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- Print Length: 236 pages
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- Publisher: Worlds Away Press (December 10, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 10, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006KJHXLE
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story dragged just a tiny bit here and there and some things could have been better explained, perhaps, but then in another world, does everything really HAVE to be explained? I think we can just take it as being part of the fantasy.
I don't think many people would be disappointed in this book.
With his help and the help of other loyal Empire soldiers, they discover a betrayal that cuts deep into the vast realm of Ronne's people. Along with the aid of new magics they discover, they work to fight the evil that invades the land.
I'm always a bit reserved when I start books that I got for free.* I quickly lost all reservations after the first two or three chapters. Chase's writing style is easy to lose yourself in.
She also has a masterful way of seamlessly switching between the perspectives of Ronne and Erith. I don't know many writers who can do that without making me dizzy.
The adventure is fast-paced without leaving you breathless. There's an easy flow to the adventure that you fall into rhythm with. It's engrossing and hard to put down. Yet not so intense that you need to take a deep breath and step away from every now and then.
Her characters are nicely developed and I found myself really responding to Erith. He was a fish out of water and I'm sure we've all felt like that at some point or another. For me, he was the easiest to relate to.
The cultures she wove into her world were fascinating and reminded me of several here in our world. Enough so, that I kept trying to see the correlation and the differences. She didn't fully flesh all of them out though. She gave just enough for you to get the feel for them and for me, that was enough.
It was a well-rounded story and it made me wish this was the beginning of a series.
*It's no longer listed as free but I think it's well worth the price!
However... when I reached the tale's end, there were still a LOT of unanswered questions: How come they didn't use all of the magic items they were given? How could a single bad guy - even one with a huge army & magic - destroy such a long established empire when our heroes were able to prevail? How did the blind girl help? If custom and social strictures are so important that she accepted virtual exile at the beginning,how come it was okay to ignore them at the story's end? The main characters' story seemed complete, it simply left a lot of loose ends.
I checked to see if I had inadvertently chosen part of a trilogy that would fill in the missing pieces for me. I can only hope that there will be more tales in this setting that will answer my lingering questions.
I liked this novel particularly the author's ability to show how ridiculous bias is just because someone is different. The heroine, Ronne, finds she needs friends and allies from various cultures in order to save the remainder of the kingdom. Watching other characters in the story get over their bias was interesting.
I do have a few complaints and that is the author's explanation of a culture's way of doing this is a bit convoluted. I at times found myself saying, "huh" but it wasn't enough to cause me to put the book down. Also, the little section where the story is being told from the perspective of the snow tiger was a bit dumb. I think the author should do a novella to better explain the snow tiger as the excerpt in the book did not work. Overall, I give this book a 3.5 that is rounded to four.