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Call of the Herald: Young Adult Epic Fantasy (The Dawning of Power trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 243 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 9 - 18|
|Grade Level: 4 - 12|
- Book 1 of 3 in The Dawning Of Power Trilogy (3 Book Series)
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So, I'll consider the next book if its not too expensive.
The plot is hard to follow. Rathbone doesn't build up the setting enough - the reader is dropped into a world he/she knows nothing about.
The author also gives information randomly, tossing in bits and pieces of detail that has nothing to do with the previous or following sentences. Then there's the problem of giving TOO much information, which drags the story out (e.x.: "...permitting his unconscious mind -- rather than his conscious mind -- guide the way." Obviously if it's unconscious mind, it's not going to be his conscious mind.)He also tells us rather than shows us, which is a personal pet peeve of mine, as well as of language arts teachers everywhere.
Rathbone strings things together that don't make sense: "Leaping over the hedge, Nat moved with confidence and purpose, suddenly trusting his instincts more than his senses. For the first time in a very long time, he believed not only in his father, but also in himself." When you read that entire section of the chapter, the second sentence doesn't connect to anything. Why? Why does he suddenly believe in himself? We don't know because the author doesn't show us.
There is also the problem of overly wordy dialogue: "'Ah, Cat. I wish none of this were happening. You've certainly done nothing to deserve what those sons of jackals just said. Don't take their words into your heart, dear one. They are just scared, confused, and looking for someone to blame. I'll take care of them; don't you worry. Come along now. We've horses to tend, and I need to make a trip to the cold caves this afternoon,' he said..." Much of this dialogue is useless as well as stilted.Read more ›
The writing is a very very easy read... so easy it's almost sickening. The characters are not developed and I felt no sympathy or relathionhip with any of them, except maybe Chase. The book has to makings of a good story, but needs to be treated with a more mature style of writing, greater character development, and less talk more speed. As a reader of great fantasy books, including the Lord of the Rings, I find the comparisions of this book to LOTR highly undeserved.
But that's not all...the Zjhon believe in the prophecy and have given the order to search for the Herald and do away with her. This is an intriguing fantasy and is hard to put down. The description of scenery is so well written that I could imagine it in my mind. The characters are believable and well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Dawning of Power is a trilogy, which includes Call of the Herald, Inherited Danger, and Dragon Ore. I would recommend this book for all ages.
Written by Linda Weaver Clarke, author of the new mystery series "The Adventures of John and Julia Evans."
I had difficulty keeping interest in this book since it felt too much like a rushed introduction with too many points of view and too many balls in the air for such a short novel. Primary focus was on character and world building while plot was not adequately clarified. I have "bought" (available as a free download) the second book in the series, I will start to read it but I am not fully committed to finishing it. My primary dissatisfaction with series so far is that there is inadequate understanding of the underlying nature of the conflict and the prophecies driving the conflict. I understand that it is too early in the series to show all of the cards but still more is needed to be shown to keep my interest. If early parts of the second book show enough plot details and plot progression to keep my interest then I will likely finish the series - otherwise I will drop it.
This is the first book in the debut Godsland trilogy, The Dawning of Power trilogy, which was available for free download when I "bought" it. Next books in trilogy are Inherited Danger (Godsland Series: Book Two) (currently available for free download) and ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well written enjoyable read, easy to follow. could have used a little better back story but I suspect that will come as the story progresses.Published 3 days ago by George Nelson
The plot is really slow to build. The reader is left in the dark about the prophecy. Otherwise it is well written.Published 12 days ago by Shay
Even as young adult fantasy it was quite entertaining to me, a retired old guy. Look forward to the rest of the series.Published 15 days ago by Larry Munro
This story just didn't come together. basic plot of girl getting strange powers and not knowing how to control them as she and her friends are chased by the bad guys. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Russ Stebbins
Entertaining with interesting plot twists. This book kept me interested and involved with the characters but didn't make me think overly much. It was a good summer read. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Cathy S. Shapiro
Now this wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t that good, either. Even considering the fact that the tone won’t be as “adult” in a young-adult fantasy, I still always hope for more... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Susie Suey
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