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The Royal Wizard (Dragonblood) Paperback – October 24, 2013
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Alianne is an avid lover of stories of all kinds. Having grown up with fairy tales in a place where it almost seemed they were real, it was no surprise when she began making up her own stories. She loves books, music, hiking, and archery, and won't shy away from travel and zip lining. Alianne graduated with a business degree and when she's not off in the land of fantasy, she lives in California. To find out more about Alianne's books and works in progress, visit her website at AlianneDonnelly.com.
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That's one of the main reasons I enjoyed this book. The author uses some basic elements of Norse mythology and creates a unique story that involves original characters who come into contact with some well-known major players from the ancient Norse tales.
And she doesn't shy away from showing both the light and dark sides to those characters and elements. I loved the way that ideas from several different types of stories were used in original ways. I loved the world she creates.
I only have two gripes, one being the relationship between the two main characters. The main characters, in my opinion, act ridiculous and silly when it comes to their relationship with one another, a fact that—when used sparingly—can lead to heightened suspense in the reader. However, in this case, it goes a bit overboard and becomes annoying. It didn't really ring true to me as a reader (and yes, I realize this is fantasy, but characters should still act according to some semblance of normal human behavior). But maybe that's just me.
My other issue is with the editing. Let me start by saying that it isn't terrible, and there aren't errors on every page. I've seen worse, and I've seen better. It can be distracting at times, though. I know that I can be a bit nit-picky because I am an editor (and an English teacher), but I'm pretty forgiving when written for style or effect. As an author myself, I know how successful these things can be when used properly, but that's not what I'm referring to here. When it's a small typo here and there, fine. There were quite a few blatant errors, many of which were repetitions of the same problems, something that could be fixed by an editor. I will say, though, that I've noticed more and more errors in TRADITIONALLY published books that would presumably have PROFESSIONAL, EXPERIENCED editors looking them over (it's scary at times). In those cases, I don't really blame the author, as it isn't their job to fix the problems, and they don't usually have a lot of say-so when they are contracted through a company. However, if you don't hire an editor (or you ignore what the editor tells you to fix), you have to own those mistakes yourself. So, I don't feel that this author is much different from popular authors in her writing ability (which is strong), but I do think she should take the time to make corrections.
In the end, though, the story is engrossing enough to keep you going. The ending made up for the slower beginning segments and answered many questions, leaving you with a clear sense of a satisfying ending to the story. I would be interested in reading the next book when it comes out, and I do have another of hers on hand to start soon. The Royal Wizard was worth the time and money spent, and I look forward to more of her work (and artwork, which she certainly has a gift for). I like her writing style and her ability to weave a great story, so I do recommend this book with a solid 3.5 stars.
It started out okay, but I got fed up with the tired old 'we can't be together because...' when it was perfectly clear that they would end up together in the end.
Actually, I was really annoyed to have the whole Norse mythology thing in the prologue/epilogue. I like Norse mythology, but I would have liked a hint in the blurb - admittedly, being completely over Norse mythology based books at the moment, I would not have bought this book if I had known. It just felt to me that Ms Donnelly was taking short cuts in her world building.
In my opinion a lot more could have been done with the characters and the storyline. I started off liking Nia, but I got over that fairly early on, the same with Saeran. And the whole grail thing....
Many of the elements were there to make this an epic story, but I felt that it fell short of the mark.
Oh, how I wanted to give this book 5 stars, 10 stars! As soon as I read the scene where the main characters met- I was hooked! I literally couldn't breathe reading this book. I lost time, hours. If not for having to do life activities, I would have done nothing but read until I was done. The romance was tragic and beautiful. Every scene between them, so perfectly done. Even all of the supporting characters, I loved them even when I didn't want to. I have seen this plot line SO many times, and this author did it better than every other one. Nia was such a wonderful female lead. Powerful and strong, yet filled with emotion at all of the right times.
I don't think this is a spoiler to say that they got together in the end.
But the way in which the author finally got them together at the very end- it just fell very flat. Upsettingly so.
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