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Touch Of Life: Book One of "A Healer's Tale" Paperback – September 11, 2013
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The characters are beautifully developed. The naivety and innocence of Katherine is very well developed and is sharp contrast to her brash, rogue father. The interactions between the two are sometimes sad, sometimes sweet, sometimes funny, and always well written. While I would consider these two the main characters in the book, I would in no way discount the importance of the other characters. Each are introduced and developed in a way that flows seamlessly with the story.
And probably what I love best, the author can paint a picture with his words. When a room is described, it's done in such detail that I can actually close my eyes and see the room. Details are plentiful and descriptions amazingly well done. I had little trouble picturing the characters, the clothing, the scenes..hell, my mouth even watered when food was described. Far too often descriptions are vague and details are sparse. Not so with this book.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Great read - can't wait to see what happens next with these beloved characters.
(As a side note, the author donates a portion of his sales to Food Bank of Iowa's Backpack Buddies. Just can't beat that!)
By far Dupree was my favourite character though I wished that Eric had embellished a little more on his cunning ways. Logan, Katherine's half brother was another character that really intrigued me though I felt once again that Eric skipped over him and his abilities. Focusing all the attention on Katherine and the subplots.
Sadly this is where the praise ends for the book. For a first in a trilogy I found it rather rushed. The ending of the first book made me feel robbed in some way as it was anti-climatic for all the building up to it that Eric did.
The book has plot holes that are not much of a hindrance to the read but did leave me with questions. Granted I have NOT read the other two books in the trilogy. They are in my pile, so maybe these holes will be answered.
As for character build up while Eric crafted some amazing characters I found them falling short on development and back story. I really wish he had shed more light on the supporting cast. The pacing of the book was rushed, making things move faster than they needed too.
This book WAS a good book by an indie author. All proceeds from his sales goes to a food bank in his home town. I do look forward to reading the rest of his books.
Over all I give this book a 3 star rating.
I enjoyed the tale and found it gentler than most fantasy novels. The violence is swift and not over detailed. There is no grand quest other than seeking safety with the hope of building a new life. If you are looking for lots of heroic fights this isn't the story for you. Yes, there is conflict its just not the core part of the storytelling. The book has no cliffhanger to worry about.
I liked the cover art.
If you are into well constructed fantasy worlds with characters you come to care for pick this up.
I've already got the second book queued up in my "to read" list.
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