- File Size: 1725 KB
- Print Length: 494 pages
- Publisher: Firebound Books (January 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ECI7W2A
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Call of the Crown: (The Dragon Oracles: Part One) (The Eastern Kingdom Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The story is set in an interesting world filled with things both familiar and unfamiliar to readers. The characters are well established. If you like quest-type story-lines, you are very likely to enjoy this book ... but I will caution you that you should not read this book unless you are prepared to read the others, because although the book does close some loops and tie up some loose ends, it clearly sets the scene for book 2 (a la LOTR, et al.).
There are quite a few typos and grammatical errors ... not as bad as some other similar kindle books I have read, but enough to be distracting. Still, all-in-all, the story carries the day and I think you'll find this book to be worthy of your limited reading time (isn't everyone's reading time far too limited?).
The world development is disappointing. I never knew where the scenes took place relative to the whole. The names are most annoying. They aren't pronounceable or memorable. They appear everywhere slowing the pace and too often their reference has nothing to do with the story again slowing the pace.
I can't really recommend it.
The Good: I'm a fan of when a book opens without giving you everything. It leaves you to try to piece together the characters, the relationships, the timeline(s). I think being able to create that cohesiveness as an author is a talent, and certainly this is being done well with this story. The array of characters and the races, to an extent (I'll explain below) is astounding though sometimes a bit more difficult to keep straight. I'm also a fan of strong female characters, which this story does incorporate in addition to the father-son relationship of Gialyn and Garic. Add in character flaws (Elsepth is impetuous, Gialyn is jealous, Garic is over-protective), and you have a worthy cast of characters.
The Meh: Grammatical errors. I've edited creative writings for years, and for me, the numerous typos and grammatical errors were too distracting on my Kindle (too/to, past/passed, beat/beet, etc). Run-on sentences and plenty of great opportunities to use the oft-neglected semicolon are abundant as well. It bothers me more than the average person, I understand that. Now onto the characters: I feel that the characterizations are not consistent and are downright confusing at times in terms of his/her behavior in comparison to past behavior(s) the author has shared with us. There are times I see tiny snippets of the intricacies of these thought-out characters, but the development doesn't come to fruition. **SPOILER ALERT** When the characters are shoved (yes, that's how it feels) together for their journey, despite some not knowing the others, it gets difficult to tell them apart. There were times I wouldn't know who was speaking if they weren't named in the book. I sensed a sugary sweetness of the camaraderie without nary a villain until a thief's life is taken by Elspeth (as a likely plot device for later)? Maybe more could be teased out about the characters more earlier on, in subtle ways, so they stand apart. Another frustrating point is the childishness I sense in two 18-year-olds (Brea, Gialyn) that is more akin to that of a pre-teen. There were fight scenes scattered throughout that could certainly be more developed as well, as you have two former soldiers (one Captain of the Guard), a wizard, Elspeth, and Arfael.....
In the end, I struggled with wanting to read farther because of the development by the end Book One. However, my understanding is that the series is meant to be one book rather than Books One-Four. I think a disclaimer would be most useful so people don't give up too early due to the slower pace of the first e-book. It gives the readers a way to recognize that the character evolution may take longer than one "book". I certainly remember how boring I thought the Fellowship of the Ring was, and yet it's a fantastic series. I will read on and hope to see where this story will take me and give the author the benefit of the doubt given the time and energy poured into any written work.
For author: could use some refined
editing/proofreading for misspelled, left out & improperly used words. Pronunciation guide would also be helpful.