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- Publisher: Council of Wizardry; 1 edition (October 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B015QBDE4G
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But all of that is lost in the excessive amount of random dialogue and side stories of various characters that add nothing except extra pages. So that by the end of the story. Nothing is resolved. Absolutely nothing. The magical book everyone is fighting over? It's still in the same place. The three archdemon's plotting against everyone? They still haven't done anything. Lenamare and Jenn? They haven't even moved! They are still in the city trying to get back at Tom since page 1.
Out of the 500 or so pages of this book. About 400 pages are spent on dialogues rehashing events that have already happened.
Tom tossed Knight Talarius into the Abyss. Next 10 pages Lilith talks about Tom tossing Talarius into the Abyss. Next 10 pages Hilda talks about Tom tossing Talarius into the Abyss. It's like an endless cycle of rehashing and this goes on for the entire novel.
And it's not just that the story keeps repeating itself. The paragraphs can also be incredibly jarring. One paragraph you have Ramses talking about dominating the world. The next paragraph its Rupert trying to get along a new friend he made.
Its as if the author had no plan and wrote whatever came to his mind. So unless you like disconnected ramblings, I would stay away till a second or third edition of this book comes out that fixes all these loose ends. At best this book is a first draft. At worst its just a 100 page novel with 400 pages of cliff notes from the Author.
And the sad thing is all the really interesting side stories you want to see. Talarius being able to save his true love whose soul had been captured by a demon. Hilda's status as a saint, and how mortals become heavenly angels. And Tom becoming a dark overlord building his army of darkness. Well guess what it doesn't happen. You get 1 or 3 pages about it and it's never fully explored till the next book. Skip this book and go straight to Book 3.
...well, my hopes were a bit too high, it seems. As other reviewers have said, there were a lot of PoVs in this book. And by a lot, I mean a LOT. It was a bit disconcerting jumping from one unrelated PoV to the next, and the short length of some of the PoVs served to disrupt the flow of the story even further. Worse yet, each successive PoV generally only rehashed the same information we already knew, this time from another character's, or set of characters', perspective. It's been a while since I read the first book, so it was nice to have stuff rehashed at the beginning of the book, but then it kept happening...and kept happening. A quite substantial amount of the book consists solely of rehashing stuff that has already happened, either in this book or events from the first book.
The combination of excessive rehashing and the introduction of a multitude of new characters, many of which do not seem to advance the plot much, if at all, made the story drag more than the first one.
All told, I'd give it a solid three stars, down from the five I gave the first book. I like the main characters, I like the plot, and I like the action. I don't like all the rehashing and the introduction of new character after new character that doesn't clearly advance the plot.
Hopefully increased use of beta readers for the next book will help cut down on excessive rehashing and extraneous character introductions. Take care of those two issues for this book and you have a 4.5 star book; take care of that for the next book and tighten up the storyline, and you'll have a 5 star book again!
1. I can’t remember any issues with editing or grammar (once Lenamare was called Exador or maybe Exador was called Lenamare, but that was the only thing I can remember).
2. A ton of action if you like that kind of thing.
3. Lots of humor.
4. Pretty smart book as far as the plot development goes. The author does a good job of bringing a bunch of seemingly unrelated things together (reminded me of the way the plot developed in Snatch with Brad Pitt). A lot of the conflict would probably be resolved if there was just better communication between the various parties, but everyone seems to wonder what everyone else is doing and the resulting actions are well thought out, humorous, surprising, and interesting.
1. At first I thought the author was going all “Anthony Ryan” on us. There were a lot of added POV’s and it seemed to me that we hardly saw Tom in the first half of the book (and I don’t know about everyone else, but I think Tom is the star of this show). The second half of the book showcases Tom a lot more and I think is the better part of the book.
2. There was a section where one of the characters is sexual with his genie who takes on the form of a boy (the genie is older than a boy, he just takes on that persona). I don’t consider myself too much of a prude, but I think normalizing man/boy love is going maybe a little too far (NAMBLA would disagree I am sure).
3. Sometimes I felt the author was trying to do too much (too many characters, too many types of magic, too many worlds discussed). It got a little confusing at times. Imagine reading a book about Napoleon, but having chapters discussing Genghis Kahn and King Tut. It seems manageable now, but I hope the author doesn’t keep adding characters in book 3 at the rate he does in book 2.
4. My biggest negative is there wasn’t any real character development in this book (and I like character driven fantasy). In book 1, Tom and Jenn had their arguments and developed their relationship, Tom and Rupert developed their relationship as well. I enjoyed Rupert trying to find his dad and the emotion that brought. The scene in book 1 where Rupert is hurt and Tom thinks him dead was full of emotion and feeling (as was the scene where Rupert rides on Tom’s shoulders and then sleeps next to him in camp). I really felt book 1. There is nothing like this in book 2 which makes it a little stale for me. I hope to see more character development, dialogue, emotion, and relationship building in book 3 (like book 1).
At the end of the day, I did enjoy the book and will be getting book 3, but this was definitely a step down from book 1 for me.
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