- File Size: 577 KB
- Print Length: 214 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Firebound Books (December 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078BPL2NR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Runaway Knight (Empire of Dragons Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Alexa is an empress who has power yet doesn’t have power so her role is very confusing actually. In one instance it seems that she is obeying her advisors around her by not condemning their actions, yet she acts out on her own through a couple instances in the novel which I won’t spoil. This dichotomy is rather contradictory and if she has enough gall and courage to do one thing, she should have also the strength to get rid of the main problem in her castle, and who she knows to be a problem in her castle. Also, an event that happens to this character later in the story is cool, but does seem rather contrived and forced without too much of proper explanation or limitation on the ability she is granted. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing for now, as it does happen later in the novel, hopefully May expands on this in the following sequels to come.
Temus’s character is by far the weakest. He is a child of a former chieftain (who happened to be an alcoholic) and is reluctant to fill his father’s role. People amongst the tribe hate this character for no particular reason other than his father was a drunk. What that father did when he was a drunk and why he was such a bad chieftan (just because he’s a drunk doesn’t mean he’s a bad individual, take any great writer for example from Hemingway to Fitzgerald) is left unexplained and creates the rather tenuous relationship between Temus and others in the book. In an instant, he decides he wants to just run away and leave everything behind and for much of the novel has acted like a child (trying to steal things when he shouldn’t be stealing things, causing mischief on the Long Road, being selfish about his life over another character’s, etc.) By novels end, however, he has a monumental breakthrough, almost like an epiphany, and decides that he is more of an adult, arguing with the elders he is with. To me, his character just wasn’t believable, but could have been believable if there was more of a natural progression.
Grammatical issues throughout the novel also distracted me from fully enjoying it. To Rob’s credit, however, his vocabulary is astounding and uses proper word choice (unless it’s a typo) for most instances.
I think if Temus’s character would have been left out, I would have enjoyed this novel enough to give it a four-star review. As it stands, I couldn’t connect with his character enough (nor other characters who hate Temus or love him) because their relationship wasn’t built strong enough. That coupled with the distracting grammatical errors weaken what easily could have been a 4-star or higher review. Therefore I give The Runaway Knight 3 out of 5 stars.