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Defender (The Sanctuary Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B0057OAXQ0
- Publisher : Ostiagard Press (January 2, 2014)
- Publication date : January 2, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3615 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 269 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,717 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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During the course of that growth the world, the characters, and my love for the series has also grown. It starts out like a typical early 00's MMORPG and grows in depth and subtly with each passing book. I urge you give this series a chance and I hope by book 3 you'll have grown to love it as much I as do.
Book 1: Boring, predictable, mediocre fantasy novel. The first half is particularly bad. 2 of 5 stars
Book 2: Slightly better. The world begins to expand a little in this novel and the characters become a little more 3 dimensional. 3 of 5 stars
Book 3: The world opens up, the main characters begin to have a real voice, and you feel the actual stakes at play within this universe. Most importantly the author finds how to incorporate his trademark snark and sarcasm into these relationships. 4 of 5 stars
Book 4: The series asks questions that involve real more complexity including dealing with death, responsibility for our actions, and the importance of trust in relationships. 4 of 5
Book 4.5 Provides more color and complexity for one of the best characters in the series. 5 of 5
Book 5: I'm hooked. Can't wait to see the path that this story finally takes us down. 5 of 5
Book 5.5 More backstory, more complexity, just wonderful. This is basically Ender's Shadow to book 5's Enders Game. 5 of 5.
What I will say is this - the actual reason a tabletop role playing game is ever fun, is the character development ; the visceral pleasure you gain from guiding your unique character (informed by your rich and detailed back story) from lowly noob who can barely swing a sword, to once-in-a-lifetime hero who shapes the world. Along the way, having many adventures, for many different reasons.
This has none of that. Mr. Crane's characters spring fully formed like flat, featureless cardboard cutouts, consisting of little more than a name, a (dnd trope) race, and virtually no history or motivation aside from "gaining loot".
No, that is neither mistype nor exaggeration. The central motivation of every character in this book is ... gaining loot.
From the very first chapter, the characters in this book are cowing dragons with single sword strokes, routinely using mass teleport spells to escape certain death, and stacking up slain comrades like cordwood so they can be "brought back" by resurrection spells. The characters start fully-formed at epic levels. Characters die and are brought back to life with little drama or impact, and the few "real" deaths experienced are so obviously setups ("red shirts", if you may) that they leave no lasting memory, and are never truly mourned.
In one of the "deepest" backstory moments in the book, one character presents his dreams for the future - to assemble his ultimate sword by getting the pommel (held by baddie x in location x), the blade (held by baddie y in location y), and the guard (held by baddie z in location z). NO backstory on how this lowly trainee got all this information. Just a laundry list of locations and baddies he has to kill to get the loot. He keeps the list on a tattered folded parchment, next to his heart.
Yes, it is - actually - that cringeworthy.
Spoiler alert. Yes, he eventually gets the loot.
So stay away, unless this is your kind of thing.
Top reviews from other countries
The land of Arkaria holds cities of dwarves, elves, humans, trolls, dragons, gnomes, dark elves,gods and their treasures. Within these cities are guilds- groups of adventurers who target the cities treasures and steal these for the good of the guild ( to build the guild up to a more powerful association for its members).Each guild also seems to have an underlying reason for existence.
Book one introduces us to Cyrus Davidon a warrior, who after failing to get his own guild (Kings of Reikonos) to any standing joins a larger more powerful guild Sanctuary. The leader of Sanctuary believes in honour and therefore has other reasons for the guild other than adventuring ( he thinks this is a means to an end).
The story develops through his first few years in Sanctuary and is full of action, betrayal, and longing...
A very good read.
The Girl in the Box kept me hooked and I am now waiting for the last two books in the series to come out.
As I had found those books to be most enjoyable, I thought that I would give Robert Crane's other series a go.
A previous reviewer mentioned that this book feels like a Dungeons and Dragons manual and I agree there is something to be said for the accuracy of that comment. I found this book quite tedious and difficult to get into. There was a very palpable feeling of let down and I found myself wishing that I could return to Sienna and the Girl in the Box.
And yet...there was just something enough to keep me going and then to purchase the next book and then again the next one after that.
Each book is better than the last and I can now say that I am enjoying the Sanctuary series.
In summary, you may find this book a bit of a struggle to read, but rest assured that if you persevere the next books do turn out much better to read. Unfortunately, they do need this book to set the story up, but in fact the pay off is quite acceptable.
It flowed easily with likeable characters and an interesting plotline. It didn't break any of the cardinal rules for myself (i.e. it didn't include overly graphic violence or sex scenes nor was it filled with swearing).
Seamless and enjoyable.
In fact this is a well written and gripping book. The story is told from the point of view of a warrior in a D&D style world. There is nothing wrong with starting from a world with that cast of characters. It is a world that most fantasy readers will know well as most fantasy books seem to include a subset of the same races/abilities/classes. It made a change for an author to be refreshingly honest about his influences and it made me smile when the character was first brought back to life.
The story is well worked. There are a number of sub plots, some of which reach fruition within this book and others that are left hanging. Unlike most of the starts to series that I have read for free on my kindle I will purchase the next book (which will be only my second purchase since getting the kindle at christmas - 30+ books reviewed so far).
There is enough to this story and this world that I want to go back into it.