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About the Author
- ASIN : B00I7BU09A
- Publisher : Raven's Quill Press; 1st edition (January 28, 2014)
- Publication date : January 28, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 6845 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,919 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I guess I'll start with the ending. It wasn't an ending. It was kind of like the author had created a villain so powerful he couldn't be defeated, so instead of coming up with a valid way for the protagonists to defeat him she just wrote him out of the story? I don't know! I can't tell you because she didn't tell me! It's ridiculous! Maybe I'm supposed to buy the second book to find out. I don't really want to.
On to the characters: I wanted to like them. I wanted so badly to like them. They weren't unlikeable or anything, they just weren't memorable. There was lots of ridiculous posturing which I kind of hate. There wasn't much character growth. I think Siobhan had the most and she's an incredibly minor character. Maybe even the sisters, the sisters were cool.
Overall I think the author got caught up in building her world and forgot about the plot. It was like "Ooh, I'll add a dragon! And Zombies! And super bad cyborg bears and panthers! And let's borrow a page from GRRM and kill them all! Evil sorcerers! Twisty turny keeps! Romance!" It was just too much. This was an assault on my senses. Nothing about the way the world is told to you feels organic. It's not subtle world building, it's smack you with a sack of bricks look at this! World building. And to reiterate my original point, it didn't lead to a whole lot of anything. There are still some plot points that have yet to be tied up, like they were just forgotten. (I'm pretty sure they were.)
I gave it 3 stars because I did manage to read through to the end- it took me a lot longer than usual. I think I ate up another Saxon Story while I was reading this. I think the idea was cool- what happens when an author gets stuck in their own story? Or what if writers aren't writers but narrators to/of other worlds? And it was mostly well-edited, and I think I picked it up for free on the kindle store, but I don't know if I'll continue on with the series. I am curious to know what all actually happened, but I'm now wary of buying the second book and being sold the same non ending.
Oh, and I want Talfyr as a pet. He was pretty cool.
However, there were a few things that caused me to only give this 3 stars.
1. I felt that the villain wasn't fleshed out very well. Yes, he had a back story, but he felt too generic.
2. For most of the first 1/2 of the book, the cursing was pretty tame. Then all of a sudden, it changed. It almost felt like from that point forward, I was reading a draft that was different from the beginning. And it wasn't just the cursing that made the story feel that way.
3. The ending was anticlimactic. I found myself looking for more and then being very disappointed that that was it.
Otherwise, I liked the novel and will be diving into book 2.
The mostly sedentary writer has to make his way in a world where you need to fight all the time just to survive. Everybody is pressuring him to make the story come out a certain way. Magic is real and it is used to do some pretty horrific things.
At the end he also has to deal with his issues in the real (?) world. This is a very good read.
Top reviews from other countries
Sounds like an interesting premise doesn’t it! It’s a shame that it didn’t quite hit the mark.
There was far too much going on in this. Zombies, a dragon, sorcery – it seemed to have it all, yet nothing felt like it worked together. Female characters were all poorly characterised and described in an overly sexual manner, which is a shame but sadly a common theme in these sort of books. I did find the pacing to be good though as no parts seemed particularly dry or felt like they were dragging.
Overall I thought the premise was good but poorly executed. Characters need more substance and less description of their cleavages.
It's something that most writers and a lot of readers have probably thought about at sometime: what would it be like to actually step into that world? The author (the real one, not the book one!) does a pretty good job of considering some of the complications and issues arising from such a situation.
The writing flows well, the plot is straightforward, the characters are clearly drawn if not particularly deep. There are a few minor problems - at one point the dragon's cry is described as both shriller and deeper: I didn't think that they could be both at once! And another passage features a crossbow that appears to have the same rate of fire as an automatic rifle!
That aside, an enjoyable read.
A mixture of great world-building and excellent characters ensure nothing does go wrong with it. In fact, the whole thing worked smoother than I thought possible. Not only does Krista make the fictional realm of Andvell appealing and interesting, she also makes the boring, everyday life of Jeff Powell (the fictional author in Evensong) intriguing as well.
The cast of characters are well fleshed out and, as a nice touch that I did not see coming, have their own lives, histories and aspirations that their creator (Jeff) had not wrote nor even thought about. Thought of as a saviour for their problems, Jeff soon shows how useless he is at the sort of things the Andvellians would consider an everyday task. After a cold reception, Jeff finds the characters he created start to thaw out towards him and he begins to form friendships with these fictional people that are stronger than any he has in the ‘real’ world.
From start to finish Evensong has you burning with desire to see what happens next. Whether it be a battle scene or a simple conversation you are always curious. The unique ‘author goes into story’ plot line helps to give the reader a deeper connection to the characters and also serves to ask that question: what happens when you close the pages of a book? Do the characters just stop what they’re doing or do they continue to live lives of their own? In Evensong they most certainly continue to live lives of their own and have you constantly wondering just how your favourite characters from other books would spend their time if they had the chance.
If there was one negative thing to say about Evensong it would be that, at times, the language used doesn’t feel very authentic. It feels too modern and Americanised (which I should probably apologise for saying considering the author is Canadian). Where you expect a fantasy style you often get the sort of conversation or slang you might find in American TV shows. It’s not a huge drawback, but for me it was noticeable.
The writing, whilst left simple, had a way of progressing the story in a way that didn't feel forced at all.
In terms of plot, I thought it was well thought-out, but with a slightly lacklustre ending. The villain, as well, didn't seem to ever reach his full potential - it felt like he should've had a final scene at the end of the book (maybe has a more important role to play in the sequels?).
The rest of the characters themselves were fun and quirky. Perhaps a little more modern in terms of speech and action than you would expect of a fantasy land, they were nevertheless unique in their individual voices.
In short: well worth a read, especially as it's currently free!
Aiming to pick up the next in the series when I get a chance.
The fictional author, Jeff, was a hugely sympathetic character for me. I was rooting for him all the way and felt indignant on his behalf when some of the other characters from his fictional world treated him less than sympathetically. But as the story unfolded, even the frostier characters warmed to him as he began to prove his worth.
There were many other vivid characters in this novel and I particularly liked the way the author has created some strong female characters - especially Jasmine and Maggie. They were not unrealistically strong though and did have their weaknesses. I thought the author portrayed them well, particularly the way Jasmine begins to thaw towards Jeff as the story progresses which I thought was true to life.
The world that the author has created has obviously been meticulously planned and thought out, with a whole back story to the situation it was in when Jeff first arrived. This made it very vivid and real to me.
I don't read a lot of fantasy, but I would say that this story would be accessible to anyone who likes a gripping, exciting and fun read.