- File Size: 1908 KB
- Print Length: 599 pages
- Publisher: Forbidden Fiction; 1 edition (August 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073TLVVC6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Print List Price:||$14.99|
Save $12.00 (80%)
Brother Bewitched (Shattered Isles Book 1) Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Length: 599 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Matchbook Price: $0.00
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
- Similar books to Brother Bewitched (Shattered Isles Book 1)
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This is Book 1, I wait with anticipation the following books in this series and would enjoy the author's talent in a similar, scifi setting!
When I saw this book, I was excited to read what was implied to be almost six hundred pages of an epic fantasy with a main character that gets turned into a girl. I don't know if it's just me, but I feel that books like that are so obscenely rare, because most gender bending tales are fifty pages of sex-fueled shenanigans, and they just don't appeal to me.
I crave a compelling story with characters who I can really feel and form an emotional attachment to. I certainly have some kind of attachment to this story, but it's been a very frustrating and confusing one, and I've asked myself for three months now whether or not I was just being stupid. After all, the other reviews for this book are all positive, with the exception of the one dude who was turned off because he thought it was a science fiction, for some reason. I thought, maybe I'm just being mean, maybe I just can't see its potential, maybe I didn't pay enough attention. So I read it a second time, and I came out even more frustrated than before. This book has for some reason bothered me so much, that I can't stop occasionally coming back to it and complaining. Maybe I'm overreacting, but I'm serious. I wanted to love the book, and I even loved the characters sometimes, but the only feelings that the entire experience invokes in me is disappointment and frustration.
I spent so much time wanting to critically review it, but I was too worried that I was being too heavy handed. Now I can't contain my frustration, I have to speak my piece.
Let me start by saying that I sincerely liked the premise. I thought it was a well crafted idea that could have led to some truly great and memorable moments. I've always loved the idea of two protagonists, who know each other intimately, clashing against one another until finally they make peace and build or rebuild a friendship, or any kind of relationship. Yet, my primary frustrations were with Serren and Pattenia.
Serren was the only character that I connected with throughout the entire story, despite him only being one half of the main protagonist experience. He might have started out as a little hooligan, he might have even been invented to give the audience something to get pissed off at, and to say “Serves you right!”- but all I felt for him was sympathy. Serren’s attitude was a product of being reared in an ignorant society, and though it doesn't excuse his actions or say that he had nothing to learn, I could never have been angry with him. I knew from the start that he'd be the victim, after all. What rubs me the wrong way, is that the book even seems to favor painting him as some douchebag who has to take his lumps. The story is about him learning the error of his ways, and it makes realistic sense that those he interacts with would show him little mercy, but when it feels as though even the narrator is trying to shove down my throat that he deserves it, I get mad.
At first I felt sympathy for Pattenia too, her life sucks. That all changed when she FAILED to change for the better. I couldn't help but to cheer Serren on, every time he promised that he'd take back what was stolen from him, because no matter how much of an arrogant rabble rouser he was, it was absolutely stolen from him. He was deposed, humiliated, and broken by total hypocrites. Seeing him spend time as a woman and learn that he judged them incorrectly would have been even better if he overcame his predicament and came out on top. I wanted to see him beat the odds and wind up being the bigger woman in the end. I wanted to see him show Pattenia that he was legitimately remorseful over how he acted, but that he has every right to be furious with her, and that he didn't actually deserve what happened to him.
I never got that, and the story always favored Pattenia who undoubtedly disappointed me the most.
I got a little taste of it near the end when Serren goes flashy with his clothing and taunts his mother. I believe my response was “Oh, burn! Take that Annya!” It was sassy and pleasing to watch, but it doesn't make up for how Serren always says that today will be the day he takes back his kingdom, and then never even really tries. He doesn't fail in a way that I felt real, he doesn't learn his lesson in a way that I felt real, and he certainly didn't make up with Pattenia in a way that felt real. More on that to come.
Next is the Girl-King. What little sympathy I had for Pattenia fell by the wayside when her remorse over planning to usurp her brother’s throne (which already didn't feel all that strong or sincere), made a complete 180. I could've liked her more if she dealt with the consequences of her own actions as well, if she really came to regret so thoroughly violating her brother. The plot armour was thick with her, and never once does she really come to feel the guilt I thought she should have. She doesn't seem like she ever regrets her decision, even when she says she does. I don't mind that she remained King, but she doesn't just get to do all of the things she did and then never come face to face with an angry Serren, now much wiser than he was before, with his female body trained for combat, who's ready to at least duel her to a draw.
Pattenia was in fact, highly inconsistent. She mopes for a little bit about what she's about to do to her brother, then forgets about him for a time after she's King, and then starts taking revenge for all of the dirty jokes over the years. This is why I felt she never truly cared. She had her own rights to be angry, but her constant taunting made everything feel so insincere, and she really is just kind of a brat overall. She just snaps at Annya whenever she tries to help, picks on Serren whenever she even bothers to try and interact with him at all, and don't even get me started on how she treats Runtick!
The kid likes bugs, that's really not that weird. Betrothals are immoral, but seriously, hate the law- not the other poor kid who doesn't want to marry you either. He even tries his best to impress Pattenia to maybe make the situation a little less hopeless. Dude’s a real champ for taking that kind of emotional abuse.
This brings me to my most hated scene. The scene that I hoped I'd love the most. When Pattenia and Serren reconcile.
It was totally undeserved. It was already so short that it was anticlimactic, but those two should not have been okay with each other yet, after everything they've done. Serren especially should have had nothing but contempt for Pattenia for years. After Serren gets transformed, they exchange words for a few minutes maybe three or four times over the course of ~300 pages, and each interaction is ALWAYS negative. Neither of them did really anything with each other to deserve burying the hatchet, let alone engaging in some sibling bonding.
Serren was stolen from, his body and free will were violated before the eyes of almost every noble, he was held under house arrest and humiliated further by being forced to dress in clothing that even all women hate, he was ridiculed, and just made a mockery of in general. I can't say that his previous actions really warranted any of that, I firmly believe that they don't. Yet now Serren’s just okay with Pattenia? The dude went from plotting assassination to being like- “Lol yeah, I forgive you.”
Pattenia disappoints me because she's not the shining hero that the book tries to paint her as.
Serren disappoints me because the story would have been so much cooler if he acted on his desire to reclaim what he lost.
Their interactions together disappoint me, because they don't really interact enough as it is!
Some of it felt rushed to reach a conclusion, whole years of depression and hatred were skipped for Serren to just forgive his sister. Other parts just didn't carry the emotional impact or drama that they should have.
And then I see one of these reviews claim that Pattenia is making a better world. Are you kidding me? The patriarchal society they lived in sucked, objectively. However, Pattenia doesn't “make the world a better place, instead of becoming what she fought against”. She absolutely does just what the previous tradition of kings did, only in favor of the opposite sex. She literally bans male inheritance, allowing succession to be achieved by the oldest female heir only! Then she acts like a tyrant by slapping edicts out left and right. It is exactly the same thing as only letting men inherit titles. It's a matriarchy, and that's no less screwed up than a patriarchy. I don't see how Pattenia wormed her way into the graces of the other reviewers, I don't feel that she deserves it.
Perhaps I hate her especially because I'm transgender, I don't know. She traps her brother in the wrong body, and basically inflicts gender dysphoria on him. The idea agitates me because that power could have instead been used for so much good.
That's pretty much all of my issues with the story. I love the concept behind it, and I loved Serren even when his idleness frustrated me, but everything else just didn't perform and I felt cheated for it.
I'm sorry if I'm coming off as mean, but I had to rant- I couldn't contain my irritation after it stewed for months.
The weird part about it is that I liked Serren, and I actually intend to read the second book you're writing since I really want to see him succeed, but only because I hope in vain that it will somehow give me closure.
I don't know if I'm right, or if any of this will be of use to you, but it's my honest opinion.
Most recent customer reviews
This does beg for a sequal.