- File Size: 4819 KB
- Print Length: 382 pages
- Publisher: Runaway Pen (November 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007V5XND8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,858 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Sora's Quest (The Cat's Eye Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The story is generally well-written, with a confident narration, smooth pacing and discernible character traits. While it has a couple of editing errors that seem to infect the self-publishing world, they are fewer than most and rarely distract. It's a recognizable sword and sorcery style tale, with a slightly different world and some non-traditional races (no elves or dwarfs, but wolfies and harpies.)
What "Sora's Quest" lacks is logic and motivation behind the "plot".
First off, Sora seems remarkably unconcerned that her father was murdered right in front of her. Perhaps they weren't the closest father and daughter, but the man did see her raised in luxury after dear old mom mysteriously abandoned them while Sora was still a baby, and Sora was his heir to the estate, so you'd think she'd feel something about his death (and perhaps some concern to all the servants and serfs she's abandoned.) Secondly, she's remarkably incurious about it: she never once asks the assassin why he killed father.
At some point (it's not clear when) Sora decides she'd like to find her mother (this is presumably the "quest" of the title, though it's not very clear.) Why she thinks so highly of the mother who abandoned her and so little of the father who actually raised her is a total mystery.
But then, there's no reason to any of what's going on. The trio of brigands she's fallen in with (fastest onset Stockholm Syndrome ever) never say where they're going, or why; and Sora never asks. Nor is it clear why they must take a especially dangerous route through accursed terrain. (It appears Sora's inherited magical Cat's Eye pendant may offer them some protection from this curse, which makes her useful to the brigands; but since they didn't know she had it when they abducted her, one wonders what their original plan was.)
I get that this is supposed to be a relatively light, young-adult story, but it still seems to me there should be some sense of purpose behind all the activity, and some believability to Sora's emotions.
very short synopsis-I'll try to be generic and not give anything away!:
Sora is a noble of the second tier. She's discontent with her dull life and affectionless father, and so on the eve of her coming out she decides to run away. An assassin spoils her plans by murdering her father and inadvertently kidnapping her. Sora ends up in a dangerous situation with an assassin and two wolvens (magical beings thought to be extinct). Unfortunately for Sora, her disappearing at the same time as her father's murder puts her under suspicion.
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