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- Print Length: 297 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dana Marton; 2 edition (March 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U6PJ14K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tera who is our healing heroine starts out in the usual manner in epic fantasy as someone who is nobody much but has a bit of a hidden past and unknown powers. The reason you see this so much in epic fantasy is that it appeals to those of us who enjoy these type stories. It's not a bad thing, just something to work through.
She has a pretty horrible existence for a goodly portion of this novel but this is leading to more discovery and growth in our heroine. While most of it was interesting and done well i have to admit to doing a bit of scanning in several places in the latter half of the book where the action slowed and I seemed to be seeing more descriptions of scenery than anything that added a lot to the story (I felt the same way about Lord of the Rings so take that into consideration).
I really enjoyed the story although at least one of the transformations from evil to good I found a small bit lacking, but some of this I guess could be explained away due to a culture that was a bit barbaric.
I REALLY wanted to see a bit of revenge for earlier horrid moments but did not get it, maybe in a subsequent book maybe? I am pretty much a revenge junkie at all levels.
While you know that everything is not going to be resolved in book 1, I was pleasantly surprised to find an ending that was both satisfying and intriguing enough to not frustrate you but still make you look forward to the next novel in the series (trilogy?)
Bottom Line: I enjoyed it, I liked the characters although most of them went through portions of the book where I was not so enamored with them so a few of them needed some getting used to and the ending felt a wee bit rushed IMHO. This was still an easy 4 Star reading experience and wonder what awaits in the next one. The middle books in these type tales (assuming a trilogy) are the ones that are hard to get right, hopefully it will be at least as good as this one without getting mired down in minutia. Highly recommended 4 Stars
What I would have liked to know before I bought this book. (minor spoilers)
1. What type of book is it: adventure, action, drama, etc? This is mostly a romance story with a tiny bit of magic thrown in.
2. What is the story about, in general? The story is about Tera and the love she finds after she’s unwittingly sold into slavery. There is a self-fulfilling prophecy and a military enemy thrown into the mix, but these are ambient effects for the romance.
3. What/Who is the target audience? Teenage, YA and adult ladies. Those who can appreciate very feminine romance might also enjoy the read, regardless of genre.
4. How is the editing and proofreading? This book enjoyed some editing or the author understood the nuances of writing better than the average writer. Before the 20% mark, the only overused word I saw was ‘had’. After the 20% mark, passive verb/weak verb use within action scenes proliferated (was/were/to be), yet not too excessively. Overall, poetically structured sentences made this read a treat. The proofreading was quite well done, with only a few punctuation errors and one or two words missing.
5. Is there character development or exploration? Yes. Tera's overall role is stereotypical: the nurse, the healer, the caretaker, but that does not diminish role evolution. The entire book is about character development and exploration. It is very focused around Tera and her direct environment. The entire book exudes 'oppressive control'. The heroine is always trapped, always bound by an unyielding society that values her abilities, not her person.
6. Are the characters likable? I found the character synergy to be stifling, but not out of proportion to the cultures in question. Thus, its synergy that matches the scope of the story.
7. Do you have to suspend disbelief? If we view the story through contemporary eyes, the story might be considered a case of Stockholm syndrome. Besides that, I find the story believable, even sedentary.
8. Does the story keep its pacing? Yes. Tera undergoes many tribulations, and the reader experiences them with her. Understand that the story is based around Tera’s romantic relationship NOT around the background events that provide setting or atmosphere (battles, magic, mysteries).
9. Is the book worth the asking price? At 99 cents, this book is UNDERPRICED. This is a solid $5-$6 for the TARGET AUDIENCE.
In conclusion: A well paced romance story, with drama events and scenes. The romance explores male dominance, carnal attraction, trust, abuse, need, longing, family and other ‘lifetime TV’ topics. Though the main protagonist lacks enough nuances for a defined voice, her development and exploration more than balances such a lack. The author has a certain verbose style which I found strangely compelling. The editing is above average, with minor exceptions. The proofreading is quite good, with minor exceptions. The book is UNDERPRICED given the quality of editing, proofreading and the read in general.This is a solid story which fits smack in the genre it explores. The target audience might be quite pleased. Non-romantic buffs should avoid.