- File Size: 5112 KB
- Print Length: 745 pages
- Publisher: Dark Rover Publishing, LLC; 2 edition (December 28, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 28, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019YM2E62
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Free the Darkness (King's Dark Tidings Book 1) Kindle Edition
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However, during a dry season I decided to give it another chance, and after forcing my way through the beginning of the book, I realized that I was kind of in the wrong. You see, in my opinion, you need to view this book for what it is, and view the protagonist for what he is.
If you've ever heard about the AI and paperclip production thought experiment, then this is similar. If you haven't, make sure to look it up, and then the rest of this review will make more sense.
The protagonist of this book is someone who has been trained from birth to have the best possible chance of being able to take over the world, should that be necessary. To facilitate this, he's been taught a very thorough and strict set of rules that he uses as a guide for anything and everything. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, however, the last and most important rule he is taught is not as it was supposed to be. He ends up thinking the most important thing in the world is to protect and serve his friends. This confuses him a great deal, since he doesn't even understand what the word "friend" means, or how to get one. In fact, throughout all three books, he still thinks there's some person out there in the world who's simply responsible for "assigning" him friends.
Anyway: Imagine that the protagonist is kind of like the AI with the paperclips. He's just trying to maximize the chances of him being able to protect his friends. So what does he do? Well, he decides that since criminals that are not under his control could potentially harm his friends, he might as well simply take over the entire world's criminal underworld, just so that he can make sure his friends are protected. The protagonist is much like the AI: He's just trying to maximize the objective function. What better way to ensure that his friends are safe but to take control of anything that could harm them?
It's a really fun read, even though the protagonist is so overpowered, and in the later books it also turns out there are some more, well, mystical explanations for some of his power. If you're one of those people that, like me, try to hunt for those highly rated fantasy books in the hope that they will be on the same level as, say, Brent Weeks or some such, then I think this book would definitely be for you. Just make sure you understand the protagonist for what he is.
Not because the plot is complicated or anything like that (It's really, really not), but because objectively I should hate it, yet I kind of like it despite its huge, glaring flaws.
1. The protagonist is the One True Mary Sue. I mean, quite seriously the most blatant, outrageously clear Mary Sue I've ever seen in my life. He's explicitly better at everything in the world than everyone. He's a 19 year old but he's capable of killing 15 people who are considered masters of their fighting styles *at once*, without taking even a flesh wound in the process. He's a master of every craft and trade, knows everything about everything, etc. And quite literally *every* female character in the series falls in love with him at first sight. Again I'm not kidding or exaggerating, there are zero female characters who *aren't* trying to convince him to sleep with them.
It's so severe we should probably rename the "Mary Sue" trope "Rezkin" in honor of this character's Sue-ness.
2. It's written in Third Person Omniscient. In the most obnoxious way possible: The narration provides you with the thoughts, feelings, and impressions of multiple characters in the same scene. We're not talking George R. R. Martin hopping between PoV characters from chapter to chapter, we're talking about just giving you everyone's inner thoughts with no transitions at all, sometimes within the same *paragraph*. To be clear, this is a *bad thing*. Please, if you're an aspiring author, never ever do this. Ever.
It's particularly bad in this case, because the protagonist is an Outsider, raised in seclusion; his understanding of human interaction is theoretical, and he finds things somewhat confusing. But the impact of this is lost, because when people don't act the way he expects, we're *immediately* treated to what that person is thinking, instead of being left in the protagonist's shoes. It robs the story of emotional impact, and it's *entirely* unsuited to the somewhat intriguing premise of the books.
3. Rampant grammatical errors. Frequent use of incorrect homophones, incorrect idioms (That's a pet peeve of mine, like when people say "For all intensive purposes" instead of "For all intents and purposes". The author didn't make that slip-up, and I can't recall specific examples from this now, but he made a *lot* of those kind of errors, enough that it was making me twitch a bit).
And yet, despite all those things, which would normally have me throwing a book against the wall and never picking it up again... I kind of like this series. I have no idea *why*, and by any reasonable measure I should consider it awful. But I had fun reading it anyway.
So I am giving this three stars, and feeling guilty about it, because objectively it's two-star material.
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I used Audible to listen to the first couple of books within this series.Read more