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Like so many self-published books in this genre (the only form of self-published literature I read), it shows the lack of craft in painful ways. A professional editor (or even a teacher of seventh-grade English) could help immensely.
The author fails repeatedly to use subjunctive mood properly (example "as if I was special" instead of "as if I were special"). Particulary jarring is a sentence like "Kinneret's spirits rose like she was the ship and Calev was the sea."
Repeated use of wrong case for personal pronoun (example "He wore the same thing as me" or "No one but them was awake yet"). The second example is one that is better corrected not by using the proper pronoun ("they") but by rewriting the sentence ("No one else was awake yet").
Awkward/mistaken wording. Examples:
- "... their path colliding with the mercenaries." Even if the intent was to describe two paths intersecting (in which case "mercenaries" should be possessive case), paths have no motion or mass to create a "collision." The sentence cries out for rewriting.
- "... tightness in Seren's shoulders fell off her" should be something like "... tightness in Sheren's shoulders lessened ..."
- "... boy recently taken to man ..." should be something like "... boy recently chosen to care for ..."
Non-sentences and clumsy sentences. Examples:
- "The king said perfectly. In Silvanian." should no be two non-sentences, but a clause modifying the prior quote with "the king said in perfect Silvanian."
- "Kinneret looked up from Oron’s and Ona’s faces to see the charcoal burner, who’d let Calev and her rest, coming out to greet them." In addition to the sophomoric "looked up from ... to see" form, describing the kind soul who had sheltered and fed them as someone who had "let them rest" is strange. Needs a rewrite.
- The following sentence is presented as a separate paragraph: "As if he ever would be deemed stolid." Clearly a dependent clause, not expressing a separate idea, much less an idea so significant to warrant its own paragraph.
- "Kinneret didn’t realize she’d miss the humility of spending time with the low-caste type." What does "miss the humility" mean? And "the low-caste type" certainly comes across as ignorant.
Fundamental grammar and word choice mistakes. Examples:
- "too formal of an event" should be "too formal an event" or perhaps the sentence rewritten to allow "an event too formal"
- "It wouldn't take but one small move ..." should be "It would take but ..."
- Repeated use of "jealous/jealousy" in a situation when no affection between parties is evident, meaning the proper word would be "envy/envious."
- "an odd glimmer lighted the foothills" should be "lit the foothills"
- "... if I hadn't had seen them ..." should be "... if I hadn't seen them ..."
- "... pushing away from Oron's implication ..." should be "... avoiding Oron's ..."
- Use of "off" to mean kill, suggesting a 1960's police procedural.
Finally, there are at least three questions left at the end of the four volumes:
(1) In the first three volumes, there are repeated suggestions that the Invaders are somehow compelled to viciousness against their wills, but, despite the introduction of an Invader as a central character in the fourth volume, the question is unexplored.
(2) The fourth volume introduces yet another magic-wielding race/culture, but does nothing to explore or explain. The powerful magician does nothing but tell where a missing character has gone.
(3) The bloodthirsty Invaders lost an important battle, but the novel's central characters are girding for possible future wars. Hardly a satisfying conclusion.
This was my favorite book in the series and I couldn't put it down! It had all the imagery, depth, and amazing character development that I expected but the story line and relationships that developed in this book just blew me away. The mix of past characters with new melded seamlessly and the forests allowed for Ona's story to be told while also providing closure for the entire series. It was packed with humor, action, and the epitome of strong female characters. I was left reeling and can't wait for more from this author!
This series is iincredible and has everything you could want in a fantasy story. Klapheke has a unique gift for creating highly detailed and lush worlds that just suck you in and female characters that are strong, independent, and funny. The writing is well-developed with multi-dimensional characters and all the action, adventure, and romance you could want. Each story has left me excited and reeling and I love how it sticks with you long after the last page. I absolutely loved this series and highly recommend it for anyone who loves fantasy!
This is well worth the read. 25 stars: full marks for each of the books herein, plus full marks for this omnibus edition. Very highly recommended!
I loved these books! I was sold from the first sentence.
I think it's one of these books you just have to read. The only negative thing I can think of is that it's hard to put the book down. I spent the whole weekend reading instead of going outside to enjoy my time off 😉