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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
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- Publisher : Alexander Publishing (June 9, 2011)
- Publication date : June 9, 2011
- Print length : 328 pages
- File size : 3192 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B005563J7A
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,916 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Though at times author David A. Wells comes up with a great descriptive phrase, the majority of the book leaves readers floundering in a sea of clichés and what can only be classified as poor and unedited writing. For instance, the initial description of Lucky states he stood “…just under six feet tall, wore a crown of silver-white hair around a bald head and carried his ample belly as if it were a testament to his skills in the kitchen.” Passages like this one are too few to persuade discerning readers from continuing to the final chapter. There are many times when an action scene is interrupted to give backstory, and the majority of these instances only repeat what had already been said.
Repetitive information run rampant throughout the book’s pages. One such instance occurs roughly in the middle of the book when a bard recounts the entire story that has already occurred. I was left with the realization that I could have skipped slogging through the initial part of the book and started at this point, if I had only known.
Characters are stilted and predictable. There are no initial compelling reasons to like the protagonist Alexander, and the evil Phane is so predictable he almost becomes a caricature of himself. Story facts appear to be contradictory. The Reishi Protectorate has been gone for 2,000 years yet somehow there is an army of 50,000 of them awaiting Phane’s revival…and no one knows about them. Alexander knows nothing of the legends, yet within his household others do, and the Bard Guild has been singing about it, passing “…the story of the Marked One from one generation to the next.” One would think that the son of a Lord would have been entertained regularly and been aware of the lore.
Overall, there is a lot of fat that could have been trimmed, resulting in a reduction of 50-100 pages of unnecessary reading. Tighter writing would greatly reduce the constant slowing of the action, and perhaps give the characters an opportunity to be more interesting. Personally, I do not enjoy writing this kind of review, as I realize the author has put time and effort into the creation of his book. On the other hand, if you’re going to do something, it is essential to gain the help and guidance to do it right. Authors owe that to their readers. Two stars.
It had the potential to be, there were some wonderfully unique ideas in this book that could have made for a really great story, but it wasn't well utilized here.
The main character is so inconsistent. One moment he'll be so whiny you want to slap him, and the next he can do no wrong. At one point he's told that he needs to pander to a bunch of petty nobles and make them feel important, so he takes about 5 minutes before he makes a "You're with me or against me" speech and everyone is thrilled with him.
He talks about how he's just a poor little ranch boy who doesn't know ANYTHING about making important decisions and leading people, but then he makes grandiose speeches with ease. He doesn't even ask advise about what to say or how to present himself.
Also, there are WAY too many conveniences in here. He's always saved just in the nick of time by (insert plot contrivance here). He has what he needs handed to him practically on silver platters. Need healing? Here's a potion. Now take a nap. Need fighting skills? Here's a book. Need a sword? Oh look! Here it is! He does go through a few trials and tribulations, but they are always over so fast that it never actually FEELS like he's earning anything. Look out! There's a monster! Oh, it's already dead and no one got more than a minor scratch. Moving right along then.
There's also an annoying amount of filler in this book. It felt like it stretched on forever and I kept reading useless details I didn't care about. There's more I could say but I think I've made my point. This book has great potential but is horribly executed. I'm sure the following books in the series get better, but I have no interest in reading them.
This is an excellent beginning to the Sovereign of the Seven Isles series. I was hooked from the very beginning and knew I'd be reading book two long before I'd finished book one. It features Alexander Valentine, second son of a minor noble, who spends his days happily working on his father's ranch. Then his older brother is killed by an assassin's poisoned arrow and dark forces begin to move against Alexander and those he loves. When he is marked by a brand of a Reishi glyph on his neck, he learns of a curse on his bloodline that designates him as the one who will lead the battle against a two thousand year old arch mage, Reishi Prince Phane, a necromancer.
This saga is the beginning of Alexander's quest to unite Ruatha behind him and to find the legendary Thinblade, an ancient sword, lost for millennia and critical to defeating Phane. It's a great story all in itself. I highly recommend it.
Overall I'd just say the story is decent but with so much detail i honestly felt sometimes like I was wasting my time by continuing reading. That's not a feeling you want when reading. You want that impulse to not stop reading because it's so intriguing. Not sure if I'll read the next one at the moment.
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Well it was utter rubbish and after 2 hours I just couldn’t put up with the banal writing style. The “man that was not a man” repeated so many times in one passage that if I had bought the paper back rather than the kindle version I would have chucked it onto the fire.
Stick with “name of the wind” or the blade itself” or misborn series and other works which enrich you life.
As a wider point it is really disappointing that the integrity of reviews is gradually being undermined which makes picking new books more difficult on Amazon and impacts on the customer experience. Hopefully amazon can use some AI to weed out false praise which is becoming increasing common for books which should not have made the cut.
I found it a struggle to read but did get to the end.
This is more or less the opening to Thinblade. It grabs your attention and never lets go for the rest of the book. It may allow you to relax a little every now and then, like a fish on a line, but then it draws you back in.
The style and manner of the writing makes this an easy book to read, the characters are all well written and likeable, intriguing or just relatable too, depending on their role in the story.
There are aspects of this story which I have come across in other books, but that’s not to say they don’t work or seem contrived, quite the contrary. Everything seems to flow naturally from previous events or explanations.
One aspect I did enjoy in this book was the depiction of Archery. Most authors don’t seem to be aware of the shear force imparted to an arrow shot from a bow, so it was refreshing to read a more accurate description of the effect an arrow would have if it struck someone.