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- Publisher: Rule of Three Press; 2 edition (February 27, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 27, 2013
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Title: Storm of Arranon
Author: Robynn Sheahan
Audience: Young Adult
Word Count: 88,000
Lieutenant Erynn Yager is a remarkably gifted young pilot-in-training, the adopted daughter of a commanding general, and the genetic offspring of two races forbidden to procreate--the result is that she possesses great powers that connect her to the world of Arranon, a connection that others require in order to take over the system. The author of this book has created an intricate world with societies, cultures, flora, and fauna that leap directly off the page. Although some of the science-fiction plot points boarder on genre cliche and there are occasional bursts of overwritten prose, the book has a strong narrative and exciting action sequences. The story jumps around between secondary characters a bit too often to fully develop them, but Erynn is a strong female character who can hold her own.
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1. Characters. The characters could have been complex and interesting, and at times, they almost were. Ms. Sheahan’s characters don’t talk like real people. The dialogue is stiff and stilted, usually due to the exposition that followed almost every line and kept the conversations from achieving any kind of comfortable flow. They make unlikely decisions. For example, no military man worth his salt would choose a very public, very crowded bar as the setting for imparting sensitive, potentially life-or-death information to a near-stranger (like Athru did with Erynn in the first few chapters—it doesn’t matter that she already knew, there was an entire bar full of eavesdroppers). The relationship-building between characters was also lacking…so much so that I had to double-check that this was, indeed, the first book in this series. It is. The reader seemed to be expected to just know why and how people were connected. The lack of explanation made it difficult to feel the impact of betrayals, decisions, and general character actions.
2. Phrasing and vocabulary. There are a lot of repetitive phrases in “Storm of Arranon”, including “his dark eyes”, and “not good” being its own sentence. There were also a few instances of problematic word choice (passed vs. past, for example) While I can appreciate poetic descriptions, but there were many instances when that was both poorly timed and distracting. For example, when Erynn is fleeing Birk on Arranon…these passages were clearly meant to be tense, pulse-pounding, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, and yet there was a huge amount of poetic, flowering descriptions of the landscape and weather. I understand trying to set a scene, but this was overkill. Seriously, is this a chase scene or a scenic tour?
3. Details and pacing. This was probably one of the biggest issues I had with “Storm of Arranon”. I was pretty upset to discover that this was yet another novel that was sloppy with its details. Characters do things that would be physically impossible for them to do (i.e. Jaer’s last opponent while Erynn is being kidnapped), as if Ms. Sheahan wasn’t paying attention to what her people were doing from one sentence to the next. This book also failed in the area of pacing. Some scenes drug on forever when they didn’t seem all that important, and then important scenes were rushed through. The flight from the Interceptors that crashes Birk and Erynn on Arranon happened so fast it was hard to get a scope of timing and distance. I was left feeling lost and frustrated on a number of occasions.
Don’t get me wrong, the basic premise of this novel is really interesting. A young woman who is the product of a forbidden union who is raised as a ‘normal’ citizen of one world and is then called upon to help save both…I wanted to read that story! Erynn sounded like an interesting, complex person that I could root for. Unfortunately, a lot of elements (including the almst-instalove romance and imparting of back-story through villainous monologing) were just downright cheesy.
Bottom line: Interesting premise, sloppy execution. I found myself wishing the author had spent less time making up a language and more time developing her characters and plot. Just because something is written for the YA audience doesn’t give it a license to be vague or rushed. I would tentatively recommend this to sci-fi fans, with the caveat
The characters could have been more developed and more complex but for a huge chunk of the book, they simply were not. There is stiffness in the way the characters interact with each other, perhaps due to the dialogue being stilted.
You tend to believe the relationships between the characters when you get to witness how such relationships developed. That is how readers’ empathy build up and how they start to root for the characters and feel what they are feeling. In the case of STORM OF ARRANON, this was either not present or too rushed. In effect, the huge betrayal in the first half of the book was like a soft droplet of water rather than a crashing wave, and the main romantic element seemed cheesy. There was also a problem with the pacing of the entire book. There were certain parts that dragged on when it wasn’t necessary, and parts that were vital to the plot that was hastily written.
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Jaer, the handsome hero that assists Erynn in escaping, becomes her love interest however the story mostly focuses on Erynn. This heroine has the ability to connect to animals, and that was a sweet touch to the story. The book is packed with drama, and the author manages to create a beautiful fantasy world that one could vision in their mind as they read it. There is plenty of action, fighting, tension, and suspense.
This science fiction story has a fascinating plot and interesting character building. The ending is not like the normal kind you read and provides anticipation for wanting more, yet not displeased with the outcome.
There are many authors that tend to mix in various genres with their plots but are not that skillful in succeeding. They often confuse the reader or get them lost in their thoughts, however, Storm of Arranon is an exception. You sincerely feel the emotions, the turmoil and understand the story completely. The literary standard of this book was in such capacity, where you would feel and grow with the characters. This factor alone should earn and qualify the book to be four stars.
This book is suitable for young adults as well as anyone that likes to read on science fiction & fantasy.
The only thing I would change is the cover. It is absolutely hideous, and I am not sure why the author selected it unless she wanted to make the following point:
Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Written by Jeyran Main