- File Size: 3775 KB
- Print Length: 432 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing; 2 edition (November 17, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 17, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GI7C0QG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Storm Without End (Requiem for the Rift King Book 1) Kindle Edition
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5 stars, would do 6 but Amazon doesn't go up that high, and the cliff hanger hits you like a wall out of no where.
Instead of complaining, he sets out to achieve with wit and skill what his body doesn't have the size or strength to accomplish.
Add to that highly intelligent horses that have a special bond with their chosen rider, dedicated Rift Guardians, feuding countries, and you have a spellbinding adventure.
Well worth the read.
Something I also liked was the main protagonist, the Rift King himself. Unlike most of our heroes, he’s not a towering walking mass of muscle, not that I mind those. He’s short, missing an arm, and rather skinny. Furthermore, he kinda gets hurt a lot. That’s not to say he’s weak; he can actually be a bit of a badass. As much as I enjoyed it, I also found that Blain’s constant referral to his childlike size made me think of him more as a child, or at least a teenager, when he’s actually thirty. Even in the book he’s mistaken as a child. It screws with my perception a bit.
Of course, I like the fact the Rift King has overcome some major obstacles. He’s had a bad round of it, but he keeps fighting. He’s a strong character and one you can get behind. He has some vulnerabilities that were touched on, which I hope we see more of in the second book. Which brings me to my next thought: This felt like a setup. There was a lot of information thrown at you with little initial explanation, and several things were more hinted at; vague sentences that later revealed themselves. Honestly, this was the biggest negative for me. If I would have known some stuff up front, I would have had more sympathy for the characters. I would have understood more. I would have connected more. Sometimes I felt like I was in the dark trying to find my way to the door with little luck. To compound that feeling, I did find myself a bit lost during some action scenes. This just might be because I lack a solid imagination.
Another thing I enjoyed was the relationship between the Guardians and the Rift King. It was interesting to read about and gave the story a nice lift. I might still be a bit confused about the whole Rift people and their traditions, but it’s coming together. Like I said, this book felt like a setup for book 2 in the fact that it’s got a base, but there’s still a lot of questions and thoughts half explored. It was annoying, but it’s got me curious enough that I’ll be reading book 2 when it comes out.
These negatives kept me at the slightest distance. Still, there were some very interesting ideas in this book and I enjoyed the story immensely. I hope now that we have a nice built up base that book 2 will be more satisfying.
Storm Without End blew me away. I completely lost track of time while I was enthralled with Kalen's world. I finished about 40 minutes ago, and I am still in shock. What an awesomely twisty tale of betrayal, magic, family, honor, duty, and death. Although I prefer first person point of view and a single narrator, I have no argument with the decision to use two different third person points of view. I may add more to this review after I read Storm again. I have no idea where I will find the patience to wait for book #2.