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Through the Wildwood (The Legend of Vanx Malic Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The main character, Vanx Malic, makes some questionable romantic choices that land him in a great deal of trouble, necessitating a rescue and eventual pursuit through a very dangerous forest with a Princess in tow.
I loved the characters, the action and the dialogue in the book and definitely feel the need to jump right into the next book to continue the adventure.
If I have one complaint, it’s that the end of the book comes far too soon. Unfortunately, the text of “Through the Wildwood” only makes up the first three-quarters of this e-book. The last quarter of the book is made up of a few preview chapters from the sequel, “Dragon Isle” and a short story from the author’s “Wardstone” series. While I appreciate the effort at self-promotion, that’s just a tad bit too much filler for my tastes, adding an unnecessarily sour note to an otherwise excellent read.
I did get the impression that this book is somewhat of a continuation of the author’s previous fantasy trilogy entitled “The Wardstone Trilogy”, or at least involves the same world and some overlapping characters, so if you enjoy this book, you might want to check out the trilogy as well, or might even want to read the trilogy first. I haven’t read the prior trilogy myself, but might have to take a look now.
Vanx Malic is a very interesting character, and this story has great battle scenes and very interesting world building. I will be checking out more work from Mathias.
I'm not entirely certain why this book has so many high reviews, comparing it to great fantasy authors. This is nothing near great works of literature. It's quite short - if I had been able to stand reading it for longer than 5-10 minutes at a time, it would have only taken a few hours to get through it. As it was, it took nearly a week to slog through it since it simply could not keep me interested.
The characters are uninteresting and flat. The storyline is slow and somewhat nonsensical at points. Interactions between characters seem rather improbable, if a person has even a small inkling of normal human behavior. The only person that acts somewhat rational (considering his back story) at all is the villain of the whole story.
It seems to me the author chose to write a fantasy-genre story because he holds the misconception that Fantasy = no rules, because that's the impression this story leaves. That and people will stop to dance horizontally any chance they get, even when being pursued by enemies, in a dangerous wood that "no one has ever survived", etc etc.
This review is being written a week or two after finishing the "book" and all I really recall about it is the main character's name, and that this entire book could have been condensed into a few chapters, allowing for the apparent plot (which seems to be taken rather neatly from another fantasy series) to actually exist in this book. Overall, I feel $0.99 is overpriced for this, and the price for the other books is grossly overestimating their worth. I won't be buying them. The author would be better off offering the first book for free (as many Indie authors are now doing) and lowering the price on the subsequent books.
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