- File Size: 3335 KB
- Print Length: 330 pages
- Publisher: The National Library of New Zealand; 2 edition (July 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073PYRDLC
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About halfway however the story and my enjoyment took a big hit. I don't want to heap criticism on a work that Hodges clearly put a tonne of effort in but I will provide enough evidence to justify my stance.
The first problem is that 50% of the way in the story presented a well constructed tension - a young man with out of control magic being helped by a mysterious mentor while a victim of his power stalks them with vengeance on the mind. What I particularly liked about the story is that Gabriel, a man who had lost his family due to the MC's power was not a completely unsympathetic villain, there was real potential of genuine moral conundrum in how the plot resolved. Instead we get introduced to a Goddess, a mass of exposition is dumped upon us and the plot abruptly changed to trying to hunt down an important little girl. A half dozen characters get shoe-horned into the story without much hullabaloo and I'm not even 100% on what happened to poor Gabriel (but I have a feeling he got squished by a dragon)
Most of my other concerns stem from this basic problem - the characters had far too much emotion, and not enough emotional arc, as they pursued a goal that I myself had no investment in, and rather than proper story conflict the goodies just had bigger and bigger baddies thrown at them, which were CONSTANTLY just defeated by more and more magic.
I would love to read an alternate version of this novel where the initial characters were more fleshed out and the morality of out of control magic actually addressed. After all the main character did destroy an entire village, killing maybe hundreds of people a fact which seemed swept under the rug at some point of the story.
The opportunity to read this was much appreciated and I wish the author all the best for the series and others he has published. Considering this is a first novel its about 1000x better than most of the dross us writers produced upon first attempt.
So, this was pretty good! It was very engaging, the characters were good, and tempo to the story was good, too. I loved the variety of creatures and how everything interacted in this. The narrow escapes and constant running kept me hooked until t was over, and I mean that I was in it enough that a certain bit made me cry.
The narrator was okay. His voice and speed are pleasant, but I wasn't thrilled with his character voices. He had three voices: one for narrating (which was great!), one for men, and one for females + Eric. He wasn't bad at all, it just threw me out of the spell some.
If you like epic adventures, you'll most likely enjoy this.
Bob says: 4 Platypires