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Thread Slivers (Golden Threads Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Leeland introduces himself and his story concept in a grateful Foreword, especially welcome in what is to become a Trilogy: ‘Thank you for picking up my debut novel. Welcome to the world of Niya-Yur. With 15,000 years of history, there are naturally a number of unique beings, customs, and other odds and ends that make up any culture or world. In the event that some of the details slip past too fast, as Ticca and Lebuin struggle with this adventure, Lebuin has jotted down definitions, and a copy is provided at the end of the book in the section entitled “Lebuin’s Lexicon”.
Leeland provides a detailed synopsis to introduce the reader to the complexities about to open: ‘She craves fame. He wants freedom. When their worlds crumble, even survival may not be an option. The world is driven by wizards, gods, and an imperial space marine 20,000 years into our future. Fame-hungry female mercenary Ticca is willing to skirt the edges of her warrior's code if it brings her the fame she desires. Her hopes of making a name for herself by spying on assassins are dashed when she's forced to kill the assassin she was hired to watch. Lebuin is a rich journeyman mage who's just discovered his new rank involves actual journeying. He hires Ticca to help him advance to master and return to a life of comfort as quickly as possible. He's willing to spend all he has to make it happen, but the mage and his mercenary get much more than they bargained for. Trapped in the crossfire of a vast power game, Ticca and Lebuin must survive a battle between rulers, guilds, and gods. In a land of magic and technology, they'll need to give everything to keep the world and themselves in one piece.’
The prose flows evenly and interestingly as we decipher the many odd names and maps of countries of this futuristic new world. For the most part the story successfully mixes fantasy and science fiction with enough humor to keep the serious parts well focused. For a first novel this THREAD SLIVERS is impressive and it will be interesting to see how the trilogy plays our – how many characters will be persistent and how the author plans to weave the mystical and mythological references with the futuristic derring-do. Grady Harp, September 15
This book is a mess. And, I don't mean that the writing itself is poor. The man's an above average writer (although the first two or three chapters were clunky). I mean that the world he's built is a hodge-podge of different fantasy elements that everyone has seen before unless they're under five.
It's one thing to slowly introduce different things and peoples in your world. It's another for the author to seem like he's just throwing things in the pot. That's the feeling I get here.
All of a sudden, in the middle of the book, there are elves and there used to be orcs. Um, okay. Well, we spent the first several chapters in a major city and there are no other races except humans. Fine, maybe elves don't like cities. But, even a throwaway line would have sufficed, like, "That's a pretty bracelet, Sula." "Oh, thank you. The master silversmith of the elves fashioned it for me."
Give the readers some clue as to the diversity -- or lack thereof -- of this world. Don't just smack us across the face with elves, right in the middle of the book!
Oh, and there's also a giant, talking wolf. As, you know, there always normally is...
I hated the personality of this wolf. It was partly because Duke, the wolf, is obnoxious but also because his character is not consistent. He talks like an American jarhead but, if he was a real Duke in human life, he couldn't be American. Britain has a Marine Corps, but their motto isn't "Semper Fidelis"; it's "Per Mare, Per Terram". So, the way he talks and acts is confusing. I know there's some speculation that he's from some other time period, but it still makes little sense.
This was a free Kindle book and it wasn't bad for a free book. I have no desire to spend my dollars -- or even my crowns, crosses and bells, for that matter -- on the rest of the books in the series. I simply just don't care enough to see how the whole thing ends.
Instead, I was delighted with this book. It moves along at all times; there was no point at which I was not greedily eager to read the next page. The story is interesting and complex, but the complexity is deftly managed by not feeding the reader more than he can deal with at any one time. The characters are delightful, and one in particular (if you've read it, you know which one; he sort of stands out) has me chuckling every time I think of him.
It's astonishing that this is a first novel; it is much more polished and professional than that usually implies. If I had been handed the book along with a claim that this was by a well-known fantasy author who had been at it for decades, I would not have found reason to doubt the claim.
I do take issue with the author's categorization of this as epic fantasy, because that has so often meant, for me, a plodding, excessively slow-moving story, filled with background details inessential to the plot. Tolkien is not like that, but I could name some names nearly as well-known who are, at least for this reader.
Instead, this read for me more like urban fantasy, with the buzz of activity and the frequent jostling of competing interests in proximity that that implies.
Great job. I look forward impatiently to the next installment -- there is much left to resolve here.