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Top Customer Reviews
The book starts off slow. Not so much as "lacking action," but it is wordy, even during the action scenes. I came very close to giving up on it since it took so long to get going (about 1/4 of the way in).
Even once the story picks up and gets good, the author tends to drag out the scenes longer than they need to be. There is almost always something going on, but it takes forever to get there much of the time. Once the action gets going, it's great. But then the story slows down again.
The characters are well done, and I feel like I really got a feel for them. However, it seems like there is nothing they cannot do, which is how I came up with the title of this review. You know how to hero of an action movie always has the right solution to any problem and can always pull it off without too big of a hitch? That is what happens in this book. No matter what happens to the dwarves, hitting it with a pointy stick (sometimes a magic-infused pointy stick) is always the answer. And they can hit anything, anytime, anywhere. They get hurt, but they always get back up again. I am not saying I think the book would be better if one of them died (I don't). I just feel like some suspense was gone when you realize that the main characters are each a path of destruction.
Overall, I liked the book once it got going, but feel like it could have been shorter and the main characters needed some kind of flaw.
[Some (very minor) spoilers may be included in this review....]
I picked up this title for the kindle when it was offered for free.
I honestly considered giving up after the first couple chapters. "Well-written" does not quite describe the style. The basic story-line is, however, great. Since it was so short, I decided to continue on - and am glad I did, in the end.
I wished at times for more detail and description. Many parts just get passed over in order to move on to the next action scene (i.e. a longer description of the humility and despair at being captured by slavers would have made an escape even more dramatic).
Many relationships are formed very quickly with unbelievable amounts of trust (i.e., having just met others of a different race provides immediate promotion to battle commander?!)
Lastly, while I was often caught up in the story, dialogue was often very cumbersome and distracting.
Overall, I enjoyed the time I spent in this fantasy world, but wish a bit more polish was given to the finished product.
+Well paced/fast read
+Interesting fantasy world
+Formatting looked good on my phone
-Female characters lacking
Overall: I am only beginning to read author-published books on amazon, but this has certainly been the best I've come across. It is a quick read, the themes aren't complex, but they are well developed and it has some memorable characters and settings. I can honestly say this is the only author-published book I have both finished and felt was easily worth 3 bucks and my time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't put this work down...these characters get into more mischief then many four books combined. You won't be disappointed. Thanks for the journey!Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Not a genre I would usually pick up, but it was a light, engaging read. The pacing was a bit strange in places, and I could have definitely used female characters who were more... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kasey
Despite a few typos, this was an engrossing story from start to finish. Read it in two days! I hope there is a sequel!Published on May 10, 2014 by Deanne Adams
Exciting, funny n hopeful. This book shows you what true friendship is about. Loved the places they went to n the gallantry. A page turner n adults plus teens will enjoy this book.Published on March 25, 2014 by Rose
A real entertaining read. Well written and great development. Can not wait to read some more by Kendall Karch. Try it.Published on December 12, 2012 by Ryan McCahill
Fools Errand is a light hearted adventure. Not an epic, but a thoroughly fun read. Well told. I look forward to more of your books.Published on December 7, 2012 by Craig Leith
Well paced with a lot of action. Raise your ale to the dwarves and rejoice in their success. I would read more from this author.Published on October 18, 2012 by Sentient sword