The Dragon Oracles: Four Book Epic Omnibus (The Eastern Kingdoms Omnibus 1) Kindle Edition
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Despite this, I can’t give this book five stars. There are many places where the story seems to drag, and scenes play out over pages and pages and pages that end up doing nothing to further the plot. (Spoiler) At the end, there is a big plot hole when the Toyan ships threatening the harbor somehow just never get mentioned again. Poof! They’re gone. What happened to them? (End Spoiler)
The author responded months ago (via comments) to some criticism regarding editing, and lack thereof. He stated that he could now afford professional editing (our sympathies — it IS pricey), and was having it done. And yet, the errors still remain. For example, one character has his name spelled either as Eidred or Eldred. Other characters are Breen/Bren, Suresh/Surash, and then we have the Eastern/Easter Isles. At one point we encounter a crenelationnn, and we also find out that the plural of trellis is spelled trellis’s. You get the idea. A competent friend or Beta reader could have found and fixed these problems at little or no cost to the author before the work was ever uploaded to Amazon. Errors such as these are very distracting to many readers, not just me.
I also struggled with some of the names, such as Toi’ifael vs Toi’ildrieg, and Kel’madden vs Kel’mai. And even with a map (hard to read in the Kindle version), I found it confusing that some places seemed to have more than one name. (It's sort of like expecting an uninformed visitor from outer space to instantly understand that the UK and Great Britain are the same nation.)
Despite these problems, I stuck with the book because the good parts are VERY good.
T.J. Garrett can only get better as time goes on. This omnibus set of stories is an impressive achievement.
I ceased to give Mr. Jordan my hard earned funds after nine books, when the copy / paste nature of his writing style became overwhelming. Readers deserve a value from the books they buy. TJ Garrett gave me product worth buying.
The stories provide plenty of adventure of varied sorts without the excess of gross violence that turns up too often in writing today. Neither did the series need blatant sex because the story line pulls you into the series and leads you all the way to the end. All three titles are needed to reach a satisfactory conclusion.
The author needed some friends to read the script before he published it--that would have caught the majority of mechanical mistakes. But don't let the mechanical flaws prevent you from an interesting read.