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During their escape, aided by Jack, Alexa learns that she’s the last of a race of supernatural warriors, people who possess the positive traits of nearly all other supernatural races, and she’d apparently the ‘chosen’ one whose destiny is to ‘save’ all the others. What this means, she has no idea, but she quickly discovers that she has abilities not possessed by others—she’s inhumanly fast, and capable of defeating fighters twice her size. Her problem, she’s not sure what she’s been ‘chosen,’ for, nor is she sure she wants this responsibility.
The more she learns, though, the more she is determined to ‘fix’ the world she knows, even if it means leaving those she loves behind.
Blood Warrior by H. D. Gordon is a pulse-tingling young adult fantasy. The graphic violence and blunt discussion of male-female relationships demand that parents exercise discretion about allowing young teens or pre-teens to read it; but it’s an entertaining story that will delight maturing and mature readers. I particularly liked the way the author integrated the supernatural world with the modern world in a way that is almost believable.
This book was okay I guess. Honestly, and I know this is gonna sounds rude but I need to let this out, I forgot the whole thing shortly after reading it. I had to re-read the blurb to jog my memory. This is a thing that rarely happens to me so when it did I knew that I wasn’t going to have nice things to say about this story.
First off, the world building was sub-par for me. And that’s saying a lot because I’m one of those people that doesn’t really like world building. I like an author to give me just enough that I can fill in the blanks. But I don’t feel I even got that. It seemed all very rushed and intuitive. But like so intuitive an outsider (such as me) is thinking, “Okay, but how do you know that’s right?” Am I making sense?
Second, I didn’t really get why her not knowing what she was, was such a huge deal. It was never really explained to us. So when things don’t make sense or are never really explained, I tune out of the story. I almost DNF’d the book TBH but I was at like 75% in and I thought, might as well see if it turns around. Plus, I have had A LOT of DNF’s recently and I wanted to get out of my funk.
Third, it was unoriginal and a bit tropey. And while I am not a hater of tropes in general,(an author can make me LOVE a trope if written well) the lack of originality just made it a run of the mill read for me. I feel like a dick for this review but this is how I feel. Not a fit for me.
So, you may well ask, why only three stars? The first problem is structure: this isn't even a complete story. I understand that it's part of a series, but each book should be able to stand on its own. There's conflict enough, and plenty of surprises, but where's the climax and resolution? If the fight in the arena near the end is supposed to be climactic, it's far too weak to be really satisfactory, given the seriousness of the evils Alexa must combat. The book ends with a quest; structurally, this should take place about a third of the way through a novel, in each novel in a series.
A couple of things made the book a difficult read. First, it's a bit choppy at times. A lot of short sentences tend to slow the action; longer sentences, even compound sentences, make the action flow. The comma is a fiction writer's friend, not the period. The biggest problem, though, is the large number of misused words, even though the book lists an editor. (Mom?) Grammatically, the writing is pretty solid, though clearly a writer looking for her voice. It's improper word usage and incorrect spelling that really are a problem. "Suffrage" has absolutely nothing to do with suffering, for example, and we have "shuttering" when it should be "shuddering." And, frankly, when, in the letter to Alexa from her mother, I saw "weary" when it should have been "wary," I almost stopped reading right there. I don't think this was a typo, but simply the wrong word. Spelling errors? Let's see, dyer for dire, there for they're, mid-evil instead of medieval, pass times instead of pastimes. I could easily go on.
Why is this so important? Because someone who publishes a story must want to be a writer. Writing is a craft, and like any craft or profession, it requires the proper use of its tools, in this case, language. Words on the page are supposed to draw the fiction reader into the world of the story, but, as actual words, they should be invisible. Every misspelled word or simply the wrong word calls attention to itself and takes the reader back to the surface; he or she is no longer immersed in the story. A writer who fails to learn the mechanics of the craft is like a physician prescribing the wrong medicine, a carpenter trying to drive a nail with a screwdriver rather than a hammer, a baseball player with a tennis racket.
By not devoting proper attention to the mechanics of writing, I think a writer shows disrespect for his or her readers and cheats them out of the complete reading experience. Here, it's a real shame, because Gordon tells a really good story, or at least, the beginning of one; unfortunately, she doesn't tell it very well. I know this review is pretty harsh, but I assure you, I wouldn't even take the time if I didn't really think the writer was worth it.
Despite the above liabilities, still a book I'd recommend because of the strength of the story itself and the main character.
Very well written with great characters......especially Alexa and Kayden
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