- File Size: 1085 KB
- Print Length: 424 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CHVBO4Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Servant of Steel (Chaos Awakens Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It has some great characters. Xan has a dry, fatalistic (though he doesn't believe in fate) sense of humour that I really appreciated. In fact, it carried the book for me. The world-building is fairly rich and other than editing (which is honestly in need of a little more attention) the writing is pretty good. But the whole book is a series of tasks, set one on top of the other and, in the end, any attempted climax just felt like one more hill on a long journey. It tends to sap the tension out of a story.
Also, there are a couple questionable coincidences that, unless later explained to have been arranged, are beyond believable. So much, in fact, that even the book comments on how lucky one in particular is.
My final say is that the book is worth reading, though, and I'll be looking for the sequels.
I'm not anal about spelling and grammar. While annoying, those types of mistakes rarely take me out of the story. The area that really shows the need of an editor is the often meandering/rambling narrative, that will repeat itself on more than one occasion. It's natural to write by spilling one's thoughts onto the page, as one is caught up in telling a story, but it's the editor's job to catch this type of repetition and pull the chafe so to speak. There are many instances where the chafe should have been pulled.
As I said, putting the technical issues aside, the story is entertaining, though there is one plot point that does take the suspension of disbelief a bit far (sure, it's fantasy, but things should still make sense within the framework of the setting), and it concerns the obsession the mages appear to have with our protagonist.