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A Quest of Heroes (Book #1 in the Sorcerer's Ring) Kindle Edition
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"[An] entertaining epic fantasy."
"The beginnings of something remarkable arethere."
--San Francisco Book Review
"Action-packed .... Rice's writing is solid andthe premise intriguing."
"A spirited fantasy ....Only the beginning ofwhat promises to be an epic young adult series."
--Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Morgan's newest releases are ROGUE, PRISONER, PRINCESS (Of Crowns and Glory--Book #2) and ONLY THE WORTHY (THE WAY OF STEEL--BOOK #1) , the debut of a new epic fantasy series, and ARENA 3, the conclusion of the Survival Trilogy.
TURNED (Book #1 in the Vampire Journals), ARENA ONE (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy), A QUEST OF HEROES (Book #1 in the Sorcerer's Ring) and RISE OF THE DRAGONS (Kings and Sorcerers--Book #1) are each available as a free download on Amazon! BEFORE DAWN (Vampire Fallen--Book #1) and ONLY THE WORTHY (The Way of Steel--Book #1) are available as a free download via KU.
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- ASIN : B00AFROVQC
- Publication date : November 13, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1801 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 237 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,383 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One thing this story does not lack for is reviews. Most likely that is why mine will probably never be seen. That's OK; I'm used to being ignored, kind of like Thor, the main character. Be prepared, because I will probably drop some spoilers, at least of a minor nature. However, since most of the challenge of this book seems to be with the inconsistencies of story points, such spoilers will be part of it.
I choose a book most often based on the low star rated reviews. Within those reviews you can decide whether criticisms are warranted (and widely felt), or if someone just wants to be Rex Reed and pan everything. This book is no different, and has a plethora of low star reviews to it. After reading the story, I would say that the vast majority of the complaints, at least concerning the story line itself, are valid. I just don't mark them quite as negative as others. By the time I read this book, it looked like most of the grammar, spelling, and homonym issues were corrected. The story line problems, though cannot be corrected so easily without a complete rewrite.
In general character development is nil; what we have are cardboard caricatures of knights, kings and princesses, all being pushed around a big board. The main character of this volume is Thor. He is the youngest of four brothers in a family with only a father. Thor, of course, is treated badly, given the dirtiest jobs, and generally not wanted. There is some foreshadowing of the mystery of Thor's birth and how he is "Special", but nothing comes of it in this volume. This is a common device in fantasy stories, but you have to start somewhere, right? Thor wants to be a member of The Legion, the elite fighting force of the kingdom. Of course, he is rejected during a selection event in his village. Undeterred, he goes to the royal city and tries to "prove himself" so they will let him stay, even though he was rejected before.
During this attempt, he shows a magical power unseen before. This causes everyone to accept him, kind of. He starts training, and here is where the inconsistencies begin to mount within the story threads. The low reviews between them cover a great many of the challenges; in my first draft I tried to list some of them, but I cannot do justice to the inconsistency of time and place. One does not change from peasant kid to (unexplained) honorary son of the king to vaunted warrior to prisoner in a dungeon, all in the span of days written within the story. The low star reviews explain them far better than I.
So - if I reference the low star reviews so much, and there seems to be such a disconnect from reality in so many areas, why did I award three stars? Through all the problems and bad writing, the obvious and not-so-obvious borrowing from other stories, there is a very good base of a story here. The author is in such a hurry to tell it, which seems to be common in teen stories, that the tale loses any touch with time, place, and physical realm. Inconsistencies are ignored, action is edited to fit the time alloted, and what could be a great story of fantasy and the coming of age of a young hero converts from an orderly circling carousel to a spinning top, flinging horses and canvas in every direction.
I am torn whether I will go on in this series. The plot, though in many ways cliche', has an interesting pull. At least for a while, the reader can suspend disbelief regarding all the inaccuracies, mistakes, rushed story line, and outright questionable writing. I know I cannot take 17 books of it, but I might at least try to find out what happens next.
For those who want to get to the short of it, here is my summary:
Children - not suitable due to content.
Teens - not suitable because it will insult this group’s intelligence or possibly lower it
Adults - not suitable due to similar reasons for teens.
For this book and all of the books in this series (I even hate to admit I read this series but I kept trying to find the redeeming value. Hint: I didn't). I would never admit to anyone face to face that I read this series. I almost feel I should wear a brown bag over my head for a while.
Audience: I think this is a YA book but it doesn’t fit in this category, nor children's or adults. The subject matter that some have noted has rape riddled in it. Although not explicit, it is too frequent. So I wouldn’t want my 10-12 year reading it. Yes, they would know about rape at this age but that does not mean I want the child subjected to it constantly in reading a book for fun. Also, the level of violence that friends and family do to each other is at a too high level for a child. So now we push the subject matter up to at least a teenager. But the problem here is the book is written on a child's level. I have been trying to pinpoint what age group the writing would suit. My best guess is maybe 5th grader. The inner dialog of the individual characters is almost too much to stomach. They each pat themselves on the back constantly at how everyone looks at them in awe or something of that nature. This type of dialog seems to appear riddled on a large percentage of the pages. I suppose this is one reason I feel the book is written in a style more for children. I can see a child having these little dialogs in their head. It’s ok. We want them to imagine and explore to great heights as they are young, grow and learn the world. But once you leave childhood, unless you are a narcissist, one doesn’t walk around having these egotistical dialogs in their head.
Errors: Yes, the norm of the self-publishing author. Books sent out riddled with grammatical and spelling errors. For example, where you would think the word 'are' should be used, 'our' will be written instead. Spelling errors are obvious. The other problem is the incorrect character’s name appearing in a sequence of paragraphs. It will throw your flow and you have to stop and re-read only realizing the incorrect character is listed in the sentence. All of these issues are show stoppers for a book. Or should be.
Character Development: In this series Morgan Rice is not the worst at character development but does fall way short of the ideal. Most characters are rather shallowly developed and only when you get towards the end of the series do you have a better feel for maybe who this character is. By that time, the plane has flown. Basically her character development misses the boat.
Story-line: If this series had any redeeming value, this is the area it would be. The story-line is not developed enough though; almost like a sketch up of a book someone wants to flesh out and write.
Series: This is more of a pet peeve. I have grown up reading books galore and reading a series from an author sometimes. Avid is the word people use. I read books anytime I have a second. Waiting for my take out.. yep, I am reading. No book? I read whatever I can see wherever. Boring brochures … I will read when desperate. I love reading. But a series is not a book broken up in many pieces. Each book should stand on its own merit. When did a short story become a book? This series has 17 ‘books’ if I am remembering correctly. 17? yes.. 17. Realistically this is at most 2 books. I would put it at one book. One entire book. Not 17 short stories. I find it annoying to have to repurchase a book every day to continue the story-line. Bottom line: short stories do not make a book. I know, don’t buy them. My point is for those of you that are similar to me and find a continuing stream of book purchases annoying when you are really reading the same book, don’t stop here at this series. But honestly, the story broken up into 17 books is the least of the problems here.
Self-Promotion: Can someone say.. toss me a bucket I am about to hurl? I read a blog article from an author about marketing and she mentioned that she wanted readers to ‘pull’ her book, not have it shoved down their throat. Those were not her exact words but the gist. I wish I could remember where I read it to give her credit. I think her last name was Dawson. Anyone who has read enough self-published books knows how to spot a self-publisher right off. If you are not sure what I mean, I will tell you. Two ways. Sometimes in the book description the language is over the top about #1 bestselling author, etc. Compare a self-publisher with a well-established prominent author. Huge difference. The most annoying tell-tale sign is the first pages of the book. There is so much self-promotion, if I happen to start the book in bed at night, I may fall asleep before I get to the actual story. The description of the story should grab the reader. Not how much the author self-promotes their greatness.
The rest is really about my frustration with the self-publishing industry and an insight on my feelings that created this review.
I only write reviews occasionally but I think I have been pushed over the cliff with self-publishing authors. I really hate to write negative reviews. I don’t like to. Formally I had a positive outlook toward self-publishing authors. That day is gone. Totally gone. I wanted to cheer for the underdogs who couldn’t get one of the big publication companies to publish their book. Like us against the corporate giants. Silly me. What has self-publishing unleashed on the world? A total disintegration of intelligence and the seemingly lack of pride in a really good piece of work. Does anyone take pride in their work any longer? The self-publishing enterprise has skewed the book industry and consumers. It is extremely hard to find a really good book. The consumer has so much quantity thrown at them. Quantity in no way equals quality. This is in no way blanket statements. I am sure there is some self-publishing author I may have not stumbled onto that is a class act. And everyone realizes the problems in the big book publication industry. I don’t think flooding the market with self-publishing authors is the answer.
As I stated above, I am an avid reader but I think I would rather read one good book a year over and over again than a zillion of these attempts at writing a book. As with anything in this world, if a market is flooded and anyone can do it, nothing really shines any longer. We are left with a bunch of something but nothing of something good.
Happy reading to all!
Top reviews from other countries
-A good kingdom endangered by an evil empire on the other side of a physical and magical barrier.
-A prophesied Chosen One (complete with magic sword that needs to be lifted) whose identity is painfully obvious.
-The ignorant farmboy hero who desperately wants to be special and badass (and whose value is overlooked by his dull relatives).
-The "spunky" teenage princess rebelling against her authoritarian mother but loved by her understanding father.
-Love at first sight between the above two characters.
-The collection of super-helpful friends and unpleasant bullies in the organization the protagonist joins.
-The supposedly wise magician who speaks in cryptic utterances and natters on about destiny.
The appallingly cliched plot aside, the book is also poorly written. It makes far too much use of superlatives in describing things (e.g. characters being "the most beautiful person" or "the biggest man" the protagonist has ever seen), continually drops in redundant descriptions or information that could be shown rather than repeatedly told, and can't decide whether the characters are speaking Ye Olde Standarde Fantasye Englishe or Generic American Highschool-Speak. The plot happens at breakneck speed, our hero going in the space of seemingly a few days back and forth between anonymous peasant, mysterious magic-wielder, honorary-royal squire, feted hero of the day, unhappy military pariah, boyfriend to the heir to the throne, ignored Cassandra and prisoner. Finally, it doesn't seem to have a consistent target audience - the simplistic, seen-it-a-million-times plot and black-and-white characterization suggest perhaps a pre-teen audience (assuming the author has a low opinion of 10-12-year-olds' intelligence, reading ability and genre savvinesss). However, the book also has occasional vague flashes of Song of Ice and Fire-style "grittiness" which might be expected to deter paranoid parents from giving it to their precious impressionable offspring, like alcoholism, brothels and gay characters (evil ones, of course).
In short: a total mess, the kind of thing that gives the fantasy genre a bad reputation. Avoid except as something to point and laugh at (this book is free on Google Play, presumably to promote the no-doubt numerous sequels)
I cannot tell if the intended target audience is children or if it was just written by one.
The author is trying to cover nearly every main theme of the fantasy genre. Unfortunately they have all been done before in a much better style and more in depth. The characters are flimsy and the plot lines are transparent.
I have wasted my money by buying the entire series before I started reading the first part. I will read all of the series but only to see if I have correctly worked out how it is all going finish.
There are a few words which are incorrect, but some word choices seem to be due to American English rather than UK language. Continuity is not a strong point, for example we are told Thor has a very sore head after waking the morning after the night in the alehouse but later in the story we are told he only had a sip of ale, and some of the days seem to be much longer than 24 hours!
In general I think this a good story for children.