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Nature Abhors a Vacuum (The Aielund Saga) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 28, 2016
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On the other hand, this book is testament to the fact that what works really well in a computer game doesn't necessarily translate well to a novel. Savant is clearly still polishing his writing skills. The book has clearly been edited; what errors exist are rare and generally don't throw you out of the plot.
Unfortunately, Savant's writing is bland and pedesterian. He doesn't have the depth or the range to deal with the situations brought up in the book, such as what happens with Nellise, or the political corruption. It reads like what it is; the novelization of an RPG game. You can hear the dice rolling.
I look forward to the next books in the saga anyway, because Savant's plot gets much deeper and better. (The plot is fine anyway; it's the execution that needs improvement.) I hope that through practice (and maybe writing workshops) his writing skills get up to the task, because this series has amazing potential.
None of them are perfect role models, but they all band together to help out several communities and settlements. They are tasked with adventures that should be done with proper authorities and more experience. But they prevail in their adventures and get the job done.
Along the way they discover a lot about each other and themselves. Pushing the limits of their skills and their consciences is what this novel is all about.
For us who have played his mod, this gives more background info on the characters and their insights and thoughts. Nicely written and cohesive in telling the tales. Read as the characters grow and suffer loses as well as truimphs.
Now onto purchasing the rest of the series.
A number of characters join him along the way. Each one of these people have their own personality and are given the time to develop to the point where the reader is invested in what happens to each and every one. My favorite is the cleric, Nellise. (I have a thing for beautiful clerics, but . . . ) Actually, my biggest complaint about these books is that Nellise's life is going to suck. I'm certain it will end badly. *sigh*
The dialogue has humor scattered throughout, the battle scenes are vivid and intense, and the characters make you like or hate them. For the first time in a long while, I found myself staying up late, not wanting to put the book down.
I truly recommend this to anyone who likes high fantasy. At over 200,000 words, it's a tale of epic proportions that reads fast.
It did have a bit of a D&D flavor at times, which I enjoyed but others might not. I literally laughed out loud at that thought when they decided to help someone investigate noises in their bedroom. Or when finished dealing with a particular issue someone always seemed to get a bit of gear upgrade.
There was character development, but it was a bit slow and I hope there is a bit more in the next book. But, considering how much action there was.
If you like a lot of action, this is definitely a book for you. Can't wait for the sequel.