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Crown of Dust: Enter a Uniquely Scottish Fantasy Realm (The Gloaming Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08HJS1378
- Publication date : September 3, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 4317 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 262 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08XLGJRPF
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #356 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The author has strong prose, describing the scene with carefully chosen words and concise sentences. The dialogue is incredibly well done. I stopped and reread many lines out of pure enjoyment for the clever turns of phrase and the great tit-for-tat verbal sparring between characters.
The author develops the main character, the Prince Regent, with incredible skill. The emotions of the man are shown through superbly crafted scenes and brilliant use of other characters as contrast. His wife is an important one, with her strong personality complimenting his equally strong, yet more emotional, personality. She is exceptionally well-written, with their relationship instantly enjoyable and well-grounded. His children are also well-written and realistic, with some heartrending scenes within the family.
The story does throw a 180° twist, which might have been foreshadowed a little more. Without going into spoilers, it was a little on the unbelievable side. There are some reasons for the change which are hinted at, however, so this doesn't totally detract from the story.
One aspect I enjoyed was the correct naming of various pieces of armour, proper detail in the care of horses and the various historical aspects of life. The religious aspect of the worls was also carefully developed and sprinkled throughout.
In summary: Good writing, developed characters, great dialogue and solid action. It feels a bit like King Lear meets Braveheart.
This is one of the best fantasy novels I have read in the last five years. I will be following this author and his books with attention.
Top reviews from other countries
This is a well written book and a great first novel. I found the writing engaging and the characters great. Mata’s fall was particularly well done.
I hope to see more from this author and I recommend this work to others.