- File Size: 485 KB
- Print Length: 289 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dana Marton (March 16, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 16, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UUBNM4A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Accidental Sorceress: Epic Fantasy Romance (Hardstorm Saga Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The story does a great job in painting us a world and in describing love and loss. Where many books will treat grief as a temporary thing here two things really wound her and are still hurting later on on several occasions like it would in the real world.
We can witness Tera grow into a leader. She is really a character you bond with. Her bodyguard Orz brings tears to one's eye.
Very good book. I will recommend it to my friends.
There were however some thing that kept me wondering: (***** some minor spoilers)
- Why would the High Lord leave his realm to go on such a mission on his own and not send a trusted warrior or diplomat? Because that one is already dead? Is there no other? I mean even with a second in command in place it will leave his country without the highest leader. Even if he maybe thinks he can accomplish it in two weeks or so it is very dangerous;
- Why does Tera not heal Orz? Somewhere she says he would be angry. Why? Because it would kill her as he is so hurt? But now his injuries make him unable to do his job.
- He cannot speak and then suddenly he can? Is that just a way of him getting healed?
Many reviewers say there will be a third novel but I doubt it. As the last couple of sentences are exactly what Tera has been hoping for. And people who want to see her go and live on her beach: somewhere was mentioned the High Lord had not only the castle that came with his job but also his own estate.
What I would have liked to know before I bought this book. (minor spoilers)
1. What type of book is it: adventure, action, drama, etc? This volume tries to be an epic fantasy adventure. Its romance fails to build on the previous installment’s base.
2. What is the story about, in general? The story is about Tera, healing her way through a war torn land, gathering allies and sending them into battle.
3. What/Who is the target audience? Teenage, YA and Adult ladies.
4. How is the editing and proofreading? The book needs a good edit. Most of the story is narrated, with little dialogue involved. A lot of the story is told instead of shown. It felt monotonous even in action scenes. The use of were/was dominates some areas of the book. The proofreading is above average, but I did catch a clear error here and there.
5. Is there character development or exploration? Yes. Tera is further explored as a sorceress, but the basic characteristics of her personality don’t change. Her actions lack depth and the oddly worded ‘voice’ of the first volume. With one bland exception, the descriptions of all new characters end on their skin; generic, external, without individual insight as to how the main character views their personalities.
6. Are the characters likable? The characters are generally forgettable. They felt bland and generic. Thus, I can’t say I like any of them because I didn’t get emotionally involved in their welfare. Their synergy is sparse, disjointed, uncoordinated and mostly TOLD instead of shown.
7. Do you have to suspend disbelief? The events surrounding Tera and Batumar strained my disbelief to extremes. Two very improbable coincidences must exist for this story thread to continue. Worst still, I predicted the resolution. Thus, that particular twist didn’t ‘get’ me.
8. Does the story keep its pacing? No. For the second book in a romance series, this book has very little romance. Thus, what’s the point of writing a romance book that lacks romance?
The book is mostly a narration of Tera’s tribulations. Dialogue gave way to explanations of personal sacrifices, epic battles, burned villagers and such. The reader rarely experiences the adrenaline rush of the ever present conflict. Worst still, many powerful dramatic scenes lack the language and imagery necessary to really pump the pacing. We’re TOLD about them, not shown.
9. Is the book worth the asking price? The $4 price tag, combined with the 99 cents of the previous book, averages around $2.50 per book. That’s really cheap.
In conclusion: The author uses many events in succession to increase pacing, but most of the story is told through observations and impression. It felt like reading an impersonal journal. Most of the characters lack description and depth. Some big coincidences felt forced. The book has a certain degree of predictability which did not enchant. There is very little drama romance. The editing needs a little polish to get rid of all the repetitive was/were verbs and to axe all the ‘telling’. The proofreading is good, but some words are misspelled. The price is fairly cheap and accessible. This book forgets an important factor: it’s supposed to be a romance story. The writing style is still above most authors, but I can’t say this volume impressed me.