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Nightblade Kindle Edition
|Length: 416 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- Publication Date : August 3, 2015
- File Size : 576 KB
- Print Length : 416 pages
- Publisher : Waterstone Media (August 3, 2015)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B013D0H2GS
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,224 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story is relatively sound, and in the world of martial fantasy, certainly good enough for a casual read and peaked my interest. The writing, however, is largely terrible. Nightblade reads like a second draft rushed to publishing. The flow is constantly, consistently spoiled by repetitive language, repetitive paragraph structure, and some just downright ****y sentence structure. For example:
"The man lived and breathed swordsmanship because from the man's glances Orochi could tell he was about to ask about Orochi's blade"
That is a horrible sentence. It's awkward, garbled, and manages to use the name Orochi twice in short order. Likewise, there have been several instances of back-to-back paragraphs stating the same thing in slightly different ways. Use of the word "kingdom" in three consecutive sentences, the staggering amount of times the world "cycles" appears in this book, etc.
The potential is there, certainly, and I imagine I may enjoy the second book in the trilogy much more if I can bring myself to read it. I've only made it to about 80% of the way through Nightblade by aggressive skipping of paragraphs and pages when the writing gets under my skin. Perhaps I've just been spoiled by the likes of Will Wight, Jim Butcher, Pierce Brown, Robin Hobb and Scott Lynch (to name a few).
If you're not the type of person to be bothered those sorts of grammatical and structural issues, you'll probably really enjoy the book. If you're like me and find the experience easily ruined by clumsy turn of phrase, then skip this one. While I appreciate the enthusiasm of the book's fans, I have a very hard time understanding how this is a 5-star-near-perfect effort.
The author does a fine job with this trilogy,
and I really can't find anything wrong with his storytelling.
Things are kept simple, and characters stay true to their nature even as they are developed.
The villans and conflicts in the story are not all black and white,
and the author does a good job of portraying the turmoils of living with decisions where there seems to have been no right answer,
Decisions that are hard and don't always turn out for the best--or even as good as could reasonably be expected.
The story may not be as enigmatic as more popular stories that have become TV shows,
but the books are not over written, and the writer does not sabatoge the story with attempts at grandiosity...
This rare level of discipline and integrity births a story told with seemingly effortless grace--and nothing to distract the reader from becoming truely immersed in the story...
Now for the good news - you're going to enjoy the storyline, the plotting, the pacing, the brevity of the action scenes (yet each one powerful in its own way), the unexpected intricacy of the character interaction and how everything seems to be disjointed at first - but comes together in the end as a crescendo you weren't sure you saw coming.
Hard not to turn the pages, and that's an endorsement every author strives for. Well done, Mr. Kirk, please, may I have some more?
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Whilst Kirk's take on eastern culture is appealing, at time it feels largely Westernised in its vernacular and adherence to very Anglo-American ways of doing things. Whilst I am not one to throw around terms like 'whitewashing' and 'cultural appropriation', there are moments when it reads a little like a pantomime, or a very dated TV show from decades ago.
The reliance on stating the obvious (special powers, saviours, etc) could have also been handled better, given what appears to be Kirk's attempts to write something different and challenging in the fantasy genre. In general, a lot of the problems simply come across as laziness on the author's part, or perhaps a lack of challenge from beta readers or editors with regard to content. The writing also swings between quite wonderful and lazy hack-jobbery.
All in all I found Nightblade to be enjoyable, but like a lot of self-published and small press books, lacked the chops to truly make it outstanding. I will however be adding book 2 to my TBR list to see whether these issues have been ironed out, although it won't be a priority read.
My main issues are; I don't usually like children as the main character- to unbelievable even with enhanced skills;
For 3/4 of the story it is delivered step by step and for me this slow development is boring and tedious; there is minimal description of any action it just happens so quickly! Not good enough for a fantasy novel where the description is part of the book. The story gently leads you through the story rather than letting your mind fill in the gaps. Brooks, eddings or feist it isn't but engaging enough.
That aside there has been enough interest generated that I will try the 2nd book to see how it develops.
Also, the inconsistent use of the word "cycle" rather than "year" irritated me, with no real indication for how long this period of time is intended to be. Is it more than a standard year or less? Poor world-building here that prevents the suspension of disbelief that is essential to quality fantasy writing. That plus the use of the word "capitol" rather than "capital" for the principal city in a state. Capitol is where Congress lives, not the location from where a nation state is run!
All in all, this has all the hallmarks of a fan-written novel that has been somehow over-promoted into e-reader fodder. Pulp fiction and nothing more.
I loved every page, the story and characters are engaging and the world created by the Ryan Kirk was truly brilliant. Recently I have found too many authors are trying to replicate the success of GOT by replicating the style of writing in that series, Kirk's portrayal of a single protagonist with a few supplemental characters is truly refreshing in recent times.
Not to say that things are all good, I noticed many similarities between the story arcs and characters when compared to other Sci Fi/fantasy stories and Kirk would do well to find twists and turns in his writing that are entirely original. Nothing grips a reader more than not knowing where the book will take you next.and unfortunately I found I knew where the book was going and how it would end from roughly half way through the book.
To conclude, just because I was able to predict the outcome of this part of the series I don't think it should not put you off reading this book. Kirk's writing has developed a world of intrigue and excitement, I currently have book 2 downloading and can't wait to get stuck in. Read this book!