- File Size: 781 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Publisher: Alexey Glushanovsky; 1 edition (February 6, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 6, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BCQN0A8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,147 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Road to Magic (Way of the Demon Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Plot - 4.5/5
The plot is fairly interesting and while there are a few decisions that he hero makes which are a bit strange, the story is still intriguing enough to hold your interest. There is plenty of action with a sprinkling of romance and a big heap of adventuring.
Characters - 4/5
The characters are for the most part fully fleshed-out and interesting, there are however a few that are pretty flat but they are few and far between. The protagonist is fairly interesting and his (mis)adventures (not to mention his snide remarks) are full of humor.
Grammar & Editing - 4/5
For a first book the grammar is consistently good, but as always, the lack of a professional editor is evident every now and then. I.E hoards (as in treasure) of people instead of hordes (like hordes of orcs) of people. Since this is the author's first novel, the grammar and editing are rather on the better end of the scale for indie authors.
Overall - 4.5/5
In all honesty if this was the author's 5th or 6th book or if he had a professional editor, I wouldn't have given the book anything higher than a 3.5, but as a first book it great. I will gladly buy Alexey's next novel because I like what I have seen so far and I believe he will continue to improve.
P.S. There was one thing that really ruined the experience for me and that was when a character began to swear profusely, however all we got was ****. The book already has blood violence and sex, it is obviously not meant for children, so I don't really understand why the author didn't just go ahead and write what was being said? The instances of foul language were few, however the author's awkward handling of those situations kind of ruined those moments for me. Please Alexey either go all out and write what the characters are saying, or use euphemisms as necessary but please never use ***** again, it just ruins the flow of the story.
I do have some criticisms though:
1) Swear words. Use them or don't use them, but never ever replace them with stars. Lame.
2) General editing was poor. Lots of overly long paragraphs, overuse of parenthesis, and even direct violations of the reader contract. By this I mean, things like the word "unprintable" and "(i.e. suspended animation, please check your dictionary)," should never appear in a story.
3) I'm very confused as to how it can be that someone who just died and was resurrected never once thinks about his past life. Nor does it make much sense to me that the main character instantly forms a strong attachment to Heliona.
So how can I still give this 5 stars? It's good anyway and I'm hoping for better in the sequel :)
Somewhat reminiscent to me of Alan Dean Foster's "Spellsinger" series, and if you enjoyed one you might want to try the other.
A nice set of characters, well written action, and just enough humor to make it interesting without sliding into comedy.
A bit formulaic makes some of the events a bit too predictable. But usually with enough of a twist to not be stale.
I cannot help but agree with a previous reviewer, the **** and f___ in place of any swearing just grate. Even playing fill in the blank fails to make sense of some of the epithets. Maybe they fail to translate, or were too idiomatic. Regardless, you have sex, gore, violence, why only edit the swearing???
I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.