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- Print Length: 298 pages
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- Publisher: Pencastle Publications; 2 edition (January 6, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 6, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008WWFYRW
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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That particularly includes the writing, which is crisp, clear, and engaging throughout. Marsden creates a satisfying world, then gives us several interesting characters to run around in it with. He manages to provide enough information and background to make the setting seem real without overloading us with too much detail. The story is the heart of the book and he never loses focus on that.
Speaking of the story, it's a good one. Tightly plotted, I never found myself wondering "Why would someone who seems so smart do something so dumb?" as I have with some of my other forays into independent authors. My questions were answered neatly within the flow of the narrative. I liked the "system" of magic he's introduced as well. It allows for the classic "it can do anything!" feel, while still managing to not have it be the answer to everything or unraveling the plot. I liked the main characters and even the antagonist. By the end, I found myself ready and eager to read the next installment.
If like me you're looking for good independent fantasy to read but wary of shoddy productions and mediocre talent wasting your time, worry no more -- Nick Marsden is the real deal and "The Book of Nepharid" will definitely satisfy your appetite for good, solid, engaging fantasy fare. It reminds me a lot of Barbara Hambly's Windrose Chronicles trilogy, which is one of my all-time favorites. Do yourself a favor and pick it up today!
I love the main characters and cannot get enough of Those-Who-Serve (powerful creatures bonded to select humans). When I find myself analyzing characters and predicting their future decisions, an author has done well.
The one thing I wondered about, on finishing the book was its ratings and reviews on Goodreads. Oh, I know what you are thinking. And no, I didn't mean it in a negative manner. I was surprised that it has very few reviews considering it's a good fantasy book to get lost in.
The book cover is eye catching and goes well with the plot. The way N in Nepharid is written as a sigil adds a little bit of character to the image. The blurb is very plain and tells us without any mystery what to expect in the story. Yet there are a few twists and turns which keep us engrossed in the tale.
The author has built a world based on common fantastical elements in an uncommon manner. The known creatures like unicorns and ogres are shown in a new light. The story begins in the usual high fantasy manner of an orphan being featured as the protagonist. My first reaction was - " Oh, no. Not another orphan centric fantasy story!" And then progresses to add in well developed side characters and more colourful entities. The only regret was that Geminus was not fully explored in this book. I am hoping there will be more of the world revealed in the following books.
Another point in favour of the book was the pace of the story. It didn't take much time to race through the chapters in spite of not being chock-full of action scenes. Though nearly half of the book was about the hero, Gaelan and his (non)journey to becoming a Magus, the description wasn't tedious and it set the scene for the adventure part of the book. The magic system was different and interesting with the use of symbols.
As to the characters, the only one I didn't like much was Gaelan himself with his self doubt and indecision. But he marginally gained respect at the end of the book. Everyone has a part to play in the overall scheme of things. I especially loved Ariel's duty consciousness and the camaraderie between Ulrich and Carbright. There is a mystery around Allison and I hope that the author would clear it up in the next book.
The way the author has bridged a story between a fantasy realm and the real world sets the tone of the book. As an avid reader of fantasy books, I would put this author on my watch list and look forward to the other books in the series. I recommend it to people who read YA fantasy for a fun filled quiet book adventure by the fire.
My rating : 4/5
My reread factor : 4/5
Floryie @ http://thebookdrealms.blogspot.com
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