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In Shades of Grey (The Elder Blood Chronicles Book 1)
In Shades of Grey (The Elder Blood Chronicles Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent setting, plot, and style; needs editting, June 28, 2011
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Normally, I don't write reviews for books; I've 472 in my kindle library, and a few hundred more books in assorted other formats, and don't want to be constantly writing reviews on other peoples' works (at least, not without being paid for it). I'm making an exception because I think Myers (the author) is one of the best to break into the overall fantasy scene recently, not just the "indie kindle author" scene.

Myers' world is inventive, populated by a host of unique races and magic systems (including some "Malazan Book of the Fallen" type elements such as the ability for magic-users to ascend to personify traits such as Honor or Fortune). However, where the Malazan series can be at times overly dense and dragging, Myers manages a great plot, superior pacing, and a natural writing style all of which contribute nicely to the reader's enjoyment. There are a few aspects I might have liked to read more of, such as Jala's training at the Academy or the mechanics of the magic; this lack is easily ignored, and I'm still unsure as to whether it's due to this being a first novel or due to pacing/mystery/other authorial concerns.

There are, sadly, significant editing issues, most egriously frequently missing or incorrect grammar and punctuation. Normally, these don't bother me too much- after all, for $3 what do you expect? Here though, you'll stumble far too frequently on some missing apostrophe, or feel like a sentence is awkward due to a comma where there should be a semi-colon. It's a real shame; the book is otherwise so enjoyable, the author so promising that I'd even done a brief search to try to find her email and offer to edit her novel (I couldn't find a website or email, sadly).

Overall, this novel is creative and well written, and should be enjoyable to readers. This could be upgraded to "hugely enjoyable" by the release of a version with the majority of the grammatical issues fixed (which, judging from comments on other authors' websites, is something that kindle allows). That said, I intend to buy the next in the series as soon as it's released whether the grammar improves or not.
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