- File Size: 850 KB
- Print Length: 291 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: CDG Publishing (December 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006ETGELA
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Touch of Magic (The Llandra Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The plot comes in slow stretches and then sudden bursts, and that isn't to say one or the other is bad. One of the longest slow stretches of the book was probably the best page-turning section, teaching both Randall and the reader much about the world, while a favorite scene later in the book happens very quickly and couldn't have slowed down without hurting the tension.
The story of Randall Miller has the benefit and misfortune of being about an inexperienced adolescent. He often whines, fails at what he's trying to do, and at the times where he does accomplish something, he goes too far with it. His subconscious seems to believe that screwing up a situation is a good learning experience for Randall. He does learn quite a bit over the course of the novel, and though he begins as a bit childish even for his age, he's forced to become a man if he wants to survive the consequences of his own mistakes. That's something that grows subtly through the book and Randall never feels like a little adult--at any given time, he's exactly who he should be. If there was any downside to his character, it's that the only rapport generated solidly through the novel isn't captured in dialogue with another character, and often other characters come off only as much as Randall notices them. That said, the narrative is so invested in Randall's perception of events, never once leaving his point of view, that you never really notice while reading.
It's that investment that carries the book. Randall's thought processes are clear and understandable to the reader, even if you're left shaking your head. Just as often though, Randall will think of something that the adults around him don't after being stuck in their ways. Creativity is a valuable character trait, and as Randall learns magic, he learns to cultivate this other skill. Watching and experiencing his personal growth, and learning with him, is worth your time.
The world building is quite good. The author manages to make you "see" the places he takes you, without boring you with too detailed descriptions.
The characters have a lot of potential.
The story moves at a good pace. I was never bored.
There were really interesting creatures here; both from the mundane world, and from the world where magic force can be channeled.
The main character had a lot of backbone for his age, and lack of worldly experience.
It was good enough that I will buy the next book.
There were a few actions taken by secondary characters that didn't have enough explanation to make sense. No spoilers.
The young man who is the main character is too immature for his age. He is sometimes whiney, sometimes belligerent when he should be respectful, and too often, a crybaby.
Some tears were certainly called for, a couple of times, but, the author overdid it. His experiences should have hardened and matured him more than that. At least enough to control his emotions when the situation called for it.
I would have liked more background on the adversary, and on the way the hierarchy worked in this country.
I am going to buy the next book now. I'll be back with the next review soon!
The world and magic system are intriguing. It's nearly impossible to come up with an explanation for magic that hasn't been done before, but I felt this author did a very good job of putting a fresh spin on it. I was eager to learn more, and never bored. What more can you ask? A lot of interesting tidbits went unexplained, and there are obviously sequels to come (though this story wrapped up very nicely, and didn't leave me hanging). I will definitely be watching for more in this series, or any others by this author.
All in all, an excellent debut. Give it a try!
The second half of the book is much better. Erliand is attacked and Randall is forced to flee with no idea of what ultimately became of his Master. Randall is forced to travel, staying one step ahead of his enemies. Unfortunately he quickly realises he has no idea who he can trust and a couple of betrayals force him to flee once more, barely escaping with his life. The conclusion is satisfying and hints at the possibility of a sequel.