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Knights: The Eye of Divinity (A Novel of Epic Fantasy) (The Knights Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In the decades since, I have read thousands of books. I'm retired now and have more time to read than when I was working. My eyesight has become worse over the years. I now have trouble reading paper books. I've largely switched to e-books because I can adjust the font size. Unfortunately, I recently dropped my iPad and destroyed it. However, I had an older Kindle device lying around. I charged my Kidle and searched through it for something to read. Much to my surprise, I discovered that I had purchased this book but had never read it.
I spent two days finishing this book but it felt a lot like that book I had spent two years reading much earlier in my life. On the positive side, the author was reasonably skilled with the written English language. Sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, choice of words, etc. were well done.
What this book lacked, was sympathetic characters and any sense of originality. The book focuses on several young knights in training but we rapidly discover that these characters aren't especially likeable characters. Instead, they are mostly brash, cowardly, and dishonest. They don't even seem to learn from their mistakes. I would have been happier to discover that these shiftless characters were killed and that the next batch of squires learned from their mistakes. Instead, the characters survived and were rewarded.
The plot was largely repetitious and read like a Dungeons and Dragons game. There were seemingly interminable explorations of mines, crypts, and temples complete with the obligatory traps, trophies, and monsters. The various races were obviously borrowed out of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Perhaps the worst part of this book was that the vast majority of the book followed these squires while they engaged in essentially meaningless tasks. At the end of the book, we learn that a battle must have been fought and that the Knights prevailed. The squires, however, weren't involved in that battle so we don't get any description of the battle.
I won't read the other books in this serious and strongly suggest that you avoid reading this book.
I think that much of the flaws result from the fact that this is a first book. Two of the characters (Varden and Timlin) are described inconsistently. I think this is to give the author room to explore their complexity in future novels, but the effect in this novel is to make them incomprehensible plot devices. The protagonist, like Potter, reminds me of the Japanese "silent but good" protagnist, but I think is much more effectively characterized than Potter. It is difficult to portray the fact that adolescents can be weak willed and subject to peer pressure without reminding us that we used to be that way. I think the author has done this exceptionally well. (at times it is uncomfortable to read; I want to slap the protagonist upside the head, but I recognize the difficulty of standing up against a strong willed but blockheaded friend).
I liked the world (I just wish it were described tersely) and the suspense as I tried to identify the true antagonists. (wish we'd been a bit more fair there).
If you're looking for a quick, easy read to entertain, this is probably at an appropriate price point. But I wish I'd known the above in advance so that I wouldn't be expecting more than I received.