- File Size: 4116 KB
- Print Length: 273 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Vulture's Eye Publications; 2 edition (July 25, 2019)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07VSR82MS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tree of Ages (The Tree of Ages Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 8 in The Tree of Ages Series
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One common complaint I see among reviews is that "nothing" is "resolved" in this book. I agree, but I don't see that as a bad thing. Stories take on lives of their own; they grow and change during the writing of them. When you have a book in the "epic fantasy" genre, that story branching out into a series is kind of a given. It's not a cash grab - believe me, the real money is NOT in writing fantasy novels! To tell a story the way it should be told, an author often has to break that story into multiple books. That is the case here. I actually subscribed to KU just to read this series for free - and it was worth it!
So to the critics, I shrug and say, "get over it." If you want a standalone story, don't read a series. If you want everything tied up in a neat little package at the end of the first novel in a series...you're gonna have a hard time.
But if you DO want to delve into an awesome, epic fantasy series, READ THIS ONE. Seriously - it's worth it. I would love to visit this world and hang out with these characters. There's tons of myth, magic, party banter, and some great plot twists.
Another reviewer gave this book one star. I have to say ... the reader appears to have misunderstood the book. As many other reviews attest, the characters are engaging, both to the reader and in their interactions w each other. Ms. Roethle has a nice, spare writing style. Relationships and character motivation is seen in the characters' back stories, dialogue, and internal motivations. Emotions are also on full, realistic display. There is solid dialogue and character development.
The fae are integral to the story. If the one-star reader didn't understand their importance, then she/he is perhaps reading the wrong genre. I read, and write, YA epic fantasy, so have read a lot of it.
And this story is very good. I was particularly impressed by how deftly the multiple perspective was handled, and how it veered away from following the typical action-fantasy-quest trope. Do read!
On the other hand, the main character is unrealistically naive. I bought into it initially but as her memories reappear and she gains her "sea legs," I expected corresponding growth in her. Instead, we seem stuck with a 100+ year-old woman who has at least 20 years of life experience, but who has the emotional and mental maturity of a preteen. This nearly bbq ruined the book for me. I was expecting adult and it feels a lot like YA. Add in that every make th a meets her seems to think she's a delicate flower in need of being controlled and/or saved and this book quickly loses its luster. I am hopeful this state of helpless naivete will disappear as she recalls more of her past. It's got to, right? Or at least I need her to stop crying every chapter. I just ignore any references to tears now, because she cries so often that they've become meaningless.
grammatically, I noticed minimal spelling errors but stumbled across a number of phrases that were awkwardly constructed. I wasn't sure if this was purposeful, as it kind of felt like the author was attempting to add old world flair to some turns of phrase. Regardless, they were a bit jarring.
So 3.5 stars for character creativity but 1 star for a frequently weepy ingenue for the main character's personality.
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Will Finn survive everything that is thrown her way? That remains to be seen as I dive headlong into the next book!
I found it rather unengaging, and forgettable. For me, characters were flat, uninteresting, clichéd. The story didn't captivate. Think 'Tangled' mixed with some LOTR, which wasn't as awesome as it sounds.
Dissapointed so far but will continue to the end of the series when I hope everything will fall into place.