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The Sunwright Chronicles: Empire at War (Second Edition) by [Villegas, Kevin M.]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 909 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (April 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 13, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WKR3AO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,492,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Sunwright Chronicles: Empire at War by Kevin M Villegas tells the story of an Empire fighting for its survival. The Sunwright family has been instrumental in the founding and success of the Empire of Kiramar. Tobias Sunwright is the commander of the Imperial Army and he is fighting a losing battle to keep the empire together. With his brother Pershing, who is a very powerful diplomate and his sister Calia, who is a very important doctor they are trying to save the land that their father helped create.

Overall The Sunwright Chornicles is an entertaining read. It is filled with massive battles and fairly well done characters. The plot is very much action driven with kidnappings, battle, sabotage, rescue operations, and assassins throughout the book. Tobias was an entertaining character that I enjoyed following. Although he did have some aspects that I did not enjoy. Another positive was the political situation was well explained, but didn't get involved to the point of getting boring.

The biggest drawback I saw in the book was the flashbacks. They occurred semi-regularly through the story, but there was nothing that really set them aside. It interrupted the flow a few times when I had to reread a section just to figure out it was a past event. The use of something like italics would have solved the problem readily however.

The final verdict: the book is well worth the purchase price. It is a pretty quick read that kept me entertained throughout. Especially consider this one if you are big fan of lots of military action.
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I picked up this Kindle book because I wanted to see how this author handled the battle sequences and I enjoy epic stories. Let's start out with the positives:

The opening prologue showed the author's strengths. He can handle the big battle scenes and has a very strong grasp on the technical parts of ancient battles. He does a great job giving you a sense of what's going on and just how gigantic the scope of the story is.

He's also created a very strong fantasy world and it's very clear that he knows exactly what's going on and who everyone is. The character descriptions are good, clear, and he paints a fairly compelling picture.

And the negatives:

First, and I know I sound like an English teacher for writing this, but the grammar in this book is horrible. I would urge the author to sit down and edit this before posting it again. Most of the mistakes are fairly easy to fix but it's very jarring when you're reading a book and the lack of commas or structure makes you reread a passage just to make some sense of it.

Second, the author needs to slow down. There are so many characters, so many new people, that it can get somewhat confusing. He needs to remember that although the characters and places are very clear in his mind, they're not so clear in the minds of the reader. Let the story breathe, spend some time giving the characters some personality, and don't just jump to the next plot point. Give the readers someone to care about.

If the grammar doesn't throw you off the book, and if you're looking for epic, then this book may do it for you. But if the author does read this, please go back and edit. You'll be helping yourself so much.
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This is a classically stylised book with a multi-character cast, set in a Romanesque backdrop of Emperors, Commanders and Legates. The fantasy element of magic and elves is effortlessly drawn and there are a surprising amount of strong female characters. The plotlines intertwine with an even pace that allows you to feel connected to the characters portrayed. Political intrigue, romance and murder sit side by side with the main plot, which draws the reader into a world where honor and dignity are being regained in a kingdom being overrun by invaders and tyrannized from within.
The Sunwright's are a family positioned at the very heart of this epic tale, their influence filtering throughout this troubled kingdom. Tobias the elder brother, struggles to bring the kingdom back to its former glory, while his sister, Calia brings the gift of medical advancement to the kingdom at the cost of her own personal life. All the while, Pershing Sunwright, the younger brother, plots from the sidelines, as an advisor to the next potential heir to the throne.
Strength and honor, my friends, enjoy the ride.
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