- File Size: 3178 KB
- Print Length: 328 pages
- Publisher: Alexander Publishing (June 9, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005563J7A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Thinblade (Sovereign of the Seven Isles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 7 in Sovereign of the Seven Isles (7 Book Series)
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Cons: The writer could use some basic English training. He has a few quirks that slow things a bit. Do you really want to know the menu for each meal? His writing style often dropped me out of the "suspension of disbelief" I look for, a bit like a root in the road that trips you up.
Notes: Amazon really needs to label more books Young Adult. i.e. No explict sex. No main characters get killed. The good guys basicly go from win to win. If you like this style, read it. But don't look for depth, complexity, or true suspense.
In a genre that's all about character development, I could not find it in me to find the characters either believable or interesting, which is a shame. I hope Mr. Wells keeps at it... he has some great ideas. But he needs a good editor to help him understand the tradecraft a little better.
Straight off, I want to say that it is obvious Wells is excited about his book and that he wanted to succeed. It is also obvious that a lot of effort was put into editing out spelling and grammar errors--and I say that last bit in comparrison to other self-published authors. There are a lot of horribly edited books out there but this isn't one of those. However, what it achieves in editing, it squanders in style.
This book is a classic example on a large scale of what it means to "tell" rather than "show" a story. There is so much narrative summary in this book that, had it been turned to action and dialogue, the characters would have come to life far more than the shadows they became over the course of these pages. Just this change alone would have made me add another two stars to this review.
Wells also has a tendency to use some words (ie: "little") far too frequently, as well as certain phrases and even entire sentences ("Right now he had a blade in his hand and he was in a fight"). Some things I understand are meant to pull a reader into a specific mindframe, but too much repetition still kills the feel for me. Also, the writer has a love for simply stating the same thing in a few different ways, often in the same paragraph.
Back to word choice again: There's a lot of grit in this book. Lots of killing, blood and death. These make for a certain feel, but once you start using words like "puffball" and "fluffy" and yes, "little", you ruin what you build--at least in my opinion.Read more ›
Now, let's get serious about rating this book. Longtime readers of fantasy could name dozen of authors who produce 4- and 5-star books. David Wells isn't one of them. I suspect that most of the top reviewers have a connection to the author at some degree. And that's unfortunate, because it misleads folks looking for the best book they can find. If many of the reviewers were more objective, I would have, after reading those reviews, moved on to another book. So if their aim in giving 5-star ratings was to help the author, it worked.
I have three major issues with this book: lack of editing, the heavy lifting from other (and better) fantasy books, and the at times distracting tangents about political philosophy.
The lack of editing is glaring. This is a direct author-to-Amazon book. It underscores why publishers are important. They employ professional editors. This book should be about 25% shorter. There are many scenes that don't move the plot. Some warrant tightening, but most could be deleted without being missed by readers. There are a number of novice mistakes a real editor would have caught. Most notably for me, Wells puts words into the mouth of the chief bard of a major city. I have read hundreds of fantasy books and never seen this before. In those books, bards are so eloquent and engaging that authors can't do justice to the performance. That's why other authors describe the effect on the audience rather than repeat the words from a bard. Consequently, this book's bard gives a pretty dull rendition of the hero's adventures. Editing would have also pared down the use of tired cliches.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this book in the series. The plot got a bit overly complex at times, but it made sense overall. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Mvargus
Great read for those wanting to start reading Fantasy novels.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very entertaining book. I am really looking forward to reading the sequel. The characters are marvelous. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Carol B. Byrd
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was almost impossible to put down because the story is action packed with likable characters and also a love interest thrown in. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Caprice Whitmire
The storyline moves quick and it's very easy to read. Mr Wells does a good job of switching the story's point of view from character to character without confusing the reader. Read morePublished 11 days ago by David W. Millheim
Absolutely loved it. Had to get the next book straight away. I not one to normally write reviews but this first book in the series is really good. I've. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kirsty McDiarmid
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