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House of Blades (The Traveler's Gate Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The best way to explain it is to say it is roughly what the Wheel of Time series would have been like if it were a trilogy and written from the point of view of someone who wasn't "the one." It's actually an interesting, and sometimes humorous, take on the usual fantasy prescription. To be honest I didn't really expect much from the book but after reading the Kindle free sample I bought it with the justification that the sample was decent enough to see where it goes from there. I'm glad I did. Worth every penny and the better part of two days that I put into reading it (and the same for the sequel).
- The author doesn't drown you in minutiae about all the crap you really don't care about when describing a scene, room, place, person, or whatever. I liked Robert Jordan but half of each of his books were describing the details of a piece of trim in the corner of the room or some such. No such thing here. You get the idea and can picture it in your mind without falling asleep or skipping pages to get to the interesting part. The story is almost always progressing as you read.
- One of the most interesting magic systems I have seen in a long long time. Simple but clever.
- The important people are believable. There is some depth and complexity to all of the important main and side characters.
- The lack of detail does sometimes get in the way of an otherwise engrossing story. I didn't always get a good feel for what someone or something looked like. It's not enough to ruin things entirely. Just a weak point.
- The point of view changes were informative but I felt like they took away from the story subtly. The side characters who got their 15 minutes of fame weren't important (and lasting) enough to warrant an actual point of view from the perspective of the story as a whole.
- The story feels a little rough around the edges. Not first draft rough, jut not quite as polished as it could be. I feel like it could have been expanded a little to give a... richer experience. You didn't get the "the world is alive and changing" feeling that you get with some of the more accomplished authors.
Despite the bad points I listed above, the series is really quite engaging and a very good read. The author's bio says he is only 23 which would go a long way to explaining why some of the work feels the way it does. All in all, this is a very promising start in the fantasy genre for someone with a real talent for clever story. In another 10 years, with more experience, I fully expect his writing to be spectacular. It's good, just not "great" - yet.
4 for very good (definitely read a series or try another title by the author)
3 for enjoyable, 2 for I finished but wouldn't return soon and 1 for please don't waste your time
This was a solid 3 and I finished all books in the trilogy before writing. No spoilers, no content relating to the story here.
- Unique and original settings / worlds
- 'Some' interesting characters
- Some very good scene sequences
- Easy reading
- 'Some' not interesting characters and fillers
- Inconsistencies in statements about characters or environments throughout the book
- At times, reads like a YA title especially with some statements by characters (which sometimes seem way out of place)
Not a bad read and was interested enough to finish all 3 but wouldn't say this is close to a 5 star or even a 4 star title. What kept me drawn in was the unique way to achieve greater skills, the primary character and one of the secondary. If you try the first, the 2nd and 3rd are very similar. If you don't like it, it doesn't necessarily get better, just an extension of the same style of writing.
I loved the main character. Simon isn't the one who has been destined to become the savior. No, he is just your average teenager. But though he has no formal destiny, Simon forces himself into the war that is going on full of characters with much more power than he has. This stubbornness immediately endears Simon to the reader. A great main character, a humorous tone to lighten the intensity of the world, and fun action make this a series worth reading. I can't wait to read the next two books!
The only reason I give the book three stars instead of the four or even five that it's worth is because I feel that the pacing of the book is too fast. There is a very original take on magic here, with characters that are intriguing and many interesting questions that I can't wait to have answered. The action scenes flow very well, and the detail throughout the book is enough to paint a vivid image, but not so much that it slows the books pace.
I do, however, feel that the author skips entirely too much information between scenes. There are no transition periods, the whole book takes place over a span of months yet only details a few days of the journey. One sentence you're in the Territory of Valinhall, the next you're on the other side of a forest in the real world, with little to no explanation of when, how, or why.
Other than the disorienting changes of location, this book was great and I applaud the author for their originality. Here's hoping the sequel lives up to it's potential.
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