- File Size: 1934 KB
- Print Length: 411 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sand Hill Publishing (August 24, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 24, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01K5E62RA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Darkness Rising: Disciples of the Horned One Volume One (Soul Force Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The only problem to this book is that the MC needs to have more emotions. The secondary characters are more interesting and steal the scenes while the MC is busy doing the "Hero Thing." Still, the book was a quick read and the plot flowed along. Verdict: I will read the sequel(s).
Can we have more characterization for the females? Especially Princess Karrie. Holy cow was she an annoying, selfish, whiny, useless piece of garbage and her mother wasn't much better. Were we supposed to like this character? Royals are supposed to serve the people and do unselfish things for the populace if they are supposed to be 'good'. This girl did absolutely nothing except whine about having to marry one of the 'smelly, grabby noble boys' she hated and called arrogant all the while arrogantly forcing the main char towards marrying her against his desire. And she didn't lift a finger to help anyone or care about anyone other than herself for most of the three books. While she developed slightly by the end of book 3, she was pretty much a waste of space and didn't develop far enough for me to warm up to her. Only the sword demon, Lizzy, was decent. All the other women in our hero's life were mindlessly swooning over him without any development towards romance or reasons for why they wanted to bed him. And he wasn't that enthusiastic either which just put a damper on the whole thing. I kind of wish the author had just ignored the romance angle and stuck with the fantasy story.
Ok diatribe aside, the story was good. In this case I enjoyed reading the enemy side of the story and could sometimes sympathize with a few of the bad guys/gals which was a refreshing change from having the enemy be purely evil. I mean these guys were bad but they had personality and you could sympathize with their troubles even though you hope they lose. The story was well crafted and fairly well balanced out that even though the main character was powerful, the enemy was even more powerful. And the main enemy was intelligent and worked to the best of his ability rather than being dumbed down so he could just lose. I got the sense of danger with the cast of enemies and they did some diabolical things and killed a fair number of people. This is one of the better done enemy characterizations I've read in a while (ignoring Brent Weeks who crafted the perfect villain (or is he?)).
If this author could just write better female characters this would be a perfect five stars. Even with the female flaw, the story was enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good fantasy trilogy.
One odd thing was that the character of the hero seemed to suddenly change with no real explanation; as if the author had put his manuscript aside for a year and come back with a different feeling for his main character.
Look elsewhere if you want gritty realism.
quite a good mix of different personality types. Also reminds me of Poison Study, which is another favorite books.
Keep up the hard work. I just grabbed the book 2.
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