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Delver Magic Book I: Sanctum's Breach
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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In a world without magic, magic comes alive again and strange creatures are sighted that have lived only in legends.

Delvers live along side of humans and are the only different race left from the times of magic. That is what humans and delvers thought.
Ryson Acumen is a purebred delver, creatures of intense curiosity and speed of movement, and he is traveling to discover the cause of an unexplained disturbance of the land. During the beginning of his travels Ryson encounters a zombie that tries to kill him and an elf who befriends him. There are more races to meet and there is a quest... to race against more magic being released in the world.

This first book of a trilogy builds a believable world and the action increases as the book moves along.

Because the book started off as a slow read for me, I gave only gave it 4 stars. The last half of the book was worthy of a 5 star book and I'm looking forward to the next book in the trilogy, hoping it will be a true 5 star all the way from start to finish.

I enjoyed the book and the characters and the action. If you like fantasy and action and epic adventure stories, you'll like this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2012
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This book is slow. The pacing is slow, the action is slow, even the wording is slow. The author takes the stance that why use ten words to describe something when he can use thirty. This would not matter if the thirty words chosen invoked a sense of wonder or beauty, but instead they are simply as interesting as mashed peas.

So, the basic premise of the book is that main character uncovers a ring under a mountain - I mean a sphere buried in the mountain. He meets with an wise elder named Gandalf - I mean Mappel - who tells him to gather a fellowship and meet in Rivendell - sorry Connel. Where they shall journey to the mountain and cast the sphere back into the fires - well destroy it after passing some tests. I am sure the story seems familiar, but I just cannot place where I read it before.

All kidding aside this book is one dull read. I forced myself to get through it, but it was it was a difficult book to convince myself to pick up. The number of positive reviews may cause me to begin to read book 2 in the hopes that it improves. There is an interesting story here to be told, but Jeff Inlo is not an interesting storyteller.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2011
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It is not often I give up on a book but midway through I gave up on this. It reads like a primary reader, characters are not well developed and are far from believable, very one dimensional.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2011
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I tried really hard to like this book, but I just couldn't. It was so slow and repetitive. Some details were spelled out in too great a detail and others (such as what delvers look like) were missing. The weight of the book was also off - the beginning took forever to get going and then when the author got to the important part (when they actually arrived at Sanctum), the book sped up too much. It almost seemed like the author got tired of writing and just decided to half-ass the most important part of the book. Also there were a lot of typos that could not be overlooked - such as the use of accept instead of except. The author really needs an editor. I usually give authors a second chance but I will not be reading the rest of this series.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2011
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Book I of Delver Magic takes us into a world without magic. Mr. Inlo weaves a wonderful tale of humans, elves, dwarves and delvers on the way to release the imprisoned magic.

I downloaded a free edition off a different site. If the Amazon edition is the same, Mr. Inlo could use an editor. Spelling and word usage leaves a little to be desired at times. However, that doesn't detract from a very munchable book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2012
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I'm an avid reader of fantasy novels on my Kindle. I had just finished several excellent novels by authors such as Brandon Sanderson and Robin Hobb and decided to take a chance on this one. From the very first chapter I was disappointed with the quality of the writing. In my opinion it reads like the author is a high school student writing their first novel. For example, the mayor of a town following an earth quake encouraging his town council members not to spend money on unnecessary repairs says. "You know what I mean, some poor slob thinks his house is starting to wear down and will come to us saying the quake damaged his home." Really.... "some poor slob"? The interactions between the characters seem to have no realistic or interesting depth and and the writing style is weak. I quickly tired of the writing and have moved on (perhaps the writing improves later but I'm not going to waste the time finding out.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2011
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This book is probably a good read if you are age 9 or 10 but not for an adult. It's really basic and overly descriptive and gives the reader no credit for having an imagination. It's more like a series of short predictable episodes that are dumped together to make one long tedious story filled with shallow, inconsistent and all too similar characters. It's just, well, bad. I forced myself to keep reading as long as possible hoping it would improve, but after I got about 80% of the way through, I finally quit. I already know how it ends and even if by some miracle the author puts in a twist, I don't care and he never made me want to. He has created no interest or bond with the characters strong enough to make the reader want to see what happens to them. Don't waste your time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2012
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I liked the story line about humans and "delvers" living together. When a threat appears which could wipe them out they find there are 3 other races involved - dwarves, algors and elves.

The main character, Ryson Acumen, is a delver. He is an explorer with a highly developed sense of curiosity along with smelling, sight and speedy movement. Even after reading the whole book I still don't have a clear picture of what he looks like although a human female is his love so I would guess very close to human.

This would have been a great book except for some minor items like spelling and word usage that detract from the story. Mostly the errors can be ignored but once in a while they can confuse.

The major flaw was too much introspection. In more than a couple of places the characters go back and forth, and back, and forth and back forth, just beating the subject to death. Then there are the times that every single thought is expressed. Gets one to wondering if this is just filler to make the book longer.

Although I found the story line to be unique enough and the main character Ryson the delver delightful I would have to give this book a rating of 3 stars.

If you would like to read a unique story with some familiar faces and new ones included, and don't mind the slow spots, the grammer and spelling errors, then you should get this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2012
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I barely mde it through the the first third of the book and couldn't force myself to read any more. Nice premise, poorly presented, with monotonous and HIGHLY repetitive dialogue, overuse of the same words for pages at a time (how many times do we need to see the word oblivion repeated in three or four pages?!) and over explaining concepts that are easily understood the first time you see them, never mind the 10th....did I mention it was repetitive? I removed it from my kindle...wish it had been better written as I did originally think the premise was fun, but honestly, it's torture to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2011
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I enjoyed the story, but there were gaps that had me re-reading in a few spots, trying to figure out what happened...one thing I've noticed about the lower priced/free books, is that there are some spelling issues...access instead of excess, things like that. They distract me some, but overall the book was able to compensate for the minor issues.
Not on par with Dragonlance books, but not bad. A bit simpler to read and follow, as well. I would recommend this for those who may have a hard time with some of the more detailed/complex books, but aren't seeking a grade school level read.
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