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The Watcher's Keep: An Epic Fantasy (The Triadine Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There are a few typos that's can throw you off but otherwise a throughly enjoyable read. I immediately went out and got the second book and can't wait to see where the story takes.
This Kindle e-book was approximately 691 printed pages and sold for $0.99 at time of writing this review.
Please Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
General Theme (minor spoilers)
The twins, Peter and Alexandra (Alex) go to visit a friend but find his cabin ransacked, they then hurry home only find their previously peaceful home destroyed and their guardians missing... realizing that danger lurks nearby they flee. Through the ensuing series of events, they gradually find out that they are both more then the average young adults they appear to be. In fact, as they approach adulthood, they become aware that they are the long awaited "Children of The Prophecy.” Thus their adventure begins.
Some thoughts on "The Watcher's Keep.
1.) an intriguing and convoluted fantasy adventure, set in medieval times.
2.) many encounters and skirmishes... some quite violent and gory.
3.) the main story details the travels of our heroes, Peter and Alex, but there are several other important characters that the tale follows. I surmise that most of these characters will have their individual adventures tied together by the end of this saga.
4.) a story that is a blend of both Adult and Young Adult (YA) story telling.
5.) short, easy to consume chapters... Bravo!
1.) there was only the rare typo, but more importantly, there were several incidences where words or phrase were repeated within a paragraph or two... where the changing of a word or two would have removed that repetitious sequencing. This did not happen often, but enough to be noticeable and unfortunately give the book a slightly amateurish feel.
2.) no map... if there ever was a tale meant to have a map, then this is that tale... a story of extensive travel to distance locales, all within the same landmass. A map would have provided the reader with a sense of distance, direction and topography.
3.) while the story had many interesting and intriguing characters, there were however, areas in the book where the participants seemed very stiff and wooden; again one example of several... Peter's interaction with some army personnel. Where the dialogues in particular seemed stiff, formal and a bit contrived.
4.) there were other areas of questionable decision making and its resultant action; e.g. Olivia's secret trek to see her father. Events and actions that were basically unbelievable given the context of the setting and circumstance. There were other incidences as well.
5.) from a technical point of view there was often no break, separation or asterisk when changing locales within a chapter. You might be following one character for several pages and without warning the next paragraph switched to someone else that was at a different location altogether. Again a frequent occurrence.
6.) and finally, and I'll stick my neck out here, but I found this book long... really long. Honestly, I tend to get fatigued and a bit discouraged by lengthy books. Wishing maybe it had been broken up into two books.
A really good story that might easily be classed as both Adult and YA... as there were sections that seemed to fit, at one time or another, into either of these two genres. There were violent and hideous deaths scenes that were compatible with Adult fantasy and then at other times, dialogue and actions typical of YA writing.
In all honesty I almost abandoned this novel when some YA material began to materialize shortly after a great Adult story beginning. But I stuck with it and I'm glad I did because this is truly an intriguing tale. I ended up liking the plot as well as the characters that brought it to life.
I'm hoping that as the characters grow and mature so will the story telling, and that in the next book, we see less unbelievable actions (Olivia's escape and go to her father's or someone (alone) deciding to follow a villain into a dark cave or forest, etc.)
I think author Bond has talent and huge potential, but he may have to decide which genre he wishes to develop; because in my years of fantasy reading, I've found it difficult to find an author who can blend both Adult and YA stories together AND make it work seamlessly, i.e. without losing the interest of the readers of both genres.
With a little tweaking... a little more attention to detail, this could be close to fantasy perfection.
As it is... 4 1/2 Stars.