- File Size: 1377 KB
- Print Length: 351 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010TZD0GQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Son of Soron (Stoneblood Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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To Editing: The editing is miserable. You can read all the other comments detailing how painful it is to slog through the poor editing and try to figure out which character the author is talking about. No kidding, the author mixes up his characters' names from time to time, and that is highly annoying for me. Unfortunately that wasn't the deal-breaker.
The Dialog: Listening to these characters talk to each other was painful. Read this aloud and you will soon realize that no-one talks like this. The dialog is very stilted and awkward and pulls you out of the story. The characters use absolutely no contractions and their speech patterns are all the same. None of them talk differently from each other. Let me Explain: I like to use the word 'Obnoxious' and my friend likes to use the word 'annoying.' So we each say the same general sentence differently.
Me: That's obnoxious.
My Friend: That's annoying.
See the difference? That's one of the difference between an 'okay' or 'decent' author and the greats like Tolkien. Tolkien made his character's vocabulary and speech patterns differently. Some used slang and contractions, while others used flowery words and poetry to convey their thoughts. In this book, the vocabulary of each of the characters is basically the same.
The Time-Frame Issues: The author obviously didn't put any research behind any of the skills these characters posses. They master tough crafts like archery and sword fighting in a few weeks. I have been shooting a bow since I was ten and I still miss my shots, while the main character mastered archery in just over/under a month. In addition to that, the time-frame of the hero forging items is very unrealistic, as he manages to complete what should have taken months. The facade of magic doesn't explain Sharon's sudden combat abilities, nor does 'natural skill,. so the author has nothing to fall back on. In addition to that, I feel the facade of 'it's magic' is used much too often in this book. Often used to write away the glaring time frame issues.
The Main Character: The main character is... painful. He's supposed to be a young man struggling to find his purpose and lot in life. At least that's what the book wants you to think. He doesn't develop much after the killing of his parents, even though his abilities do. The side characters also suffer the same issue. He doesn't ever demonstrate psychological issues from the murder of his parents then the subsequent murder of his entire village. Or the bodies he has piling up. That either indicates that he's a sociopath or... poor writing(I believe it's the latter). This guy should be almost in shambles with everything that's happened, even if he manages to hold it together on the outside. Also, he never seems to ponder his parents or the villagers or the people he has killed death's. He should at least think of them a little or have nightmares about them, but no, he lives in perfect bliss. He should have Survivor's Guilt and a horde of other issues at this point. Either that or the main character is too dense to be having thoughts this high level. There are other flaws with the main character that you will pick up on in your reading of the book.
The Side Characters: They don't exist. Seriously. They are very basic outlines that weren't fleshed out with details. They have very basic backstories and two-dimensional personalities with one dominant trait. In addition, the characters don't develop much. Their abilities develop, but not the actual characters themselves.
Ava: Childhood friend who turns into lover. 'Smarter' than the hero but always needs to be rescued. Really hot. Becomes an amazing healers.
Sharon: Another childhood friend, but is older than him. Flirtatious and suffers issues from her kidnapping. Really hot. Becomes an amazing warrior.
Rose: Ava's spunky kid sister... yes that's all she is. She is used to provide 'comedic relief' with jokes that fall flat with the reader.
Compliments: This is an AWESOME idea, but executed very poorly. Honestly, with a little more editing most of these issues could be fixed easily. The more complicated issue is fixing the characters, which will need a lot of love to come to life. Rose is the most flat character, so she will be the hardest to fix. Unfortunately the main character will need a lot of help to actually convince me to read past the third book.
If the author wants to ask me why I wrote such a negative review, etc. email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you all find this review useful, as it is very long-winded.
Negatives: Typical coming of age story; this time with Superboy and his incredible powers and zero faults. Tragedy strikes and Superboy, who is a beginning mage, a master blacksmith, a journeyman warrior, an archer, and also only 14. Amazing, huh! Too bad the author isn't Super-editor. The book mixes up names, verb tense, and many other aspects of writing. The author writes as if he is 14 too, but his picture is of an adult.
Positives: Nice flowing story, a quick read, like-able friends and despicable foes. Your little ones can read this and stay innocent, though I'd wait for an edited copy to come out. This is a new release and needs some finishing touches. Though I picked on the guy in the first paragraph, he shows a lot of promise too and I'll keep an eye on his stuff.
One advisory for parents though, the book contains a good deal of death and while off-page, there is also rape, so this may not be best for younger readers, meaning I would advise parents to read first. As I said, it is off-page, and while the repercussions haven't been fully explored by book two, I honestly hope the author deals with them later.
On a side note, book one seems better edited than book two. Book two seems to have many more grammar and usage mistakes than book one, perhaps the author was just rushed, or perhaps I didn't notice them in book one.
Again, overall a decent story and as part of Kindle Unlimited I will probably continue on with the series as it is released.
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never got bored. The next book should be as good as the first
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