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About the Author
- File size : 1597 KB
- Publication date : February 14, 2014
- ASIN : B00IGWXHWC
- Print length : 366 pages
- Publisher : Alexander Cole Publishing Group; 2nd edition (February 14, 2014)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,992 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Why I don't rate it higher than a 4 - I personally got a little bogged down in the middle in the 'technical' explanation of lightning riding and associated 'alterations'. This could be either because this kind of detail isn't my thing or it could be because it made the middle of the book run slow. Having said all that, this writer has strong potential and if you are a veteran UF reader like myself, I think it is very likely you would enjoy this offering.
Of course, I can see that the popularity of strong and independent female heroines in the YA and NA genres has definitely spawned a number of authors who want to capitalize on this trend, and this book is no different. That being said, most of my qualms with this book lie with the characters. The majority of the characters seemed quite flat and sometimes just reacted irrationally in order to manufacture conflict. Of the one or two characters who were more fleshed out, who were fortunately the two main characters, I felt that the heroine could have had more skills carry over from the present day into her time travels.
Aside from a few moments here and there where I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, the plot was pretty straightforward and solid. Of course, this applies to the main plot, as the subplot featuring the heroine’s father felt underdeveloped (even though I really wanted to know about his adventures). Granted, this is a limitation of the first-person POV, but it would have been nice to intersperse a bit with his time travels to provide a contrast to the clearly more powerful main character. I also would have liked some more explanation on the mechanism of the “lightning riding,” but from what I gathered of the synopsis of the second book in this series, that will be explained in greater detail later on.
A generic Young Adult novel with a pretty engaging plot, I give Lightning Rider 3.0 stars out of 5.
The romance surprised me at first, then it felt very natural. Masterfully handled and bittersweet, I can't wait for the chance to dive into the second book.
Although I think this book is awesome, I suspect it will appeal to women more than men. If you like sassy female narrators, though, you'll like this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Wonderful pacing helps to bring the tale alive here. The only character we really get a handle on is Evy; everyone else if a little flat and only manages to break in to two dimensions (at best). This isn't too much of a detriment to the tale as it is purely and simply about Evy and her first alteration as a true lightning rider. Menace comes in bucket loads in this book - not just from the unfamiliar setting of Ancient Spain and her sudden appearance in a Roman Military Camp but also from Ilif (a man very much with his own agenda).
The setting is well constructed and Ancient Spain really does just feel a heartbeat away, tucked behind a fold in time that we could reach if only we could manipulate the lightning/ I did find the relationship between Evy and Constantine a touch overwrought and couldn't really get behind the romance of it. The descriptions of the Roman Camp were evocative and you could almost hear the clash of practising swordsmen and the debate of tactics. I also liked that camp followers were mentioned, however there would have been substantially more than one armouress with them.
A well balanced book that sets the tone for the series very nicely. Strong time travelling fantasy that takes you back to an ancient world we know so much and yet so little about.