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Sorcha's Heart (Sorcha's Children) Paperback – July 8, 2017
About the Author
A prolific copywriter by day, Debbie Mumford has been published in WMG Publishing’s Fiction River anthologies, Heart’s Kiss Magazine, Spinetingler Magazine, and other markets. She has also released several novels, novellas, and short story collections, including the popular Sorcha’s Children series. Find out more about Debbie’s work at debbiemumford.com or follow her on Facebook: @DebbieMumfordWrites. Join her newsletter list at eepurl.com/bTXLhX to receive an exclusive FREE story!
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It is a pleasant enough story, however it feels both short and incomplete as if this was a second or third draft. There are a lot of areas, plot points, and characters that could stand to be fleshed out and have some meat put on their bones, so to speak.
While I enjoyed the read, if the author ever went back, re wrote and expanded on some parts, I think it could grow from something pleasantly mediocre to a really great addition to the fantasy genre.
Overall, this is a nice enough book to read through on a rainy afternoon, and I certainly can't argue with the free cost.
If I had to critique this book from a writing stand point, this is what I'd point out to the author:
I think this book suffers from its lack of length and transitions. The opening was ok, but the sudden jump from Sorcha's conversation with her mother to suddenly finding the mysterious magic Jewel was jarring, as if she teleported there without thought. Here the book could have benefited from a chapter or few pages of Sorcha still at home, and what triggers her to ignore her mother's warning, perhaps a pulling feeling, or witnessing some gruesome event in the war.
I loved the parts where Sorcha is introduced to dragon society, and I would have liked to spend more time in that part, perhaps with some more written out dialogue of Sorcha flirting with her suitors, interactions with her teachers, maybe learning a new form of dragon magic, etc, perhaps some more conversations with the dragon who she 'likes'. They fall in love and choose a life bond far to quickly for my taste and have surprisingly little internal conflict in making huge life altering decisions. I mean, he gives up a kingship for her seemingly on a whim! Surely she must have more going for her then exotic colored scales.
It could also benefit from fleshing out the war a bit more, spending some time using Sorcha to see the war's effects on both sides. She talks about them, but I think 'show, don't tell' applies here. There is also the possibility of political or courtly intrigue when convincing the human king to make peace. The human society could stand some fleshing out, perhaps with protest from different advisors, courtisans, craft-masters, and more about the wizards, their society and their impact on the king's laws.
I have to say this story is one I could easily see separated into a trilogy.
1 - We have our map of the land and learn about the people in it, then the war with dragons begins, and it ends after a major event leads to a peace all know is temporary. During it all, we get to know Sorcha and follow her progress as she becomes more powerful.
2 - Sorcha makes her choice after the peace is disrupted, and we follow her on her journey to the lagoon and share in her adventures after becoming a dragon. Maybe more adversity to overcome with the flight. It ends with her eventual acceptance while trouble still brews between the races.
3 - Not going to spoil it more than I have, so let's just say the last of the series could encompass all that happens next, only more detailed.
The story does feel a little rushed, especially if you're accustomed to longer novels or series that would usually spread the high points farther apart while providing more to emotionally engage you and add drama.
Otherwise.... The way I see it, if the main fault of a story is that you crave more of it, it's a pretty good story!
To address the sexual content some reviewers complained about, there are only 2 scenes. They are not detailed or vulgar or lengthy. They are not casual encounters of promiscuity but natural expressions of a couple bonded for life. It does bother me that it's becoming increasingly harder (in general) to find books without romance or sex in them, but in this case it wasn't cheesy and didn't seem out of place like it does when authors are just throwing it in because they think people won't read it without it.
Mumford did a very good job overall. It was so well written and creative, I was preparing to buy the next one within a minute of finishing this one; however, a reviewer revealed that number 2 IS unfortunately centered around romance and more explicit sexual encounters.
I'll pass on that, but if she ever decides to rewrite this appetizer and make a meal of it, I'm in!
between a human girl and a dragon. Dragons and humans have been fighting, and
the current king (all the humans seem to be in one country, and all the
dragons live together too) seems determined to provoke a war which will surely
wind up with the dragons getting wiped out. So Sorcha, girl wizard
extraordinaire, goes on a quest for the Heart of Fire -- a quest which she
accomplishes between page 3 and page 4. The dragon Caedryn (whose name my
slapdash Welsh wants to translate as 'Take the deal') is there to claim it
too. Sorcha snags it and puts it on, and it turns her into a beautiful pink
dragon. Without the least hesitation, Caedryn flies her back to the ice aerie
where all the dragons live. Events proceed romantically from there. All plot
arcs are resolved with minimal effort or risk on anyone's part. There are a
few surprises, but so quiet and bland and quickly-passed that they shouldn't
disturb anyone in the slightest. We get to read a lot more of how horny
Caedryn makes Sorcha than we do about, oh, that war to extinction between
their species. At least he makes her horny in a lizardly sort of way, with
scent more than appearance.