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Waiting Game: The Chronicles of Covent Paperback – Illustrated, April 6, 2012
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I bought this book because I'm a dark elf fan and I enjoy seeing how other writers create dark elf societies and characters, based on either cultural lore or pop culture like role-playing game inspirations. What little bit was provided about Shade's background interested me. But I was expecting more depth in both the plot and the characters for this story. I'm giving one star "back" taking into account that I prefer fantasy novels with more depth, but someone else like the linear fight scenarios strung together. It was simple, straightforward, and quick to read. Just not my cup of tea because it lacked complexity. And honestly, I would point to the marketing style mentioned at the back of the book as part of the problem. The authors mention something about saving the best books for last so readers wouldn't be disappointed with sequels and prequels, etc. Well, that's the opposite of how book marketing works, unfortunately. If you don't hook your reader with your best and most epic work first, then the fandoms for following individual characters later won't happen. You can't start with fandom and then work up to epic. Either your first work is great and readers want more, or it isn't and they lose interest. I could not attach to this character, so further reading about him doesn't interest me. But if you do enjoy this type of book, their big project might be worth checking out. I would recommend starting there, not here.
Dark elves, murderer, conspiracy, revenge, and so much more awaits you in this amazing journey that is just starting, Shade is truly fearful, and as he wonders the land, everyone refers to him as someone you don’t want to have trouble. Just when he thought he finally had a challenge and accept it, he will be unaware of what is at stake if he fails.
This is awesome, the setting, characters, action, everything is amazing and truly lives to the fantasy genre, Shade is badass but with little interaction, he seems way too cold to lead the story, his background makes everything his personality stands for, but I think we have yet to see and know more of him (I hope). If you like Game of Thrones, The Lord of The Rings, this saga will certainly catch your attention.
It did have magic. It did have interesting supernatural characters. It had the typical Fantasy trait of being over descriptive. What it didn't have was a involved plotline or an appealing "Hero". Other than one interesting glimpse into the main characters past, I never felt that I knew him except in a shallow "I am the Greatest" way. And therefore I couldn't really like him very much.
The World Building wasn't bad, and the action scenes were good. I'm not sure if I'll continue the series, but this was an OK read for me.
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i hope there are more books of this calaber.