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- Print Length: 338 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Hidden Gnome Publishing (December 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RE68P8C
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The dual perspectives of The Elder Empire are well done, the only thing I'd like to see is even more conflict between the characters' goals. This is a good start, but I'm concerned that their objectives will too closely align in subsequent books, and if that occurs it would seem to lose the main thrust of this series and what makes it most interesting.
I recognize that it's probably challenging to write a story this way, but nevertheless I encourage the author to take full advantage of it and not weaken the idea by moving the characters in closer and closer alignment with eachother to the point that we might as well have a traditional novel series without the character split.
With the Elder Empire series, he's also created an interesting and somewhat unique character with Shera. Even the supporting cast are interesting. What I found most exciting was that you can use the words "strong female character" and find yourself feeling that in no way describes the character because she's MORE than that. Will also set himself up for failure when he dug a pit of romance between her and Lucan, but then he deftly avoids the pit and the two instead have a remarkable and more complex relationship than you thought it was going to be. Similarly, the interaction between Meia and Shera, which could have devolved into something spiteful and competitive is instead more rewarding than you thought it was going to be.
And that's Will's gift. He turns your expectations on their head.
I'd also like to point out that one of my pet peeves is a book where every alternate chapter is set at a different point in time, or telling a different story which seemingly doesn't bear relation on the other until the end. I really hate that. Hate it with a passion, because I always want to get back to the central story, or to the character I like. And, invariably, one is boring and the other is interesting.
It is, then, to Will's credit that he also smashes my expectation here. He shows he's a writer keen to skate the edge and has the skill to pull it off.
10/10 would take it to a desert island.
As with all his other work, Will Wight is an incredibly vivid writer. Characters, powers and their weapons all come alive through his eloquent descriptions. The story is fast and includes more than a couple shockers (sorry, no spoilers, so I will not go into much detail, but rest assured I was left with my mouth hanging open a few times - going back through and reading it again to make sure "Did that REALLY just happen?!?!").
The only problem I found was that the story structure was a little too confusing. In some places the chapter headings give a time frame (for example it will say in bold "Six years ago" or "six hundred years ago"), but this isn't always the case. And since some of the same characters are hanging out together over the course of many years, it can be hard to tell if the crew is hanging out with the emperor, or if we are in the current time, or somewhere in between.
It felt a little like a Tarantino movie, with multiple flashbacks mixed in with current events; so as long as you are comfortable just hanging on for the ride and enjoying the show, it's totally fine. Well, more than just fine. I found the story to be engaging! Read the entire book in a weekend, and immediately went to see if I could pre-order the next one in the series (not yet, bummer).
I highly recommend everything that Will writes. His first two series have so far demonstrated his talent as a storyteller and his progression as a writer. I'm excited to see what he does next!