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- ASIN : B00AR187RA
- Publication date : December 19, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1863 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 255 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #565,218 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I started this book three different times, but each time, I bailed early on, as a result of one particular scene that I found distasteful. Compared to a lot of other indie fiction, Tiadaria's story is not half bad, but I believe that indie fiction should be held to the same standard as traditionally published fiction. And on that standard, Tiadaria does not measure up.
I will say that the use of language is competent. Sentences flow nicely and there are no glaring typos or grammatical flaws to intrude on the reading experience. (Sadly, this is often not the case with indie books.) But that is the only dimension in which this work measures up to the standards of the genre.
Here are my problems with it:
Story Logic: There are a number of places in which the story contradicts itself. For example, the slave master makes great lamentations about preserving the investment he's made in Tiadaria, and then, in the very next scene, we find her on the executioner's block. What? How did that happen? How did he go from "preserve my investment" to "off with her head"? If there is a logical explanation for this change of heart, it is never explained. And why did Royce buy her? He believed she was innocent, and therefore, unjustly accused of murder. So he then rewards the slaver by paying him for the girl? That makes no sense, and it paints Royce out to be an idiot.
Coincidences: Royce turns out to be the most famous and successful warrior the kingdom has ever known, because he has this magic power with swords. Oh, and how lucky is it that Tiadaria has this same ultra-rare power and that he just happened to be there? Sigh.
Timing: We then go into the training montage, as sheriff Royce teaches her how to be a sword mage like him. And he does it unrealistically quickly. She goes from mewling teen brat to sword master in just a couple of weeks. There is also a huge timing problem with the war against the Xarundi, but discussing it here would be a spoiler, so I won't.
Collapsing Baddies: When we first see the Xarundi, they are portrayed as a fairly terrifying enemy. Very, very fast, violent, and powerful. But when our heroes confront them later, all that speed and power and malevolence is gone, and a girl with two-weeks of training holds her own against them.
Imagination: There was a brief glimmer of imagination in creating the Xarundi, and perhaps in the gnome-made door lock of Royce's home. But that was it. There is almost no culture given to the world they live in. No interesting politics, religions, economies, etc. It felt like a Hollywood set for a low-budget fantasy story. I kept expecting building fronts to fall over, revealing nothing but painted plywood and surprised set-builders standing around behind them.
So while I was drawn by the premise of this story, I found the execution illogical and I was left with a sense of having speed-walked my way through a paper-thin Disney ride based on a movie-of-the-week.
This is the second book ever that I will take the time to completely remove from my Amazon account, not just delete from my device.
Top reviews from other countries
This feels like a wasted opportunity as there was an interesting story here under it all. Also the technical side of it, the English itself wasn't bad and I didn't spot too many errors (though I'm not the best at that as you may be able to tell here!).
All in all, I wish the author had spent more time on it, telling us the story, not letting us infer what happened.
It was a nice change of pace form my usual reading. I didn't stop reading until I finished and immediately went to order the next two books (which I also loved).
My favorite part of the book was the way magic was presented, as it was something I had not seen before.