- File Size: 853 KB
- Print Length: 339 pages
- Publisher: Browzd Media; 1.3 edition (August 9, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GQ8DEI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,371,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hearth Of The Sacred Fire (The Visionspired Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Dinin (the author) excels at world-building. He definitely captures the corporate feel, the fish-out-of-water feeling of new corporate recruits, the goal of petty middle managers to fulfill requirements with minimal hassle, the search for new friends in a strange environment. The magic system is original, consistent, and clever. The writing is clear, well paced and descriptive. Furthermore, minor details, such as a special drinking game for prophets, the way that their version of golf works, and the almost Platonic understanding of matter, all flesh out the novel really nicely and show the careful thought that went into this book.
Normally, I'd give a book with above qualities a full "5 stars". Sadly, there was one pretty big issue I had; there are a few instances of "Harry Potter" elements that are completely superfluous. I'm not saying Harry Potter's good or bad, but including a "grumpy janitor" character, or having a black-haired "Malfoy" clone as the boss' son gave an otherwise incredibly original, cleverly thought out and well executed novel some hints of being derivative. Dinin approached these areas with a degree of humor, having Seth refuse to answer to the janitor, for example. That said, there were enough similarities in a largely educational training period, pace of learning, etc, that these excess similarities merely detracted from the novel's otherwise original nature. It almost forces a comparison with what was, whatever one's personal opinion, one of the most successfully sold novels ever. This novel is more than good enough that it should be judged on its own merits.
Other than that one criticism, I was very happy with the book. There were very few spelling errors, well within the bounds of a professionally published story. Overall, a great, interesting read that should appeal to all readers, particularly to adults familiar with corporations. I look forward to Dinin's future novels.
That being said, as a fan of the Harry Potter series I was hard not to make comparisons between the two works
Seth Franklin is an orphan who grew up with at least one relative who seemed to resent his presence. After joining the Visionspired team he is introduced to a slew of others who are reminiscent of characters in the Potter series.
Owen and Kyra could be Ron and Hermione all grown up. There is even a character who reminded me of Draco Malfoy in the early Potter books. This may be a negative for some readers, but, I enjoyed it.
All similarities aside they were soon relegated to the back of my mind and I began to enjoy the book on it's own merits. I genuinely cared what happened to these characters and cannot wait to see what happens in the next volume.
I am eagerly awaiting Book Two.
His main character, Seth Franklin, is a believable character. Anyone who graduated from college with no job prospects can certainly relate to him. And most everyone who has agonized over their "first day at the office" will certainly be drawn into Seth's experience as he starts his first job in the corporate world. From there, Seth's life takes a right-hand turn from most of us, though. Without giving away too much of the plot, Seth learns his life has a path mapped out for him and his work days will be filled with fulfilling an important mission. A lot different than most of us experience... hence my desire to actually find that "hidden stairway" in the lobby of my office building.
"Hearth of the Sacred Fire" is a good read. It is well written and leaves you wanting to know more-- not only more about the characters, but more about Dinin's view of the future of the world and the unending battle between good and evil. I'm ready for Visionspired: Part 2.
I must concord with the reviewer who wrote about the "Malfoy guy" son of the boss: I think he was unnecessary and a bit out of place.
The grumpy janitor was kind of creepy...but I liked him.
"Hearth of the sacred fire" is an entertaining light read. It is not a great book but it has potential.
All that said...I'm waiting for the second book!
PS: sorry if there are errors but this is not my language :)
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