- File Size: 462 KB
- Print Length: 235 pages
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- Publisher: Aneeka Richins (November 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009YJXOHE
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The main character, given the name Ki at the start of the book, is a teenage girl who has made a deal with the Fallen Chaos God for the protection of her parents. Her end of the bargain means she has to go on whatever silly missions the god decides to amuse himself with. The mark on her forehead is the god's mark, and she can use his powers (when he lets her). Her hair, the shorter side of her pigtails specifically, is her means of casting spells. At last her appearance on the cover makes sense! (Also, the updated cover is much nicer than the old one, I wish I could update my ebook.)
Aside from a couple words used rather oddly, the writing is clean and engaging. I liked Ki and even other characters. This first book is rather exciting and action-filled, and while it concludes one thing, the overarching questions and plot are far from over.
I'm definitely going to get the next book, and will keep an eye on this author in the future. It's always nice finding a quality self-published author!
That is not to say the book is without criticism. Aneeka Richins' makes a few typographical errors throughout the book and at times, some of her paragraphs that relate the main characters thoughts seem repetitive. Her command of the English language is not at the level of Lewis or Tolkien, but almost no one else is either.
Angsty teens - Love triangles - Little exposition
As other reviewers have mentioned the book is a very engaging read and was rather hard to put down.
The world building is good and unique.
The plot has enough twists in it and hints of the bigger world.
Parts of the story suffer from over use of the thesaurus or poor word choices that confuse the authors intent.
For example demons are the most common class in the fallen lands - caste would have been a better choice of words.
When describing the gods this also gets confusing as certain word choices make them out to be better than they are (possibly intentional but still confusing)
For a first novel it is rather lengthy and really well down for being self published.
It's obviously part of a series, or at least will have a sequel, since the end left off with some loose ends untied. I'm looking forward to seeing the next book come out to see how the author handles those!
But I did not expect how thoroughly this book sucked me in. I read it over a weekend, unable to put it down for long. The characters are well-developed and complex, the world is fascinating and unique, and the magic system is unlike any I've encountered. The plot is absolutely engaging, and I loved how information about the world and Ki's past were revealed slowly, so that I felt I was still learning things by the end of the novel.
I'm a regular reader of Aneeka's webcomic, and I am very glad to see that her talent as a storyteller shines just as brightly in novel format. I eagerly await the sequel!
This is a very good book. The only flaws I can see are some copy-editing mistakes and the fact that it's only available via Kindle, so I can't lend it to people to make them read it.
Ki is a very sympathetic, determined girl who made a choice to protect her loved ones, no matter what the gods say. And that choice brought horrible repercussions. But she is happy she made that choice, even though it means that she is miserably unhappy almost all the time.
It's worth the read. I look forward to the sequel.