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The Seven (Fist of Light Series Book 1) by [Edgington, Derek]
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The following book in this series is Leviathan.

About the Author

Derek Edgington is a seventeen-year-old teen from the small town of Pleasanton, CA. His artistic talents are famed for their stick figures and abstract qualities, for that is the only way you can describe inadequacy in the visual art form. Derek finds it incredibly surreal to write about himself in the third person. Being a prolific reader within the realm of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, one could only expect to pick up a thing or two, if only by reverse osmosis. He tried and failed to write his first two novels at 12 and 14, but found that he hadn't the depth of thought for such an undertaking. At 17 he tried again, the writing flowed in a way he had never experienced and The Seven was born. Thank you to all those who have taken a chance on this novel; I hoped you enjoyed reading it as much as I obsessed over writing the damn thing. This book is planned to be a series, the next one to be titled Leviathan. For more info (or if you're so bored you can't see straight) visit derekedgington.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1044 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985008946
  • Publisher: Derek Edgington Productions; 2 edition (January 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X9H4RE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By gcap on January 19, 2012
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I am usually a fairly picky reader when it comes to fantasy. I almost never read what other people recommend and always select my own books. The Seven was undoubtedly one of the better novels I have read. Caleb Holden's witty sense of humor and unique outlook on life reminded me much of friends I had in my youth. It was an amazing read and I didn't skim or skip a single page. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a compelling and artistic look into the life of modern fantasy.
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I read the sample, which is the first 2 chapters. This is written in first person by a seventeen year old character that has been on the run, in and out of foster care, and sometimes homeless for the last 5 years. The following are examples of how he talks and thinks:

The Squeaking of aged wood marked my progress as I wandered towards the smell of food.
"Capricious, like a hummingbird," went the apt description.
Expelling a groan at the loss of life-saving heat...
The suggestion was obviously poised so that I would be brought back to the topic at hand, with a little downgrade of social status.
Sparkling blue eyes sat under carefully manicured eyebrows. His reddish-golden locks tumbled down over his face in a pleasing disarray, the fad that apparently had become popular since I instigated it.
History was a rather droll affair...
My best reassuring smirk was tendered.
Jas's concentration wavered and then panned to his left.
The lunchtime bell rang with crystal clarity from the food courtyard to the grand stand. I polished off the last of my apple and threw my detritus in one of the provided trashcans that were spaced periodically throughout the seating area.
I made it outside the door before recalling the pressing necessity of waiting for Jas.
...but we were far enough distanced to make it an arduous task to discern the contours of expression.

Who talks like that? Not any 17 year old's I know, or adults for that matter. That is a just a sample. There are dozens of other words and phrases similar to those. It just doesn't work for me for this character. I feel like the author is trying to impress me with his vocabulary and ability to create unique, descriptive sentences. They are great words, but overkill and distracting. The story so far is just too much detail of inconsequential matters. I'm just not interested. I will not be finishing this book.
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I will give the author this, he knows how to make a hook in the first few chapters but after that it goes downhill pretty fast, this book is reminiscent of several stories I attempted to start my sophomore year of high school. Here is my advice to you one, don't try and astound us with your superior vocabulary it just makes your story seem like you wrote it with contempt towards everyone not as smart as you, two take a writing course or buy a self-help book learn to make a story FLOW to me it seemed you spent to much time on descriptions, three make your character less sure of themself it makes it more believable to the readers, and four find some peers who you can talk to if you are having trouble (a significant other is the best you can get in my opinion but that's me). When you have done that please rewrite this cause you have a great idea however the execution is sorely lacking.
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The Seven follows the life of Caleb Holden, a young man who has spent the last several years living on the streets. When Caleb was 12 years old men broke into his parents house and he followed the established family plan and grabbed some money and ran. He has kept hope alive for 5 years believing that his parents are out somewhere looking for him.

When Caleb gets put into a pretty nice orphanage after getting picked up off the street he decides to stick around for a while. He meets some people that actually have a chance at becoming friends for him. Living on the street for so long has given him some pretty major trust issues so that would be a first. As Caleb is enrolled in the local highschool he starts to learn that everything is not as it seems and trolls and goblins really do exist. Jas is another kid in school who Caleb forms a bond with and sort of walks him through all of the new discoveries he is making.

The negatives to the story are the dialogue being a bit advanced for most highschool kids and especially one who has spent a good portion of his life on the street. The other big issue I found was how much time Caleb spent inside his own head. I don't mean the training exercises he was being taught to do, but he has a very analytical mind and the reader is shown a bit too much of his though processes. There were times when I thought this slowed the book down a bit.

The good aspects were many and made the book a worthwhile read despite my earlier criticisms. The powers that were revealed in the book were well done with the specializations and the applications of them. The Were clans were also an excellent addition to the supernatural cast and they were used in a way that is a bit atypical for shapeshifters. This is a good read from a young other who shows an amazing amount of promise.

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I stopped reading this book. I kept giving it a chance, but it never got past the feel of an English assignment where the author was told to make every sentence as proper and descriptive as possible (including the character dialogue, which pushed this too far over the edge). The high-brow tone of the story is marred by misuse of common words (e.g., then/than), and the switch from aloof to familiar ("What, don't look at me that way," used on several occasions) clashed in a way that did not add value to the telling. The unbelievable plot leaps made it difficult for me to become truly engaged in the story, and I kept thinking, "Sparkly vampires will show up at any minute". Considering the age of the author, it's an impressive effort; but this is not a five-star story.
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