- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 18 hours and 13 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Podium Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: July 4, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L899MEM
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Thinblade: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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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. Also along the lines of word choice and style: Wells repeatedly strings long lists of nouns together in an effort to impart a grand and detailed vision, but he takes astronomically too far several times.
The following is an example: "...all manner of trays, platters, boards, dishes, pots, pitchers, and bowls" and shortly thereafter he goes on to use "...butter, sauces, dips, mustards, jams, jellies, salsas, relishes, and dressings."
Now it also bears mentioning that the character who's point of view the story is told from could not possibly have known what was in the containers to begin with, so therein lay another stylistic complaint I have with the work. This would of course be fine if the entire book was written in an omniscient perspective, but that is not the case.
The last thing I'd like to mention is the cover art: I'm guessing that the castle shown is intended to represent Blackstone Keep, but it obviously lacks the magnificent onyx black construction. Perhaps it was instead intended to be Glen Morillian? Either way, I think the cover should have been more iconic to the content to the book itself.
Let me conclude by saying that the story screams to be turned into a high adventure, and it has strong potential for it. I just wish Wells had not pushed this to publication before it was polished to a shine. There is not a writer in this world who is perfect, but this author could be great if it were not for those things mentioned here.
For this first book, you do have to get through the first 100 pages. there is a lot of world building and there is a complex back story that must be played out. so stick with it. after that, hold on to your seat, its nonstop from here on out. both the audio version and the paperback are great. yea I own both. my wife is reading the paperback now and loves them. I listen to a lot of audio books and these were great. you can find the first three as a package on audible.
so Thinblade, we have a royal bloodline that has been in hiding for two millennia. seems like a long time, but keep in mind wizards live for a long time, so maybe not all that long in that retaliative mind set. the royal line is hidden away to rise again to face the evils of the last reishi prince, Prince Phane who froze time around himself to escape certain defeat in the last world war. as the last remaining arch mage, and a really powerful, evil sun of a B$$ch , Phane is a necromancer who will stop at nothing to being the world under his control. Alexander is the second son of the hidden royal line. as such, his parents never expected for him to be the one to carry the mantle of power should the royal line be called forth in this generation. that should have fallen to his older brother. as such, this knowledge of his true bloodline was never passed on to him, allowing for that weight not never rest upon him.. Until now, when his brother is murdered just days prior to Phane's emergence into the world. Now Alexander must claim his birth right and face all manner of evil called forth from the underworld in order to protect his own, and the rest of the world from the ambitions and insanity of Phane Reishi.
4 stars for the first book because for some that first 100 pages might be a bit much to get through, but after that, o its on!
The story was interesting, the adventures involving but the characters were flat and way too perfect and the hero was way too much of a superhero. Nothing about the story really grabbed me. I got the second book free and I'll probably read it, but honestly I wouldn't have paid for it if it hadn't been free.
The author did have a pretty unique idea of how a skill book; like those found in computer role playing games, might actually work. That was the most interesting part of the book.
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moving and engaging. A real page turner and fun to read. I liked the pacing and the intelligent way the hero had to overcome adversity.Read more