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- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Shadow Alley Press; 1 edition (July 28, 2020)
- Publication Date: July 28, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B08C29BR62
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Elements (Silver Coin Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Sweet Sorrow" by David Nicholls
"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."—Booklist Learn more
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I love an underdog story, so the two main characters come from a rural setting, their entire village having been wiped out by corrupted monsters, and instead of claiming victim status, they decide they need to work much harder than the rest of the students, to make sure they succeed. As long as the story held up and the characters were relatable, that guaranteed this would be an instant winner in my opinion. I normally burn through books at a maniacal pace. But when I get a really good story, it causes me to read more slowly, and savor each page as the tale unfolds. I make new friends, feel the feels, go new places and prepare myself for the worst as I hope for the best, as the author works their magic. This was such a book.
Why? The author failed to make an emotional connection with his characters. There isn't a reason to care. The main character is as unlikable as his personality is undefinable. There aren't any normal conversations between characters. There is only emotional propping of the main character. None of the characters are any good. I learned their motivations, but not who they are.
This is an emotionally based book. Everything is based around it. Yet it fell flat because it failed to bond the reader to the characters. In doing their best to fit into a normally tight category of fiction with a writing style much better suited for romances and epic fantasy, it just didn't mesh.
There are LARGE portions of the story that didn't mean anything and could have been cut. There are large gaps in the logic of the world, "magic system" and in character building.
The antagonists were the worst cliches of any genre. The ending was as bad as you fear.
In short, three stars because I still read it all the way through and it was still edited very well. I'd encourage the author to either switch genres in the future, or to work a lot harder at creating reasons why we should like your characters. Have them save babies, charm ladies and make the bad guys go crazies.