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"THE SORCERER'S RING has all the ingredientsfor an instant success: plots, counterplots, mystery, valiant knights, andblossoming relationships replete with broken hearts, deception and betrayal. Itwill keep you entertained for hours, and will satisfy all ages. Recommended forthe permanent library of all fantasy readers." --Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos "[An] entertaining epic fantasy." --Kirkus Reviews "The beginnings of something remarkable arethere." --San Francisco Book Review "Action-packed .... Rice's writing is solid andthe premise intriguing." --Publishers Weekly "A spirited fantasy ....Only the beginning ofwhat promises to be an epic young adult series." --Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Morgan Rice is the #1 bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the epic fantasy series THE SORCERER'S RING, comprising seventeen books; of the #1 bestselling series THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, comprising twelve books; of the new vampire series VAMPIRE, FALLEN; of the #1 bestselling series THE SURVIVAL TRILOGY, a post-apocalyptic thriller comprising three books; of the #1 bestselling epic fantasy series KINGS AND SORCERERS, comprising six books; of the new epic fantasy series THE WAY OF STEEL; and of the new epic fantasy series OF CROWNS AND GLORY, comprising two books (and counting). Morgan's books are available in audio and print editions, and translations are available in over 25 languages.
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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A Quest of Heroes is the first book in a very long series. It is a book with many plot concepts lifted from other well-known stories. It is also a book that tries very hard to be good, but trips over its own feet in the telling.
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.
This is the first book I have read by this author, and now I know it will certainly not be the last. Thor, a commoner from a non distinct village in the South, dreams of becoming a Knight in the Kings legion from a time as far back as he can remember. When he is passed over, his instincts and tenacity spring into action and the rest is history. An easy read, with a compelling storyline. On to book 2.
A compelling tale of court intrigue, love, and mystery wrapped up in a coming-of-age story par excellance. Definitely a page-turner with interesting characters that you will really care about. Ends in a cliffhanger that demands resolution!
This story really gets you hoping and pulling for the commoner underdog Thor. He seems to have come so far, even into the Kings own trust, only to quickly lose all! It makes me wonder how he will possibly get himself out of this undeserved predicument.
If you have a reading level higher than a fifth grader, do not start this series. I tried to finish it. By book 6, I quit trying. Book 1 starts out as very intriguing. It didn't take long before I realized that I had made a mistake. The writing is poor, the grammer is horrible, the spelling is extremely sub-par, the redundancies are mind numbing and the books just slog on so u will continue to spend money. The series gets no better as it goes. Trust me, I made it as far as I did in this series on the hope that it would, somehow, improve. Characters are certain they are facing their death at the end of nearly every chapter, and are then saved at the last possible second by the start of the next. Repeat...over and over and over. They make decisions that make absolutely no sense and they get looked at with a new sense of awe and respect at the end of practically every page. I have never not finished a series before and I gave this one an honest chance. I wish I hadn't. Every book is practically the same story with little to no plot advancement. It's a shame, it could have been a good story. The writing killed it. Anyone who compares these works to heavy hitters like Tolkein or GRRM, is absolutely insane. There is no way this series made any legitimate #1 bestseller list. Ms Rice, please, for all that is good and holy, hire an editor and proof reader.