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Drynn (Last of the Shardyn, #1) by [Vera, Steve]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 764 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (February 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9V2X14
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My husband just finished reading this book. He would not shut up about it. I kept on rolling my eyes and finally gave in to his nagging.
My god am I pleased with it so far. I'm about 70% done with it and am thinking of a sequel already.
This guy is on par with a john Saul and could possibly be the next Stephen king.
Wow
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"Drynn" was an enjoyable story that kept me turning the pages. The story line is inventive enough to keep you guessing and the action is exciting enough to keep you reading quickly. It is worth reading and I would probably buy the next kindle book in the series if it is $5 or under.

I knocked it down a star for some editing issues and character issues.

First, I am no editor, so the typo problems are very obvious and need to be fixed. Words are missing in some sentences, the wrong word is used, and I came across a few sentences so garbled I had to stop and try to figure out what the author was attempting to say. When typos stop you and pull you out of the story, then you have issues. Mistakes are to be expected, writing is a messy process... just this book could use one more final clean-up editing.

Second, the character of "The Skipster" drives me nuts. He is boarish, not clever or impressive. His third person thinking about himself and how awesome he is at everything is just annoying. Who cares? I was so disappointed he made it through the book alive, frankly. And now it looks like he would be in the next book too. Not sure I want to read about "The Skipster" anymore. I can see that maybe Skip is meant to be a bit of a foil to Gavin's over-humble sniveling, but it is a little too much sometimes.

Plus, I was so bothered that a big part of the story was Donovan and his tracking of Deos in anger and vengeance waiting for his chance to strike at "The Whisperer"... and then he just lurks in the dark and does nothing??? It almost ruined the whole end scene for me as I keep wondering "where i the hell is Donovan?".

But now I am on a hook...
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Pacing was good and I liked the characters. Engaging read from start to finish, mythology, another world, action and it may fall as a dark fantasy. The only part I didn't like as much was how Skip falls into the background of the story a little bit, now to wait and see how everything develops in the next book.
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I enjoyed this book. I found the pace to be absorbing and had trouble putting the thing down once I got started. The writing is generally good IMO, although it was not always easy to follow the changes in point of view. This could be fixed with better signals when point of view changes. Also, some of the character dialog was unrealistic and too cocky.

The biggest problem for me was the severe need for editing/proofreading. I am always surprised when a commercial piece of literature contains simple typos like repeated, missing, or extra words. There were also a couple of continuity errors that a good editor would have caught. I would not bring up these errors, but there were just a few too many to overlook, and they stopped the flow of the story for me.

Bottom line, I would recommend this book if you like fantasy, dragons, and sword fights, but the book could be much better with good editing.
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Wow! Fantastic writing: great vocabulary; dynamic, memorable, and engaging characters; suspenseful and page-turning plot; cool settings with mood and great imagery; snappy dialog; and superb rendering of a climactic battle scene. Well-done!

I don't usually like horror/urban/fantasy blends, but this story is one to suck you in with teeth, claws, and a relentless grip on your imagination. A few minor errors in the writing, point-of-view shifts that are unclear, and some secondary/tertiary characters from Rolling Creek disappear without further mention, but the book is highly readable. I definitely recommend it for teens and adults who like swords, magic, monsters, shoot-outs, and smart-a$$es.
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At first it started off a little wierd and I almost moved on to another book. I gave it 4 more pages and HOLLY WOW!!!! I'm so Glad I stayed with it!
The story fell into place and then set the hook in me! It turns out I couldn't put the danm book down. Now I can't wait until the next one in the series comes out!
This story is not your typicall Fantasy story. It takes place in our time and place but brings the "cross over world" to you. Mr. Vera did an Outstanding way of building his 2 worlds up! How he explained his ideas of how Magic "works" was quite refreshing. I personnely thought this was a way a Professor would lay out the "rules of Magic" of I was sitting in his class room.

Oh, and Mr. Vera, You need to get the next one out Real Soon...... Please!
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This review is lowered not because of the quality of the story - which is fine - but rather due to the inexcusably poor job by the publishing house (Carina Press) to provide even basic copyediting. I have never read a book released by an actual publishing house that is so riddled with typos and other errors (AXEL Rose? Bob SEGAR? Really?). Plus, the author would've been served by having someone rein in some of his overly-cheesy passages (i.e. something being broken into "a ba-jillion pieces!"). And, as a bonus, there is a laughably bad sex scene near the beginning that reads like a parody of a romance novel (the character gets excited "as if he just found a beer behind the milk in the fridge" - huh????). Still, it was free from Amazon so I can't complain too much. I'd be interested in reading the next installment, but not if it's as poorly put together as this one.
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