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- Print Length: 510 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IVH79JO
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Legends of Dimmingwood Series: Books 1-3 Kindle Edition
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Installment 1, Magic of Thieves, primarily sets the story in place within the Dimmingwood Forest and covers the years of 6 to about 15 or 16 years of age for Ilan (a.k.a. Hound Dog). Her family was killed for being Magicers and Llan escapes to the forest where she is reluctantly adopted by Rideon's band of thieves. No one ever leaves the band of thieves under penalty of death.
I enjoyed watching (reading) Ilan grow and develop as a limited band member. Main characters are fleshed out and their dialogue appropriate, not corny or cliche redden. Descriptions of the forest are for the most part lacking. The Hound has some good and bad adventures in the forest, while she does the dirty work for the band. The ending of book 1 comes at a good point with Ilan secretly leaving the Band of Thieves.
3 stars for Book 1, due to poor descriptions of the forest where Ilan spends 10 years, and because of little or nothing happening in the story.
Book 2, Betrayal of Thieves.
This installment starts off with Llan out of the forest, accompanied by Terrac, and heading into Selbius, the Praetor's city. Terrac is captured on the way and Ilan hurries on to rescue him. Instead she picks up a new friend in the city and together they have several adventures and meet the boat people. Scenic descriptions better than in the first book, as more time is devoted to settings. A good improvement if you wish to "experience" the story. Ilan learns that she is a "natural" mage and what that means. In her attempt to rescue Terrac, she is betrayed. Devastated, she returns to the boat people.
This is a shorter installment than the first one, and not very interesting. Two stars.
Book 3, Circle of Thieves
Ilan is hurting from her betrayal and returns to her friend with the boat people. Here Hadian continues her instruction. But, Dimmingwood is calling, and she returns to pick uo her previous life as a new person. I found it odd that Ilan was forbidden to leave the wood under penalty of death, yet upon her return, she is welcomed back wholeheartedly. There are other incongruences, as well.
Ilan is back with the Band not more than a couple of days when she gathers a group and again goes against Rideon's orders. Ilan leaves the wood and finds herself alone and aimless. After many trials, she actually finds herself working for her sworn enemy!
Overall, i consider the Dimmingwood series as 2.5 stars, primarily due to the weak story.
My gripes apart, I loved the style, the character development, the storyline, and I would buy books written by this author.
Other then that it was a great set of books. Although there was some magic mentioned in the first of the book, it took a while to build into the magic portions of things. The story line is good and well thought out. The characters are well built, and the author has a good base of characters.
I like the way that I was able to get pulled easily into the story and didn't want to put down the book. I really love reading and this was a set that i could get lost in.