Whill of Agora: Book 1 (Legends of Agora) Kindle Edition
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It is very hard to write a trilogy or a quadrilogy and keep the story moving for the reader. The first book was over 600 pages that is a massive undertaking for a new author. Mr. Ploof is over 1000 pages by the end of the second book. To put this in perspective the rings trilogy as a single hard copy volume is roughly a thousand pages. Some folks express the view that the 2nd book improves on the first. At this point bogging is a major hurdle. I am uncertain if I will continue with the story line after I finish book two. I'm considering skipping book 3 altogether and simply reading book 4. This is a pretty good story and despite the lack of development of the main character(s) a rather engaging one. It easily could have been told in two books instead of four. Quality editing to tighten things up would do wonders. Book one does not stand on its own so if you are thinking about trying it consider if you are will to pony up for at least book two as well.
All that aside I did like the story and while there are significant bouts of tedium and repetition of various details it was a fun read. I concur with the other reviews comments about how book one ends. While off putting, I was interested enough to get book 2 to follow the story. Book one is a good effort and I on balance I did enjoy it despite the various issues raised by other reviewers.
On last point, the current edition of book one was listed as have been revised. While it was still pretty rough, I found far fewer typos and use errors that other have mentioned.
So first off; the prose in this is fairly exceptional. I really enjoyed this authors descriptive style. Very vivid. Very colorful. The characters are pretty likeable too. Its not hard to like most of the people in here. Everything is pretty bright and hopeful, though yeah of course the villains are bloody terrible. It does end on a dark cliff hanger.
That being said; the deus ex machine is a churnin storng and steady.
There is a lot that is going on here that is way too convenient, way too just-in-the-knick-of-time, or "you must because it is your destiny", or etc. The way things are lined up with different characters and events it almost seems impossible for the plot to turn out any way except how it did. The plot was quite predictable in most places.
Its not a bad story for a young reader. Well that's the point, isn't it? Yeah, I guess it is. But I've read other YA novels that have a higher degree of complexity in their plot. So its good... For a younger reader I could be absolutely great. But for me, I found it lacking.
This book, in my opinion, does it right. The author has taken elements of many different and well known stories and has woven a new tale that just works. We are at once comfortable in Agora with features such as the mistrust between dwarves and elves but there are just enough new twists to keep things interesting and fresh. I very much look forward to reading more about Whill and seeing where this goes.