- File Size: 3924 KB
- Print Length: 64 pages
- Publisher: OWS Ink, LLC (April 27, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072NXYQDK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Merchant in Oria is a novella set in a fantasy world populated by humans, dwarves, and lizard-men. It has the feel of a familiar, traditional fantasy setting, as found in Tolkein’s work. However, this story is more humorous and light-hearted.
Firion dreams of getting his first big contract as a merchant. Although his family warns him not to head to Oria, he is certain this is where he will find his fortune and establish himself as a great merchant. He travels there alone with his goods, satchel full of samples, and his horse and wagon. Upon his arrival, things seem out of sorts. Something is rotten in the state of Oria. Firion just can’t seem to put his finger on what it is. Meeting up with the lizard-man Salazar, the ‘new’ leader of the Dwarven merchant guild, Firion makes the contract of a lifetime and hauls home gobs of gold marks. However, Firion discovers what’s so wrong in Oria, and is pressed to return and meet an epic destiny.
My favorite character was Firion. He was naïve, good-natured, hilarious, sympathetic, and charmingly simple. Melody, the female dwarf, was a cute, well-shaved Dwarven female love interest for Firion. The themes were good versus evil and freedom from oppression. The plot was well-constructed and pacing steady.
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a short read; I read it over lunch. I’d recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy stories looking for a quick read. It can be found for $2.99 currently at Amazon.
Initially I felt rather annoyed with the main character (whose naiveté seemed to border on willful self-delusion) only to realize later that his attitude is probably also the primary reason he turns out to be the ideal hero for Oria. Personally, I would have enjoyed more vivid descriptions of the fantasy setting. I wonder if the author perhaps felt constrained by the shorter novella format, because the bonus first chapter of his forthcoming novel Monster Huntress really came to life for me, and I'm looking forward to reading it when it comes out in 2018.
A quick read, it has a steady pace. For the length, the characters were decently developed. I found it predictable but pleasant. A reluctant hero, who is also a younger sibling, would like to be recognized for something in life, is driven to attempt a rescue.
I cannot wait to jump into this book. It is short and looks sweet. The only concern I have before jumping in is one that is quite common amongst short books. That is when the blurb is pretty much a summary of the whole book except the ending. I am hoping that that isn't the case with this book, but we will definitely see! Thank you so much to the Author and Publishing company for sending me this book to review. I am excited! Please note that in no way has receiving this book affected my opinions. All thoughts are my own.
The writing was super easy to read and get into. There was enough dialogue to stop the short book from being too much.
Whilst the synopsis pretty much summarizes the first twenty odd pages but there are still some things that aren't included. The book was super quick to get through but super interesting as well. There was a nice and steady pace. The book ended in its own time which was great because it didn't feel forced or like it ended too quickly.
Due to the fact that there wasn't a lot of character development, I can't really say much other than that I really enjoyed Firion our main character. Although we only see a glimpse of who he truly is in this short novel, I thought that he was a great character that had a lot of potential.
Overall, I thought that this was a great book. There was some humor here and there and a little bit of action towards the end. I really thought that this was a great read. I highly recommend it if you are looking for something interesting and quick. I loved the world that the author created and really hope that he builds the world further at some point because this whole story has so much potential to be a lot more. With that being said, thank you so much to the Author and his publishing company for sending me a copy of this book.
Yours in Reading,
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