- File Size: 2197 KB
- Print Length: 124 pages
- Publisher: ChAIR Entertainment Group, LLC; 1 edition (October 3, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 3, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005SFRJ6K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Despite the narrow parameters of a short story format in a prefabricated fantasy setting, Mr. Sanderson created a entertaining story with epic themes, plot twists, relatable characters, and his trademark humorous banter (which made me stop reading due to me laughing to tears at least once), that left me wanting more when I reached the end. Hint, hint to write more of Siris and co! I especially liked the self-awareness that Siris the swordsman/hero hinted at (off to kill the big boss, I mean the God King, again...).
The novella follows Siris (the protagonist from the game) and picks up after he had killed the God King. He returns home from what he and everyone else assumed was going to be a suicide mission. He starts out hoping to live a quiet life farming and eating pie when he is told that he has too many enemies and to protect those he loves he must go into exile. The remainder of the novella follows Siris as he tries to stay hidden from his enemies and find a way to fight back.
As an honest reviewer I must point out that this is not Sanderson's best work. Actually Sanderson himself pointed out that it was "not intended to be the end-all of [his] career". It is just too insubstantial, it has only a few characters that are a little too blank to be engaging (probably to keep the characters consistent with the game), a setting that a little too much like the generic fantasy setting, and a plot that feels like the middle section of a book. I realize that these are all problems that were inherited from the source material. The game's plot consists almost entirely (as far as I can tell from game reviews and the Wikipedia article) to "Kill the God King".
On the other hand I have to point out that the book does have merit. Several of the gameplay mechanics have been worked into the story in such a way that they now make sense. For example it is established that the reason none of the enemies you face use the healing objects they carry around is because they are not physically able to use them. The dialogue is genuine and occasionally witty. The characters are far more complex then they really have any right to be, given the source. And the plot has a couple of real twists in it. It was clear that Sanderson had fun writing it and I enjoyed it enough that reading through it did not feel like a chore.
To use an analogy, this book is like the fine chief that opened a fast food restaurant. The food may be the best of any burger joint you have ever been to, and therefore it lords over all the other fast food restaurants, but at the end of the day you realize that the food is not as good as the four star restaurant that does not work under the restrictions of time and cost. The restaurant may be the best at what it does, but if you want truly quality food you would go to a different restaurant.
I have never been sold on the idea of a book based on a video game, and this book all but illustrates why. None of the problems I find with the book can really be laid at the feet of the author. But I still can not bring myself to call it a good book because of the problems that arise out of the source material.
The quote from Brandon Sanderson comes from his blog:
It is a really good novella. I'm not sure how much of the lore/world Brandon created/expanded on, but it's rich and fun and interesting. The book made me go and check out the game immediately, which is what I guess they were hoping for when he was signed to write it.
I look forward to the next one. I also enjoyed the game. Check both out!
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It is good book so yeah read it guys. So yeah, do it