- File Size: 1006 KB
- Print Length: 263 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: SubtleDemon Publishing; 1 edition (March 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J8O7FLQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Finder: First Ordinance, Book One Kindle Edition
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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"A dying world.
"A girl never meant to be sentient."
This is the book description. None of that is actually stated in the book, though the second one is probably true. The first and third are not even hinted at. The person on the cover of the book, who appears to be a dryad, does not show up either.
So, what's actually in the book? The entire book is a series of quick cuts. We get first-person narration from a slave nicknamed Finder. She is amazingly beautiful, can mysteriously read and speak any language, can [multitude of Mary-Sue powers redacted to avoid spoilers], and is tragically mistreated by everyone she meets. She is also an utter doormat. A typical scene with her is someone telling her to do something, which she then does, and then someone hits her and she has to go to the doctor again (she goes through maybe 3 acres of bandages in the book). We also get quick third-person scenes from characters in three countries as they scheme about Finder and each other. Scenes are conveyed almost exclusively through dialogue, with basically no description of the scene or the people. The characters talk endlessly about Finder, and the scenes flip back and forth through time and space with only the character names to help you place them. Interesting things fail to happen.
Bottom line: this is not a complete story. This is a book almost entirely about introducing characters to star in the sequel, and the characters failed to engage. The cast was headed by the obnoxiously perfect heroine, and of the rest, not one character has an arc or even much of a description. The heroine does not get an arc either; the closest we get to character growth is the fact that by the end of the book, the heroine thinks she might start thinking about standing up for herself one day, but she has not yet gotten around to it. The plot is driven, not by the world-shattering events in the description, but by a series of evil powerful women (and the occasional man) who beat the heroine and send her to her next set piece. I would skip this this one, if I were you.
I don't think I'll ever read another book by her sadly as this has left a bad taste in my mouth.
This story was very disjointed and all over the place and REALLY hard to follow. It cannot stand on its own by any means. Way too many characters with too similar names, which made it very confusing. Don't read it unless you have all the books in hand or it will irritate you also. I was just starting to get the hang of what the heck was going on, when suddenly, it just ended. I literally said to myself "wtf?" and checked to make sure I wasn't missing pages. The ending was so abrupt that it ticked me off, rather than making me want to find the next book to read. Almost like "we were standing there watching the boat go down in flames, when suddenly......" The end.
nothing to do with the story although it may in the many sequels that follow and therein lies the rub.......I can understand
Finder being a doormat for much of her life. I may not agree with it but at the time she lives in that is her station even
though the men in her early life are boors or just plain stupid. Finder has many gifts if one wishes to look for them and
beyond who the majority of the ruling class think she is - a mere kitchen wrench
Now here comes the kicker the reader is introduced -BAM- to a few different worlds, different people, Finder may not be
who she is and there are multiple plots all over. Too much too fast and way too underdeveloped but then I realized that
this is just the first book. I am tired of reading half baked books who hold out teasers so you will get the next book. Sorry
Finder you are on your own.