer, and editorialist for sites such as Hard4Games.com and EOGamer.com. His work has been featured on both The Escapist as well as Kotaku.

When not working on fiction, Oliver enjoys video gaming as his primary hobby, notably those with deep and rich story content.

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This is an interesting read, for all that it adheres fairly tightly to the tropes of sword and sorcery fantasy. Another editing pass would likely be an improvement, especially concerning the use of adjectives, but the writing is solid enough to keep the reader's attention. The book does feel a bit short, with many questions unanswered, but for the start of a series that is very much to be expected.

All in all, definitely worth the fairly short time investment, and I will look forward to the next book.
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I absolutely love this book! I love the fact that there seems to be characters that most people can relate to. Also...the turtle. Oh my gosh. Adorable. "Sada, my turtle is too fat, and I cannot abide a naked turtle in my palace." I can't wait to read the next Verse in this series.
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This is a well-written full-length epic fantasy novel that's carried by deep characterization. Three main characters equally share the stage: Piotr, a young man burned out before his life really begins, with a gift to restore items, animals, and people damaged by Twists; Sadah, a dark elf singer who can no longer sing, muted through an assault; and Kathan, the Accidental King of a small and vulnerable realm, a mercenary and soldier trying to grow into the iron crown he sidestepped into. Their plotlines develop separately then entwine together in a rousing climax I did not see coming.

The authors' world is well built and different from any other medieval fantasy book I've yet read (not that I've read so many fantasy novels, you understand). Twists seem to be interdimensional faultlines, where some totally wrong portion of another universe encroaches on the story world. Everything about a Twist is wrong, from the noise it makes as it develops to the effects it has on whatever it contacts, with no two Twists being precisely the same. A Twist can turn animals into multi-layered living glass, where anatomists can study innards without killing the subject, or it can turn grass into knives. Or it can kill, in some pretty, well, twisted ways.

Cons: there are errors scattered throughout the manuscript, missing words, taught/taut mixups (for example), and so on. There aren't so many that they dragged me from the story; however, another proofreading pass would catch many of them. It's ruddy hard putting out an indie book and these authors did well, but it seems that one... more... round... is always necessary.

A minor thing, but a table of contents would have been nice.
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A must read for all fantasy/adventure lovers. Or just about anyone who likes getting involved with the characters. Once I started reading I did not want to put it down. When I finished and looked at the clock it was 3 AM!! I will definitely read everything else these two young authors bring forth.
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A shorter review here and maybe a longer one on my blog sometime when I get around to writing it.
I liked this book, the story held my interest and we see the characters from different areas get woven together without some POOF it happens reason. So if you like the fantasy (sword and sorcery genre) get this book.

Now I will say a few other bits about it. For starters I would like to have a map of the world. Anytime dealing with a world that is not my own. I like to see it. Even if its only a part of the whole world. One thing that puzzled me was the high literacy of most of the people we run across, both male and female which is unusual for the middle ages type setting. And the fact that all of these kingdoms, even the Dark Elf kingdom, all speak the same language. I do have my own fantasy setting in a homebrew RPG world where that is also the case but there is an explanation for it. I would like to have the explanation for the Twisted World as well.

The Twists themselves are intriguing to say the least. Something I might borrow for a RPG game someday. A form of "wild magic" that can cause havoc or be a blessing. Really a neat idea. But they don't seem to be visible, only their affects are visible most of the time. Something to learn more about in future books. Maybe some flashbacks to the old days and when they first happened.

Another point that might be a concern for those unfamiliar with the fantasy/middle ages type settings. Is the use of terms not normally used from our own history. On our own Earth we have Lord, Lady, Chamberlain, Noble, King, and other terms used by their retainers. Within the Twisted World we have Val, Valla, Eron and Abettor. While reading we can determine from the context what these terms mean from our own world.
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I picked up Dusk Harbinger because I had read the authors' previous publication, A Rabbit in the Road, and very much enjoyed it. As much as I liked Rabbit, Dusk Harbinger was a level above. I'm a character reader. Characters don't have to be likable, but they have to be authentic, engaging, and layered. In that, Dusk Harbinger excels. From the moment you meet each of the three main protagonists you are treated to their dynamic personalities, their flaws - both charming and irritating, and their heartfelt wishes. The stories of Sadah, Kathan, and Poitr are crafted masterfully, woven together within a unique and expansive world that is at once new and recognizable as a reflection of our own. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment of the three, as the end of this one left me enthralled.

In short: Dusk Harbinger, come for the characters, stay for the story, and finish begging for more.
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