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A major problem I had with it, though, was that by the end of the first book, we barely have two major character lines touching each other at all. The bulk of the first book is taken up by the training of one major character in a hidden monastery over the course of about 6-7 years, and the gradual undermining of a tyrant by an unlikely person, again about seven years in the making. One major character, the one that I suspect will eventually be the crux of the whole tale, spends unknown years in jail, never even able to see the sky.
I found that the book tended to go into minute detail about things happening in some plot lines, such as the monastery training, far beyond what would be useful to carry the story forward. Then other lines, such as Saba, his belated study of what Adair had requested him to study, his run-in with a mysterious person who obviously doesn't like him, and his long-term jailing is barely delved into.
All this being said, I can see that the basics of a well-planned fantasy saga are present in this book. I just feel that a lot of spurious information could have been excised from the tale without much loss. Also the end of the book being as open-ended as it is, with plot lines dangling in mid-air, so to speak, annoys me more than teases me to read into the next book. A series, even one as grand as this, can have at least some semblance of tying up the loose ends a bit.
Character development is uneven, with some being dealt with in depth, while others, though seemingly central to the tale, are barely dealt with. I suspect some of that may be handled in a future volume, though by now, one would think that all the main players should be better known than they are.
Overall, I put this first book at about 3 to 3-1/2 stars, but feel that there is promise in this world of Orudan and beyond.
This is a fantasy/paranormal book. There is some time travel thru a portal, some mind powers & I think the plot is gearing up for a war/rebellion. It's hard to tell if it will be based on the rights of the people or a religious war. You get the feeling that all is not as it seems with the religious fraction, the monks, the high priest, the temple, and/or their religious beliefs.
I don't want to say too much so I'll just say the story jumps at times from character to character in their perspective scene: jail, monastery, characters in the town of Bantul, and our world or our present time. It seems the story will take place in this other world that is either our world's past or another world. The characters wear togas, tunics and pants, long dresses and the slaves wear minimal clothing, ie a lion cloth. There's ships with sails & oars, and slaves for oaring. The time itself is harsh for a person's freedom, rights,or the lack of, including the slaves, women and children. This includes violence towards these people. So don't go into this book thinking of fairies and wizards. This is more of a realistic look at what it must have been like hundreds of years ago for some of the people of those times. The whole book isn't full of violence, don't get me wrong, it's a couple of scenes however I think it's nice to be forewarned.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I went in with an open mind and I'm glad I did. That said, I can also say that the book is a rather slow plot. I'm hoping this book is merely the background and build up for the series. I think that if I'm right, that this book would have gotten better reviews and happier readers if the author had combined the first two books. This way we get the build up but you also begin to get into the hardcore plot and hopefully some action. Yes, I'm aware this would make the book longer, but in this case, I believe, it would have been worth it. I would like to have deeper aspects of the characters: their quirks, feelings, what makes them unique, histories, family life, secrets, goals, etc. What I really missed was a kind of playfulness or comic relief. I mean these are kids so they're going to act like kids: getting into trouble, curiosity, bad jokes, and I definitely would have expected these kids to mourn their lives and families. Once at the monastery, these kids just went with the program other than one time of sneaking to the kitchen. That definitely is not like any of the group's of boys I've dealt with. Lol Theyre always into mischief! Lol Anyway, I think this could have been better but it definitely isn't even close to the worst book I've ever read, so I think some of the harsher reviews are rather critical. I mean, I don't think it's fair to punish the author/book in a review because the person picked the wrong genre or it isn't quite to their taste. --just saying--
I like where the book seems to be heading so I will be going on to book 2 & see where this plot takes me.
Editing: well edited. Age group: Adults! Book cover: generic, not content specific other than the sword. The font and its graphic layout are eye catching and better yet, it stays consistent throughout the series.