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- Print Length: 254 pages
- Publication Date: November 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077GTFNG6
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I will always advocate for self-published authors. Publishing any manuscript is huge and can be intimidating. Self-publishing is downright daunting, because you will face the challenges on your own that a traditional publisher will pay people to do for your manuscript. However, there seems to be a woeful lack of true diamonds-in-the-rough among self-published books, and you usually have to go through many mediocre and some dreadful books in order to find those hidden gems. I am happy to report that this is most certainly one such diamond-in-the-rough.
The story follows through the third-person-limited narrative of an assassin, contracted to protect the prince of a queendom after his mother makes a brazen move to name him her heir after years of being unable to have a daughter. Our assassin protagonist is uncertain about this job, especially as she struggles to take the teenaged prince seriously at times and she's unaccustomed to moving in the world of political subterfuge. To say much more would toe the line of spoiling the story, but I will say that those interested should definitely give this a shot.
"Queendom of the Seven Lakes"'s pros, in my opinion, lie a lot with the start to Endacott's worldbuilding and giving an overview of the setting with its precariously-balanced web of political power and gameplay. The story flows pretty easily and naturally, and the combination of a fantasy world with a lot of underlying intrigue moving the story tends to be right up my alley. (In fact, I believe many hardcore Eberron fans might enjoy what Endacott has to offer with her original world.) Plus, the assassin organization known as the "Family" is intriguing to me on a personal level, as I enjoy seeing the structure of assassin networks in fantasy worlds.
Areas of the book in which I think improvements could be made are few in number, but no less important for it.
1. There were some spelling and grammatical errors in this book, and thankfully they were minimal, but I would suggest perhaps a couple more Beta-readers to proofread the manuscript. After all, many sets of eyes will probably catch more than just one or two.
2. The cover. While I think the sketch of Elen-ai is pretty interesting, I have a lot of issues with the cover. It is very difficult to look at and on my physical copy of this book, the summary on the back is impossible to read between the size/color/type of font it's written in, the orange block it's written on, and the wrinkled-paper background behind it. Overall the cover feels very, very rough, and I think in some cases it will definitely make or break whether or not someone picks the book up.
3. Pacing of the plot and character emotion are another. I feel like the pacing in this book was awkward at times, and I struggle to really pinpoint where the rising action occurs. There is no sense of rapid build-up, at least not that I could see in what I read. The climax of the book simply happens without much to lead up to it beforehand. I do think the crafting of a plot's rising action and transition into the climax is tricky, and for that reason I can empathize with any struggles Endacott may have had with those scenes. But there is room for improvement, and I hope she will show that improvement in the next book. As for character emotions, that might simply be a personal thing on my part. Being able to emotionally connect with a protagonist isn't always a necessity, but I struggled with emotional disconnect a lot with Elen-ai. Perhaps that's simply a part of the fact she's an assassin and as such, her display of emotions is limited, but I was able to connect more easily with the characters of Queen Latana and Prince Gidyon.
All-in-all this book is, as previously stated, a diamond-in-the-rough. But in spite of this, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Endacott's world feels very alive and well-crafted in a way that shows her love and effort towards her story, and I very much look forward to seeing the second book in her "Legends of the Godskissed Continent" series.
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