- File Size: 2419 KB
- Print Length: 447 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519370393
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 28, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015XAJR1Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Xan the main charterer is heading towards a drug addiction and as a medical practitioner he is proscribing additive drugs for himself. But this sideline sub plot then disappears? What happened did he best it, stop of just start taking drugs regularly? Xan is rescued by his friends but feels no gratefulness and in fact they argue about petty things. Their conversations add little to plot, are not funny and make you dislike the characters petty arguments. Xan comes across as a whiny nerd.
His friends are just as bad. Brant is a misogynist sexual predator player who wants to play soldier. He gets his feelings hurt and decides to undercut his best friends love attempts, even though the whole point of their adventures was to support them. He screws up as a soldier by disobeying orders. He comes across as petty, narcissistic, pompous and also not very likable.
Lainey (Xan's sister) is one sided overly stubborn tomboy who's only value seem to be she is undeniably and stupidly loyal to her brother. While this a nice trait it hardly is enough to build a character. Dylan their friend has no personality and only trait seems to be helping his friends and plotting how to build the family business. He is a non entity. I won't elaborate on the minor characters but they are also one sided, stereotypical, and unlikable.
Good potential story ruined by inconsistent one sided characters and lack of editing.
The book is good, with some aspects that bothered me enough that I cannot give it a stronger endorsement. They may not bother other readers, though, so I'll explain.
First of all, the premise and plot are the book's strongest points. I like where magic is at the beginning, and how our perceptions of it change as we go. This is handled well. The world itself is fairly well-conceived and interesting. The author writes well, with only a few copy-editing gaffes. I'd have to say in all these respects the book is a cut above most others in its genre.
Weaker points are the characterization and the dialog. The characters are somewhat stereotypical, and while they do grow, they grow in fairly predictable ways. There is one, and I cannot say who without giving too much away, who starts out very stereotyped but who turns out to surprise, and that was welcome. In all, the characters are interesting enough, and even secondary characters are fairly distinct. Some of the interactions between the main characters were either contrived or did not ring true for me.
The dialog did annoy me. Not constantly, but recurring right through the book. The author has the characters use modern slang. Not often. One can go through quite a few pages without a false note. But then a character will ask the other if "we're cool" or will say "that's so not right". It was done consistently enough that I think the author was choosing this voice deliberately, and perhaps there are readers whom it will not bother, or who may even appreciate the more modern tone. But for me, it was worth a whole star in itself. I want people in another world to talk like people in another world, not like the kid down the street.
I should add that this book is part of a series. I did not read the first volume and never realized it until I read another review here. This absolutely can be read as a standalone, which I appreciate. The author had a specific story to tell and he told it. There's a sequel coming, and the handoff to the next one is good.
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