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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.
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.
Jeff Powell is an above average author of fiction working on the fourth, and as far as he is concerned final, book in his successful fantasy series. As tension and potential tragedy mount in his writing, Jeff looks forward to moving on to other projects. His current project will have none of that as Jeff awakens to find himself trapped in his creation. At least, these are the characters and locales he 'thinks' he created.
After getting to know the people he had told stories of in the flesh, Jeff begins to doubt his own sanity. Is he dreaming? Is this one big hallucination? Or is it possible that Jeff didn't create the world, he is merely telling and influencing a small part of it.
Time is running out for Jeff to fix the disasters he has forced upon the realm of Feldall as a mysterious force from Feldall's past is seeking to gain control of Jeff and the entire realm. Now Jeff must save his characters, himself, and the woman from his realm that he loves before it is too late.
If you like swords and sorcery fantasy you will find much to love about this book. It has all the classic elements, with the added twist of getting to see the Author interact with his characters. I highly recommend this book.