The Immortal Coil 2nd Edition
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I am very pleased that I did. At first, the characters seem rather superficial to me. As the story progressed however, I began to see that they overall had very realistic reactions to the situations they'd been placed in. This appealed to me greatly. It made me look for the depth behind their actions and I began reading with questions in mind as opposed to simply reading for the sake of seeing the words in front of me to pass the time. I bought this book and within a matter of a few hours, I had plowed through it as I simply couldn't stop reading. I kept wanting to see and experience more of the story and then more. Before I knew it, I'd finished the book.
I encourage people to give this book a good hard look. Keep reading. You will be glad you did. There is so much originality in this book that I felt as though I'd finally taken a breath of fresh air after reading the same old tropes over and over again. J. Armand has created a world that has completely seized my attention from the opening chapter to the close.
I put this book on my wish list months ago but I have trust issues with self published books even though I've written some self published crap before myself. Honestly, I just started reading this today and even skipped forward in the book to see how a few things turned out because I was confused to whether this was post-apocalyptic or normal urban fantasy in a modern setting. It's actually both simultaneously. The author does a great job of blending a supernatural apocalyptic outbreak virus of some kind (I haven't gotten there yet) with modern times without cutting all power and normalcy to civilization. I hate reading stories about people living without electricity and foraging for food or having zero modern infrastructure left. But really the reason I'm writing this pre-review though I haven't finished the book yet is because I'm jus really happy I found this book. Apparently the protagonist is gay, which I was hoping for, but this isn't a romance, which I'm slightly disappointed in considering other characters seem to have romantic interests when I skipped forward — except the gay one.
But oh my god is the story massive and the action scenes are so kick-assets. I'm just thrilled about the the potential here for a really cool story to unfold all in real time. I skipped forward to a few simple scenes where Dorian and this guy Lyle are just coming back to New York and it's under curfew and quarantine and I also skimmed by a scene where this phantom ghost kills an entire dinner party and Dorian and his companions end up fighting it and shadows are caving in everywhere and blood is being spilled all over the place. I also really like the introduction of Dorian breaking into modeling while realizing he's lived a very non adventurous life and feels stuck between wanting to be average and to hide from the faster side of life but also feeling held back by that same desire. I've felt that way so many times and really needed to read about it right now. Dorian seems to think a lot as a character and I really hope that sticks as I continue to read. I'm really excited to dive into this series. And I seriously hope that if other characters are allowed to have romances that the author doesn't cheat Dorian out a of few romances just because he's afraid that certain people won't want to read a gay romance subplot in a book like this while the straight characters get to have all the romance they want. There are other people who DO want to read it so hopefully there's room for that sort of creativity if the author sees fit. I am so excited that I found this. I've been reading Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan for too long now. I need something new and this is it! The writing style is simple but effective and the main character seems to often give his psychological commentary on life when the thought crosses his mind, which I enjoy. I encourage the author to keep writing. He's really good at it and tells really massive stories well.
...On a side note, I'd say that in the beginning I noticed a lot of tense changing. This novel is written in first person past tense but even when Dorian was thinking about his parents jobs he said "my mom 'is' a doctor" or whatever she does for a living instead of keeping with the past tense and saying 'was.' I understand that in past tense writing that sometimes the present tense is used for thoughts and/or facts that are always true outside of the story, but that's not the case here. Might need some extra editing here, but when I skipped ahead I didn't notice many, if any, other glaring flaws in the editing process. Which is hard even for authors with major book deals (I've caught mistakes in the digital version of City of Bones). So I'm really glad I found this and that the novel is long (about 400 pages) and that it only costs like 3$. Kudos to the author. Hope all goes well for you. And I really hope the second book is as good as the one I'm reading now because I need a new series and hopefully a new author to look forward to.
A better than average written Kindle book that comes from a diverse and open world. It opens up to more than just the base few supernatural characters, and involves some coming of age and self discovery on the the part of many of the characters. The reading is easy, the books are short (~600 kindle pages) and story and ideas are simple but entertaining- in essence an enjoyable vacation read. If you want something lighter than but closer to a JK. Rowling style of writing and story (especially the early books) then you should be happy.
Cons: (for some)
If you are looking for complex prose, detailed stories, or character detail of the Tolkien, Herbert, or King level you will be disappointed. The writing does start off rougher in the first book and improve through the 4th (last one out as of this review) and I can only imagine it will improve with more effort and better editors. Also, if a diverse, open, accepting world and even gay characters offend or bother you then you will want to avoid this book. There are some issues with needing to suspend disbelief around travel and movement being glossed over, but they improve through the series.
This book and the series is a good read, especially for the price and the easy read. While it could benefit from all that a big publisher offers I doubt a large publisher would have left the story and the warmth in place. For an avid reader in search of a new up and coming author, interested in the supernatural, and willing to grow with the author you won't find many better books!
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The bad points, it's not really original, too similar to other books of the genre as The Mortal Instruments or The Vampire academy. The "main battles" seem like he was describing an RPG on playstation. And the plot twists are a little bit too predictable.
I was not disappointed being hooked pretty much straight away.
The build up is quick and the book reads very easily.
Absolutely recommend this book!