- File Size: 2469 KB
- Print Length: 398 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 18, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UWEP842
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Shattered Crown (Legends of Ansu Book 4) Kindle Edition
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The Shattered Crown is a gripping story that takes the reader on a journey through enchanted forests, magical lakes, and worlds full of creatures that would give anyone chills!
Though the story of the Tekara, Queen Ariane, and Corin an Fol is a very well desgined and well written story, there is plenty of other content that is unnecessary to the storyline. For example, the cursing is outrageous, saying every word possible numerous, numerous times (the "f" word being used most in all contexts). The sexual content is also very high in regards to both scenes and comments (Corin, the main character of whom we read most of the book's perspective, seems to only think about sex regardless of what he is doing and makes a lot of comments about it). The blood and gore is not as high as the previously mentioned, but there is also a lot of dark magic and the antagonist is very, very evil, with the sexual scenes being him using a girl against her will.
Because everything just mentioned began to increase as the book wore on, I lost all interest in the storyline and therefore did not finish the book, so I cannot say anything else about the story. However, I will give credit to the author for his writing skills, character development, and story building as I would have probably loved the book had all of the negative content not been present. I give it 2 out of 5 stars and do not recommend it.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the publisher at my request and have chosen to write this unbiased review.
Herein we have a good story in a dark and gritty world told from an omniscient viewpoint.
But first, the narrator.
Andrew McDermott has a fair array of distinct voices, but unfortunately they all sound male. His accent worked well for character voices, but in the narration it made things just a bit difficult to understand at times. What dropped his performance to three stars, however, is that vocal inflections and tempo shifts are almost nonexistent.
In terms of plot, this is a good story with excellent pacing. The events flow into each other quite well.
I'll admit to uncertainty as to when this story takes place in relation to the other books, as at least the audible editions are not numbered, so I don't really know how much I'm missing.
That said, I have to confess that I'm not really a fan of the main character. I find him boorish and misogynistic and more than a bit egotistical. Of course, I think he's meant to be on all counts.
The queen, on the other hand, is a joy to read. She's equal parts grace, poise, and nobility. She's a fun and inspiring character that you can't help rooting for.
Although there are things in the world that didn't jive well with me, it seems to all be well thought out and interesting.
Now, there are a few issues.
The main one has to do with chronology.
The main character returns home after 14 years and for some reason the romantic interest he left behind is not only still unattached but more than happy to throw herself at him?
There's nothing here indicative of the level of obsession that situation would require. If it had been 5 years I could maybe see it. But given the provided details of just doesn't make sense.
Also, the "romance" (if you can call it that) between him and the queen feels so contrived I didn't quite know what to think. Nothing about it makes sense. Neither character has any reason that I can see to care one whit what happens to the other.
And lastly, the omniscient POV is both distracting and a little irritating. There are large swaths of narration that delve full on into things that none of the characters have any way of knowing about, and in many cases wouldn't care even if they did.
Finally, the ending.
This one is a little tricky.
The climax of the book is well written with the conclusion of a major conflict and was quite satisfying.
Then then we dive into a huge chunk of, basically, the narrator giving a treatise on the origins/nature of the gods and the world and some other tidbits that I won't give away.
In short, it doesn't seem to belong.
I could see it as an introduction to the book or, better yet, as a piece of bonus material provided to the author's newsletter or patreon subscribers. But placed at the end of the book just feels really out of place.
In the end, if you like the grittiness of Game of Thrones but want something shorter with less characters, this might be just the thing you're looking for.
But if character-driven fantasy with motivations that feel real is what you're after, you'll probably be happier looking elsewhere.