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Arn is my favourite and we get to hear and see and feel much of the story through him. I am standing outside the bookshop waiting for the next book in this trilogy to be released, which is apparently Early Its one of those rare books that ruins you for others, which is a problem, particularly when you review books. Many thanks to the author, publishers and Netgalley for the advance digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Nov 11, Nadine rated it it was ok Shelves: Full spoiler-free review now on my blog Sometimes you read a book and realise that it's just not for you, for various reasons. At the beginning of the story, we get to know King Gilbert and his magic wielder Blalock, who controls the king. King Gilbert is new to the throne, doesn't trust his Lords and expects betrayal from everyone. Therefore, he sends his best assassin, Blade, to kill High Lord Ra Full spoiler-free review now on my blog Sometimes you read a book and realise that it's just not for you, for various reasons.
Therefore, he sends his best assassin, Blade, to kill High Lord Rafel, the commander of the king's armies. But Blade was raised by Rafel and grew up with his children Carol and Alan. Therefore, he decides to just warn them of the king's intentions and goes into exil himself. During the whole story, we follow Carol and her family as they try to flee the kingdom of Tal and then we get to see Blade's journey west.
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One thing that I really liked about the story was the fact that Philipps gradually builds up his world and explains it to the reader in congruency with the journey Carol and her people have to make. You can easily follow her and Blade's progression on the map that's included, which is always a plus for me. However, there is still a lot we don't get to know more about, for example the big Vorg War that seems to have happend before the events in the book or details about the kingdom of Tal itself.
More information would've definitely benefited the rushed start into the story and the overall plasticity of the world. I'm not that picky when it comes to writing style and often I don't see whether it's good or bad writing.
But for the first time, I was a bit irritated by the way the author rather told us about the characters and their traits rather than let us see through their actions and words. Sadly, I didn't really care for either of the main characters. Even though we get to see a bit of Arn's past, I couldn't really understand why he became the way he is.
And then there's this inner monologue where he thinks about his love life and the typical "I'm not worthy because I'm an evil person and she deserves better" trope. The thing that bothered me the most about Carol is the fact that she doesn't seem to have any big problems with wielding magic. Even though she starts using it at the beginning of the novel, she seems to be the most powerful sorceress in a long time. The magic system is rather fascinating because you have to control elementals to use their magical abilities, but there could have been some more explanations and rules to the system for my taste.
With pages, this novel is rather on the smaller side when it comes to fantasy books. This isn't a bad thing by any means, but I felt the story and especially the characters could have been more fleshed out with more pages. This is even more evident when you look at the amount of pure traveling that occures in both Arn's and Carol's POVs.
Additionally, the book just ends at some point amidst the travelling without any great showdown or climax that leaves you wanting more. My highlight were definitely Ty and John, the two companions Arn meets during his travels. Sullivan and were a great counterpart to Arn's sullen character. Altogether a fantasy book that could be more appealing to readers that are new to the genre.
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Oct 15, Ryan Sparks rated it liked it. I bought this book from Amazon, the Fantasy book of the month for October in the Kindle First program. I love fantasy books, but starting a new series, especially one without a following already, is always a roll of the dice for me.
Not only is this a new series, but I have never even heard of the author, Richard Phillips. I was pretty skeptical starting out, an I bought this book from Amazon, the Fantasy book of the month for October in the Kindle First program. I was pretty skeptical starting out, and quite honestly was not impressed through the first quarter of the book.
Not that it's a bad thing, but you're kind of thrown right into the story. There was no character or world building done prior to the start. You're introduced to the main cast of characters as they are presently, without any detail or history as to the "why" of the events unfolding. You're to just accept that things are happening to people. As the story progressed, I found myself more invested in the characters and the story. The world becomes richer with the turn of each page, and the main cast of characters end up with minor development.
I became more and more hooked with each reading session, and by the end, I've become fully immersed and drawn in.
I'm eagerly anticipating the release of the next book, Prophecy's Daughter, this coming January. I ended up giving the book 3 stars because of how long it took to get immersed. If you're a fan of fantasy, this one's definitely worth the read. The Endarian Prophecy is a series to keep an eye on this year.
Oct 18, Michael Kremen rated it it was ok. Did Not Work for Me I got this book as a Kindle First book, it comes out in November, with the remainder of the trilogy out in early Maybe this book would work for younger readers, or those less versed in fantasy, or someone along those lines. It has heroes and villains established rather quickly, and action gets going relatively early to get the plot moving. That said, though some passages were descriptive, I felt more like I was being told things that mattered rather than being shown them. The villains seemed naturally mustache-twirling before even speaking, and the heroes do not develop early with delicate paint strokes early on so much as get revealed through big splats from the paint can.
If that wasn't enough, the naming conventions really threw me off. It shouldn't matter, and in a better developed story, it probably would be less of a blip, but here it drew me out of the story each time. In short, maybe this book and trilogy will work better for other readers, but it made me not able to sit and read for over a week. I downloaded this title as my Kindle First October Book. I enjoyed it, but I knew I was going to get myself into trouble reading the first of a series that isn't fully published yet!
My overall impression is that this book has a classic but compelling fantasy plot, but I wish everything had been more fully developed. There wasn't much world-building in the beginning and the characters are not very complex, but I can feel their potential.
I hope that the second and third books in the series add to I downloaded this title as my Kindle First October Book. I hope that the second and third books in the series add to the world's depth more effectively and make the characters nice and round. However, the book's simplicity does make it a quick read.
I also felt like the "action" scenes were well-written and engaging, but the slower scenes that were meant to develop the plot were not. For example, the main character, Carol, would wake up, eat something for breakfast, go wash up in the stream, chat with an acquaintance, take a nap, then have a four-sentence conversation with her mentor, say she'd be right back after she packed her wagon, go pack the wagon, return for six more sentences with her mentor, and then go to bed.
I really didn't need any of that—could they not just have had the conversation? Do I care that she took a nap or had to pack her wagon? No, I do not.
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When men try to write feminist lead characters, there's often something just slightly off about it, and this is no exception. I just felt like Carol's thoughts and emotions were stated to plainly and left for face-value. Sometimes Phillips felt the need to write her internal monologue in a way that reiterated important things that happened, almost as though he was afraid you hadn't caught them the first time. All in all, I read this book quickly and did enjoy it. I'm intrigued by the story and certainly want to know what happens next, so I'll keep my eyes out for the next one.
I just need to remember that it's going to be a quick and not-too-deep type of read. Feb 22, Jennifer rated it it was ok Shelves: I'm not even sure how to shelve this book. While it is written for a YA audience no swear words, no intimate scenes or mention of sex at all, and overall clean content , the MCs are adults- the h is 22 and the H is This book shouldn't be shelved under romance since there is absolutely no interaction between the MCs.
They think back on their shared history, but at the beginning of the story, haven't spent any time together in five years. The magic is a little odd and it never felt fully explai I'm not even sure how to shelve this book. The magic is a little odd and it never felt fully explained.
Maybe that was the intention of the writer- to make the magic of the world inaccessible and esoteric. If that was his aim, he succeeded. Unfortunately, while I can suspend disbelief to enjoy a story, I need to be able to feel like I understand it a little or I can't connect at all.
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And that was the case with this story. The writing style was also a little hard to get into. By the end of this book, I could decisively state that it wasn't for me.
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There's a lot of narrating and the author jumps from action to action, with very few segues, and that made for a rather disjointed reading experience. However, reviews have said that the second one is better than the first one, so I think I'll give it a try. If anything, I'd like to see if the MCs are ever reunited, and my curiosity at that must mean that this book wasn't totally bad. Apr 23, Brian Baker rated it did not like it.
It's not often I desert a book consciously. Sure, I'll leave a book if I burn out, and I'll even forget something I was reading or worse, where I was and just not feel invested enough to pick it up again. But this book frustrated me so much I had to just put it away. Please feel free to skip this if you want the experience of someone who made it to the end. I made only a few chapters before I had to quit.
Random changes in character telling their entire backstories in their own head with little It's not often I desert a book consciously. Random changes in character telling their entire backstories in their own head with little to no provocation drew me so far out of the experience of reading or storytelling that I couldn't accept what was happening at all. Characters thinking in painstaking detail about a war they want to start and how they got there, then switching to a king establishing exactly what happens what they die--and the predictable reactions of those involved--made me realize that such plain-told foreshadowing meant that efforts towards any sort of twist or change would have to be ridiculously jarring or back-handed in order to be remotely interesting.
Getting there was going to be such a trial; with little promise of it actually coming, I decided I was better off just stopping where I was. Nov 05, Kirstin rated it it was ok. Struggled with what rating to give this, I read it all, but unlikely to bother with the next book when it is published. I also struggled with t Struggled with what rating to give this, I read it all, but unlikely to bother with the next book when it is published.
Oct 06, Diana Carson rated it liked it. Character development very light but nice plot. Classic hero's journey This is a fun fast read, not a complete story to itself. If you want to read all the books in the series, then dive in. Good for young teens, nice female character. Oct 15, Cherryl Stiles rated it really liked it. The book was very well written. I gave a 4 rating because, well it was almost superb. But as much reverence the author has for his wife, having the names Carol for a great and powerful wielder that was professed from thousand years back, I felt like Carol was not a very apt name for a such setting of magic and time.
Neither is Kim for an Endarian princess. Anyway, story was really good all in all. Can't wait for the next books. Dec 30, Jacqueline Firster rated it did not like it. I got through the first chapters by reading a chapter a night to put myself to sleep no ea Wow. I got through the first chapters by reading a chapter a night to put myself to sleep no easy task as I am an insomniac. Then it just became way too stagnant and plotless.
The main heroine had a spark of a story in the beginning then that just disappeared. And that was it. About all I could take. May 13, Toivo rated it did not like it Shelves: While the sentences were properly constructed, they jumped around too much; enough time was spent describing food and routine actions, and yet the characters would randomly jump over obvious monumental things. That of course on top of a great collection of tropes, wish-fullfilment and characters mostly motivated by joining the party, or otherwise conveniently happening to be there.
It wasn't the worst book ever, and it even had a certain entertaining energy to it, but eventually I had to admit defeat. Nov 01, Gloria rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book was good enough to want to continue the series. The description is somewhat misleading, because though Blade or Arn and Carol have feelings for each other, there was no interaction between them in this book.
Rather, the King believed that Rafel, Carol's father was being treasonous and sent Blade to kill the family. Blade warned Rafel and then went on his way. In her training, she nearly succumbed to one particular elemental which created a block, and when their wielder died, she became all they had at the end of the book.
They fought together, escaped enspelled cities, and rescued an Endarian Princess, Kimber. They returned to Endar with Kim, as she preferred to be called, with news of the city; that an ancient enemy was still alive. They will now seek out the banished group led by Rafel and Carol. He had a meticulously detailed statue in his enspelled city; and Blade found it, recognized it as Carol. At the end, Kragan made a deal with Kaleal, an elemental and demon, to share possession of his body and allow Kaleal to influence things in the real world.
Kaleal, too, has a grudge against the Endarians. Feb 02, Steve Pillinger rated it really liked it Shelves: I hate it that young adult books are so seldom change that to 'never' advertised as such! It always takes me a while to realise that that's what I'm reading, and then I feel conned. It gradually dawned on me that this was not like Phillips's Rho Agenda books which I thoroughly enjoyed: But … the basic story wasn't bad. So I persevered, and I'm glad that I did. The heroine's gradual discovery of her powers is well handled, with the stakes steadily getting higher as the book progresses.
I definitely want to know, now, what happens next! One complaint, though which helped knock off the 5th star , was that the two main storylines were presented in segments that continued too long before switching back. The action resumed exactly where it had left off, with no reminders of what that point had been; and I often found myself scratching my head trying to remember what was going on.
As I say, though, it's an excellent plot and I will definitely be buying the sequels. Jun 28, Brianna rated it it was ok. Confusing mess I fell absolutely no drive to even get the second book. This thing is a huge mess. The only interesting character is the assassin and even then, a lot of his personality is so knotted that it's conflicting of itself. The jumping around of the story is unnecessary. I mean I get needing to cover all your characters, but even the time lapses is extravagant. Pretty much nothing was accomplished by any character. The main female character got really good at magic.
Why Confusing mess I fell absolutely no drive to even get the second book. Why not just have her have a really hard time accomplishing magic in general? Main Male character is an assassin and the only interesting character, but you get no time to view anything fun going on. Topping this off with the audio book reader being boring as all get up, emphasizing the wrong syllable of words, ending simple sentences like they are questions, and really only 3 voices that can be distinguished, I can't fathom the idea of the other books being any better.