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Elemental: Destiny's Embers Paperback – August 24, 2010
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I think I've played a few turns of the game (years ago), but it didn't grab me. If I have played it, nothing from that experience carried into the book.
My take is that this is a competent freshman effort from Wardell. It is a little clunky at times, to be sure, though not to where I had trouble following what was going on. It starts off feeling very generic, too. You've got demons and demigods and a special stable boy hero and his special princess, and so on. An invading army captures the keep they're in, and they must quest to find an artifact that can stop the villainous demigod.
But for a 500+ page book, it actually goes by pretty fast and pretty smooth. There are a couple of issues that speculative fiction writers must deal with, and I liked some of approaches Wardell used, and others less so. It can be disastrous, for example, to write dialogue in a pseudo-medieval cant ("Dost thou wisheth to pass?"), and Wardell keeps things contemporary. But at the same time, you can end up feeling too modern, a little too casual.
The writing is serviceable. It doesn't really stand out but it gets the job done. At one point, I came to a crashing halt when one of the characters says "The prodigal son returns!" This is a cliché, of course, which ain't great.Read more ›
I bought this book, not as a tie-in to the game, but because I am a curious and somewhat new reader to the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre of books. Therefore, it was with an open mind that I decided to read Elemental: Destiny's Embers. Imagine my surprise when I found the style of reading easy to follow, the characters engaging, and the plot just complex enough to enjoy without feeling like I needed a glossary of terms beside my bed (Neal Stephenson, take note).
My only criticism with Elemental: Destiny's Embers is that it was clearly written to be part of a series - three, maybe four books? - and although I have searched the internet ether exhaustively, it appears that there MAY NOT BE a sequel or series in the works. Why? Imagine Harry Potter ending after the Sorcerer's Stone, or Hunger Games stopping after, well, the Hunger Games. Or Ender's Game...hold on - that series SHOULD have been nixed after Ender's Game (Mr. Card, shame on you).
So, with that said: Mr. Wardell - please get off of your $%*& and finish the series.
And finally - does anyone other than me want to get their hands (and teeth) on a calivar?
In the past I have had to write, for work presentations and my kids' holiday events at the school. I struggle to put two words together, never mind the tens of thousands here. I know I couldn't do it. I couldn't write a book.
The difference between smart men and great men is often measured by their recognition of what they can and can not do. Some smart men grind themselves into obscurity by heaving, futilely, against an insurmountable weight. While great men tackle an easier subject that they know they can conquer.
Brad Wardell has not conquered writing, but it's possible he will! I just don't know why he would bother when he's already a multi-millionaire from his computer business, and quite an arrogant one from time to time.
The story we get here is familiar. It is cookie-cutter familiar. That's not bad, of itself, but it flags a recurring problem.
There isn't a single original idea in the whole piece. If I was thirteen again, my head full of ideas for the most awesome fantasy story ever, I would not have written this tale, because it has been told so many times before.
I didn't hate it, but there is nothing which would ever make me come back to re-vist it. One character, and you know which it is, almost made me add a star above.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a book you would ever want to buy even for the free DLC code. As others have shown, Mr Wardell makes a mockery of the English language. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Brendan
I will make this short and sweet. The game was awful and the book is awful. I own the game and wish I had waited on the reviews. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by F. CROMER
To be honest I bought Elemental: Destiny's Embers solely because of the game tie-in. I really like the game so I figured why not get the book. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by Craig Gibbens
I bought this book primarily for the code it includes to add content to the PC fantasy game whose world setting and history it shares. Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by TonyD
Elemental: Destiny's Embers tells the story of two young adventurers. Two orphans with very different upbringings struggle to try to do what they think is right. Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by Dennis Trowley