Union (Sphereworld: Joined at the Hilt Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Essentially, the book is about our young man's adventures while being hunted. The author quickly immerses us in details, conflict, intrigue, and politics that show the complexity of his world. The fight scenes are flashy, as you would expect in a good epic fantasy novel. The side characters that travel with him are developed enough to add a layer of interest. So, if it has all these solid elements why only three stars? The book felt so, so slow, given the level of action that the ending felt hollow rather than satisfying. I just don't feel compelled to read the next book in the series.
There were a few wrong word mistakes but nothing that derailed my reading or curtailed my enjoyment of the book.
I look forward to future books in the series.
Sleep, I like sleep, it's a handy thing to do, heals the body, rests the mind, you know, cool things like that...
What do I miss out on when one of them release a new book? Sleep... And lots of it...
Now, not everything is all roses however, like with his brother's (Joshua a.k.a. Luke Sky Wachter), first book ('Admiral Who?'), i found the start extremely slow, almost to the point that i didn't want to continue, but also like 'Admiral Who?' I know if I was to read it for a second or third, or forth... or a bajillion times I would not have the same problem... I can't really explain it, all I know is the second and every other time, I probably will not have the same feeling...
But other than that, I loved this story so much that I have already finished reading it even though I had only just purchased it (It took me a while to get around to getting this as I was in a slump for reading until 'Ashes for Ashes, Blood for Blood' came out at the start of this month and have been reading everything I can get my hands on) and after the start, I just didn't want to stop reading... which forms my second issue, I was forced to stop reading... you know, by the lack of more words after the last page...
I really can't wait for the next part of this series and I want to commend you Caleb for an excellent read even if this really isn't the genre I would usually read... Bravo!
And as is my fashion, I shall comment on the cover briefly... The art is pretty good, I would give it a 8/10 but the rest seems a little, sci-fi and didn't really make sense after I had read the story... but, that is just my feeling on it...
The book could use some copy editing. Incorrect words and unneeded floweriness made reading difficult at times. But the logic and character motivations held together almost perfectly. The actual plot was fairly basic, but it didn't need any curly-cues to form a solid and satisfying story.
The world-building was strongly imagined and well executed. Randall's world is a vast and unusual place, with widely varied cultures and a deep sense of history.
But, I was disappointed with the climax and ending. It came off rather flat after the build up through the book. All his problems seemed to just melt away with almost no struggle, and mostly without even his presence, let alone his participation in solving them. Even the final battle seemed to be less of a struggle than a good climax deserves.
After that, it appears the author was too busy setting up the sequel to really create a satisfying close to the book in hand. While that setup definitely whet my appetite for the sequel, I feel it overshadowed the real ending of this book -- and contributed to my sense of flatness and disappointment with this book's ending.