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The Wayfarer King Paperback – July 28, 2011
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About the Author
K.C. May grew up in the mid-western USA and in Hawaii, and earned a B.A. in Russian from Florida State University. After a year in Taiwan teaching English and studying Mandarin Chinese, she lived in the Arizona desert where she founded a Rottweiler rescue organization and worked as a computer programmer and technical writer. Her interests include karate, backpacking, motorcycle riding, dog training, and computer gaming. In 2010, she retreated to cooler, greener Georgia.
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Gavin has reluctantly become king after solving the Rune-Stone mysteries. However much danger remains within the realm...the chief concerns being with his arch-rival for the king-ship, Ravenkind. Plus, there are hordes of demons that want to enter the land through rifts between realms...rifts that seem to be occurring ever more frequently in places wherever King Gavin is situated.
There are many things I liked about this book...
1.) the author has decided to make this a short series...I can't tell you how refreshing it is to have a book/series come to a satisfactory conclusion with only two books. Some of these multi-book mega series get so drawn out (the story as well as the time between books) that it becomes difficult to remember exactly what has gone on before.
2.) compared to the first book...overall much better writing. Gone for instance, are some of the silly conversations that previously occurred in chapters that didn't feature a lot of action. Instead, these quieter section are now used to provide the reader with information that is related to the main plot or the characters themselves. These once skimmed over areas are now intriguing and interesting to read.
3.) character development...nearly every character within these pages gave the reader some degree of insight into to their personalities...their hopes, fears and often some of their innermost thoughts. This was just as true for some of the villains.
4.) lots of unexpected happenings...I thought I had figured out several scenarios only to find out I was completely misdirected. BUT, this was done in such a way that the author was able to retain a sense of believability for the tale (within the context of the fantasy setting, of course).
5.) blood curdling and gruesome at times...not all important characters are sacrosanct...they can be hurt; they can be killed.
6.) wonderfully paced...just the right balance of quiet time vs. intense action.
7.) a great map...it looks professionally drawn and contains lots of details that relate directly to the story.
K.C. May has, with this book, matured into a writer of note; a writer to be reckoned with, in the fantasy/adventure genre. A really good first book...a great second (and final) book. Well done KC. 5 Stars.
The novel isn't bad, it's just not good and has a lot of flaws I would expect a published author to notice and weed out, as this book could have been rather good. Below are my gripes:
01: The relationship between Daia and Gavin is left unattended and unfinished, and this was one of the most interesting dynamics carried over from the first book. There were some passages here and there that hinted towards a possible development of something, but this portion of character development was left hung to dry and is one of the bigger disappointments.
02: The thrusting of Feanna into the story was poorly done. Giving Gavin another love interest is fine, but the way the relationship was forced upon the reader made me feel like I was reading a teen romance novel; the dialogue was cheesy, the love at first sight was tacky, and it was overall executed poorly.
03: Gavin's development of his magic power was done rather well, but I feel like it was done a disservice at the end of the novel. In fact, I almost feel like the ending of the novel in general was incredibly rushed. Throughout the first 2/3s of the book the author shows the progression of Gavin trying to get a good grasp of his powers, and at the end it's like he's a practiced pro, whisking himself from realm to realm because the plot decided to have a huge sense of urgency right at the end. This is a huge hole which left me feeling very disconcerted about the way the story was wrapped up.
04: The way Gavin's Brother and his family were taken by Ravenkind also irked me. Sure, you have two guards posted to watch them, but no one thinks that the guards should be checking back with the rest of them to ensure they're safe? No one thinks to check up on them at all? Again, all too convenient for the enemy to be able to easily get what he wants for leverage against the main character.
05: The empathic powers of Feanna were random, forced and seem to be misplaced. Daia's could also be noted to be like this, but the author did a good job of making it so that her powers fit into the story and had some kind of history within the world. Feanna's were just thrown in for good measure, and the use of her powers at the end of the novel made me *groan*.
06: Absolutely no character development whatsoever. In the first novel ample opportunities were made for each of the main characters to develop and become more interesting and diverse. Instead, they regress into flat archetypes that are incredibly predictable and boring.
I could go on with a few more points, but I feel like the above hit on the main flaws of the novel.
I give this three stars for its potential, but lack of good execution. Cliched fantasy themes, a lack of background around important concepts and things within the fantasy world, and horribly flat characters leave this novel succumbing to the pitfalls most mediocre fantasy does. Better editing, interesting (or really, *any*) character development, well timed pacing and less forceful storytelling would have helped this novel significantly. I feel like the author has potential, but needs to push through some growing pains before a really good product is created.
I love the style of this aurthors writing - I feel there isn't tons of endless detail that just taks up pages and doesn't move the story along. I really enjoy the way the book is constantly moving on, I never skipped any pages - which I usually always do.
Character development, just enough to give the reader some degree of insight into to their personalities. Lots of unexpected twist and turns, some that were rather troubling for me (characters die that I really didn't want to - but that my personal issues). As the other reviewers commented, I thought I had figured out several scenarios only to find out I was completely misdirected. BUT, this was done in such a way that the author was able to retain a sense of believability for the tale (within the context of the fantasy setting, of course).
A bit gruesome at times, I am a chick and don't always enjoy this, but by no means did it turn me off of the book/author. Bravo to the author I hope to read more of his books.
I got the Kindle version and didn't have any issues with it.