- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: James Somers
- Audible.com Release Date: November 21, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GTI0BEM
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The Realm Shift: Realm Shift Trilogy, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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Unfortunately, this work cannot be ranked among these successes.
The book follows the classic format of young farm boy discovers he has hidden talents which enable him to conquer evil and save the world. It's been done a million times and despite the repetition can be very enjoyable to read.
I think my main problem with this work is that it's too clearly separated into Good and Evil. The hero has set himself up as a force for Good, but despite his weaknesses never falters. For some reason he has an unshakable faith which allows him to work miracles. But why? He has every reason to question his faith, but never does. He has no apparent religious training. There's no church or other ritual practices that might support his faith. It's just there.
There's never any question about whether people he encounters are good or bad - there are no shades of grey. He's either making friends immediately or forging enemies. People who drink or do drugs are BAD and subject to demonic possession. People who are Good drink fruit juice.
Even though fairly early on it's clear demonic forces are influencing both sides, any questioning of the rightness of the forces of Good is attributed to demonic influence.
For some reason the naming of everything from the Bible or the Arthurian saga didn't bother me as much as naming the Azure sea. Really? That's the most your imagination came up with? Blue sea? And then of course the ignorant farm boy knew to compare the blue sea to sapphires, though where he would have seen sapphires is beyond me.Read more ›
As a fantasy story (even with obvious religious overtones), I enjoyed it just for the reading. We have a very confused individual who is special and is becoming involved in momentous events. The story flowed and never slowed down. Would like to have seen the volume be a bit longer. And it looks like the editing has been redone as I did not see those errors.
Now, if one expects a bit more than fantasy reading, then there are a few nits/pics about this story and character that are mentioned in other reviews. Since I am not looking for 'deeper meaning' in my SCI FI reading, I liked it and look forward to the other two episodes.
First off, the good. The story is paced pretty well and moves along just fine. There are no drawn-out descriptive passages.
So that's the good. All of it.
Now, the bad. That same pacing and lack of descriptive passages means there is almost no backstory here. We're immediately introduced to these characters and off we go. At one end of the spectrum is Robert Jordan or Steven Erikson(in particular) who have well-thought out, if occasionally burdensome places, races, events of the past, etc. Sometimes they can be a bit overwhelming. But here we have the exact opposite and it leaves the story rather unsatisfying.
Also, as numerous people have noted, the books are in serious need of an editor. I read about sword fights with "lunges and faints", and sentences like "Anyone remotely alert wonder why he was here." and "A had cannon fired". It's rather jarring.
I sometimes think the Internet has had the same effect on books as it has on music. The ability to self-publish books and release music digitally has been a mixed blessing. Sometimes bands that would otherwise not have been widely heard or authors that would not have been widely heard have found an audience. That's great. However, I also think this "democratization" has really lowered the quality bar of what's out there for both music and books. In a world where a publisher had to be involved in getting this book out there, it would never have seen the light of day, or would have done so as a radically different final product.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good series and idea for a story. Would have liked less violence.Published 4 months ago by Anna
This probably entertained me in ways it wasn't meant to, but I did enjoy it for that regardless.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I LOVED THIS BOOK FOR SO MANY REASONS!!!! It is such an engaging experience! The writing style, the use of idioms and soliloquy were outstanding!!! Read morePublished 14 months ago by HIRIndeed
Really enjoyed the adventure! This is my first time reading Somers and now I have a new author to add to my favorites.
Now off to the next book!
After reading many fantasy books, this one fits pretty well on my favorite list.Published 16 months ago by Moises H. M.