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- ASIN : B01EPTM89W
- Publication date : April 23, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3762 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 233 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #281,564 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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A few comments:
1. Alien species seem limitless
2. Most aliens appear monster like and most seem to have rotten breath & sharp teeth. That description got old. One, Methusa, had such awful breath the main character smelled it across the room
3. He put a balrog in this book. Yep, took a creature from Tolkien's stories, a fallen Maia, and put it in. Interesting
- Great action scenes. Well-detailed, fast paced, very cinematic.
- Had a very visual Star Wars inspired feel, especially with aliens.
- Interesting environments. Loved the use of odd weather.
- I liked the backstory involving humanity and what it meant for the protagonist.
- Couldn't put the book down once it got going (about 1/3 in)
- The main character is flawed enough to be interesting. You know he's usually going to the right thing, but he messes up a lot too and is tempted by selfishness.
- Had a very boring and non space-opera feel for first 30% of book.
- I had trouble accepting a basic premise of the story: that the main character could confidently resolve ALL fights, regardless of circumstance, with one punch.
- No major plot arc. Reads like a fantasy travel-adventure but without a quest of any kind. The main characters are young, have no goal, and are completely reactionary. There's no moment where they make a choice and set out to accomplish something beyond moment-to-moment survival.
- The most significant character change and proactive choice of the protagonist happens "off-camera" during a time jump between two chapters.
- A few minor spelling and formatting issues, but not too many.
- The protagonist's behavior, overall theme, and narrator's use of modern slang seemed juvenile and may "draw aggro".
- The repetitious use of mixed metaphors were sharp enough to slice bread. If only the book's editor could cut so well.
Top reviews from other countries
I was right on the second count. To its credit, The Shadow Order isn't what I thought it would be, but the rest of the book was pretty dull. It seemed like the story was just drifting along in no particular direction. I don't like Seb, he has very little that is interesting about him, and it is obvious he is a good guy. Sparks? She was very "meh" to me. The time slowing down scenes, or fighting? You knew that Seb would always win, so what was the point?
There just seemed to be a whole bunch of random encounters that had no meaning, no bearing on each other, no relation to each other, and then suddenly you are back where you started and oh, this particular person isn't who you thought they were. Wow.
It is unfortunate because the world building is promising. Everyone hates humans because they tried to create an empire? Great stuff. Exotic aliens and crazy planets that aren't single biome? Awesome. Space flight? Woot! Scum and villainy? You bet. But the story just did not interest me because it would be generous to say there even is one.
I will not be reading any others in this series unless I run out of other books.
The main character in this book is called Seb. He starts off as a trouble maker under the rule of his fathers thumb.
Without giving too much away that situation changes, and Seb ends up breaking his fathers promise not to fight.
Along the readers journey we meet another main character, a thief named Sparks. You end up liking her as the story develops.
Strange aliens galore are in this book, along with new worlds.
Overall 10/10 I look forward to reading book 2 of this space opera.
Really looking forward to the next book
I wish that amazon had a "not for me" rating rather than forcing us to star things, so three stars as that's half way and, as I know that I couldn't write a book, it seems unfair to give fewer.