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Everwinter (The Wrath of the Northmen Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00A9D0HMO
- Publication date : November 17, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 2373 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 465 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,228 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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From there we go to the city of Ral Tora, the city of the engineers, and spend half the book there. Most of this is setup, and if it were not clear that this is the first book in a series, it might be too long a stay. We spend most of our time with Bram Thornley, a young engineer, and are introduced to the world through his eyes. As he is exposed to the events in the novel, we slowly see that there is more to the world than he imagined, such as fantastical creatures like the sea serpent "tashen" and the giant sea-otter "dolarchu". Beyond these there is clearly "magic" at work, and we share Bram's confusion as he tries to make sense of it all...and not get killed in the process.
The pace picks up substantially in the second half of the book as we travel to the religious city of Chellin. Yet once we get there, the pace accelerates to a climax that feels almost rushed. The reader is swept along for the ride with the protagonists through several fights and chases that happen so fast it is almost difficult to picture just what is going on. The city of Chellin itself is described in good detail, but there are few detailed descriptions of the combatants to give a mental image to the reader. For example, we know that the "Panthers", a regiment of elite warriors, wear uniforms and fight with swords, and while fighting they "jump and spin and kick." But that's it. As a reader I wanted to know more about them: what do their uniforms look like? Do they wear armor? What kind? Do they only use swords, or other weapons as well? By the "jumping/spinning/kicking" description we get an idea that they practice some form of unarmed combat as well, but the description provided barely scratches the surface. The Panthers are but one example, and the lack of detailed descriptions throughout the novel was frustrating. Perhaps the author has a well-defined mental image of these things, but as a reader I was left to come up with my own interpretation.
Throughout the book there are anachronistic words that did feel jarring (as mentioned by another reviewer), but in retrospect there are few descriptions that pin down the story into any particular time period. Most readers expect fantasy to be in a somewhat medieval/renaissance time period, but after spending so much time in Ral Tora, I began to feel like it was more steampunk/victorian than medieval, simply because of all the engineering associated with it. Once we travel to Chellin the book takes on a more classical feel to it with the intrigue in the Chellin senate. Even so, some of the word choices do seem out of place for this kind of book. That said, the novel has been copy-edited well and it is not filled with the spelling errors and typos that I have seen in many other ebooks.
The story talks primarily about three cities: Ral Tora, Chellin, and Variss. Yet contact between these cities is apparently rare--there are multiple mentions that no one from each city has contacted each other for years at a time, so they seem like they must be like isolated islands in a sea of empty wilderness. Some exposition as to why they do not contact each other would be helpful, or perhaps the inclusion of a map would help to put it in context. I realize that this is an ebook, and sometimes maps don't work well in that medium, but perhaps a link to one on the author's website would be helpful to further engage the reader.
All in all Everwinter was a good read, and I feel that the author has opened a door for us to see into her world--but she needs to show us more of it, and in greater detail, for it to truly shine. Future books in the series will have the opportunity to do this.
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After reading about 25% of the book I started skimming, then skipping, pages; a sure sign that none of the characters felt real and I was just curious to see where the plot was going. Also, I was finding the pace slow, with little action that did more than attempt to make us aware of the two main protagonists, Bram and Falen, young engineers. The former gets most of the attention and Falen, his female colleague has little to do for most of the book.
I actually read the last 10% of the book, to see what happened rather than any interest in the characters, and because there was finally some action.
The book ends with Bram, Falen and others moving on to the next part of their adventure and I couldn’t care less what happens to them.
I hope it's not too long before the next book. Well written and well done Elizabeth Baxter