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Child of the Sword, Book 1 of The Gods Within by [Doty, J. L.]
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"...a magical world of witches, wizards and war in this high-energy first installment of an epic-fantasy series...A fine fantasy novel that will provide readers with a good weekend escape from reality" -- Kirkus Reviews

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Editor's Pick week of 8/5/2013
 
Semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review's 2013 Best Indie Book Awards

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The Name of the Sword, the 4th and final book in this series, is now available.

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  • File Size: 1629 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC; 2014.12.21 edition (December 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091RV9GM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed this book but kept finding myself moved out of the narrative as I asked myself "is this credible?" I don't mean 'realistic' as I know this is a fantasy. I mean emotionally credible. Particularly when the protagonist swings between being self-aware and insightful and incredibly emotionally stupid. I give this 4 stars for the fantasy setting and the overall plot premise but 2 stars for character development and authenticity. With more refinement in character development, this would have been a better book.
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By Bryce on September 16, 2012
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I liked this book overall. Morgin is a fairly interesting character who like so many main characters makes several dumb decisions. So i liked the characters and the setting for the most part is simple and easily understood. The magic is not very well defined but you can get how it works for the most part. The thing is im not sure im going to get the next book, why?

It mainly centers on the beginning and the end. The start of the book and alot of in between pieces are time skipped. While most of these parts make sense a few left questions and frustrations. The end brings with it a change in reality for Morgin and that is the thing that i find most...desconcerting? So while i do not know if i will continue the series i can recommend this book and let you see for yourself. On a side note something that really bugged me is it seesm the people in this world have 6 fingers, and i can see no real reason for it.
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I liked the writing in the book, and it kept me engaged. The protagonist seemed likeable, however he did some things that just didn't make much sense as far as the character was portrayed, and those things really killed the story for me. I read the whole book, but mostly cause I wanted to see if things ever got better for the main character. It seemed like nothing ever went right for the protagonist, even when he was successful in things, the way his success was portrayed made me feel like he wasn't doing it, but rather he was just being used to do it, if that makes sense. It's possible the author was going for that impression. If so, he succeeded, but it's not something that is interesting or fun to read for me. Finally the author did a good job of adding lots of mysterious plot points and information to the world, then explained basically nothing. I kind of wanted to give it less then 3 stars, except it was engaging and well enough written, and some people enjoy the kinds of angst and frustration this book brought out. Some more detailed spoilery comments below

***SPOILER***

As said I commented above, nothing goes right for Morgin. He ends up married to the girl he's interested in, and while her comment at the betrothal was very hurtful, he proceeded to treat her horribly for years. Not only does this seem out of character for an otherwise pleasant enough young man, it just adds to the frustration generated by the book. The situation gets exacerbated by what happens with Velso and Rhianne. Then near the end once he finds out the truth, it seems like he tries a couple times to make things up, but mostly appears to let it just turn more rotten. I can accept these kind of scenarios to generate tension in the story as long as they last at most few days or a week.
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When I first started reading this book in the Amazon preview it seemed nice enough to make me buy it for my Kindle. After I read some more pages however, I began to realize that this won't be a quality read and it certainly proved that way. To give the author some credit, the story is interesting and captivating enough, and it kept me reading even after I realized I won't be getting sufficient satisfaction as a whole.

There are simply too many flaws in the narrative. The characters (especially the main protagonist) have murky personalities at best and way too often act and speak inconsistently with their character sheets (if you allow me that D&D reference). Some situations were simply ridiculous and extremely unlikely if we summarized all the facts we had on the table so far. It is clear that the author pursued unexpected twists and turns in the plot, but achieved them at the heavy price of credibility and consistency of the characters themselves. I could not really define for myself who the characters really were, what borders would fit their personalities, and how would they act in a normally predictable situation. As a result I could not really believe the story... and reading such books is all about belief, isn't it?

All in all I would not recommend this book and I only give it 3 stars, because there actually is some good potential in the author. Maybe if the book had gone through several very serious reviews and had had put in it few more months of hard work, then the result would have been drastically different (for the better). But right now as it is it simply does not live up to the heavy competition.
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By Mike on September 15, 2012
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Shadows are typically scary places where nightmares lurk. Rat, the main character, finds shadows to be a source of comfort and protection within the concealment offered by shadows. This is an interesting twist on traditional fantasy assumptions. Story opens with Rat, the homeless city boy, being discovered hiding in the shadows by a magician clansman. This meeting leads Rat on a journey to discover magic and meet clan rivalries, intrigues and warfare. Rat has a destiny which he is, mostly reluctantly, forced to find. Overall, an action and suspense packed fantasy which I enjoyed.

Parts of the story were confusing to follow as the overall nature of the conflict is unclear as well as the roles of some characters. Many of Rat's family relationships were dysfunctional with only minor progress in addressing those issues. Considering that this is the first book in a series, this is a fine mechanism to build interest in the next novel. I expect that the next book will better clarify the conflict and the character roles.

Child of the Sword is the first book in The Gods Within series. Author's website indicates that this series will be a trilogy and that the next novel, The SteelMaster of Indwallin, should be released in December 2012.

No significant editing issues were noted. The Child of the Sword is 7,322 Kindle locations long - including a short excerpt for the next novel. Standard length "paperback" novels seem to run in the 4,500 to 7,000 plus Kindle location range. Long novels can range from 15,000 to 20,000 plus Kindle locations.
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