- File Size: 3751 KB
- Print Length: 277 pages
- Publisher: (Un)DeadPixel Publications (July 14, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HEFLRQY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,109,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Golden Princess (Chronicles of Fu Xi Book 0) Kindle Edition
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While I appreciated the grim intensity of the story, it suffers from the fact that the ending is a foregone conclusion, at least for me, having read the other books. It is, however, an excellent entry point into the series, a fast-paced fantasy set in the ancient world.
Keep writing ,Brian, it's what you're meant to do.
It’s a pretty good story, with incredibly compelling characters. The blurb is a bit of a misnomer, though. It’s not just Sarah’s story. The POV shifts between her, her brother, some slave owners, Sarah’s mom. It’s all over the place but it comes together cohesively. The story doesn’t come off scattered and it provides different perspectives of the same event that helps with the setting a little more.
But I’m really grasping at straws when it comes to the world. It just was’t fleshed out enough for me. I’m a big Michelle Moran fan, if that gives you any indication of what I expect with my historical fiction. I also just read WRITTEN IN THE ASHES by Kaia Van Zandt, who writes along the same lines as Moran. Incredibly detailed, making the world pop off the page. I’m a world whore anyway. I like my worlds to be their own characters. But doubly so for historical fiction. That wasn’t the case with THE GOLDEN PRINCESS and it really dampened its overall effect for me. I don’t feel like it watered down the story, but it certainly didn’t shine like it could have with the development of Sarah and Ezra’s surroundings. There was a little, but not nearly enough.
The editing wasn’t spectacular either. I’ve seen far worse but what really stood out was multiple instances of using ‘peak’ when it’s supposed to be ‘peek’ (serious pet peeve on that one and it happened A LOT) and inconsistent pluraling using apostrophes. Really glaring on those. And I wasn’t a fan of the phonetic street talk that the urchins had. Really slowed down pacing for me.
The ending is a major issue and I really hate it when books do this. The plot is not resolved at the end. THE GOLDEN PRINCESS is part one. If you want to find out what happens you need to read the next book. I need some resolution in an ending, even if it’s just one thread (and the major one). Nothing. Everything’s in upheaval, shenanigans ensue. Read the next book for more. No. I can’t.
I think THE GOLDEN PRINCESS could have been really good. The plot was definitely captivating and the characters were well developed and went through some great growth throughout the story. But there wasn’t enough world and the story didn’t actually end. It’s a short book. My digital copy came out to just over 200 pages. There was plenty of breathing room there to give the world more flesh and get just a shred of resolution at the ending instead of leaving it all hanging out. The good and the bad just cancelled each other out here.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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And I enjoyed it, if anything, more than the main story arc... Pretty much because I'm a sucker for bad guys and for dark, dangerous citizes, and this focuses on both. Not only do we get to meet the awesome Virag again (my favourite character from the series - please don't let him be reformed and become a good guy at the end), but we find out a bit more about the shady goings on in Hur-ar, and finally see Ashtoreth - kicking ass, worshiping the Black Dragon and beheading people at random.
(There are some good guys too, but I'm all about the baddies.)
Again, categorising this to a specific genre would defeat me, as it's so all encompassing. A must read!