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this book seems like a 1st draft. how it made it to publishing I have no idea. the characters are cliché which I can understand and can live with, but in terms of their development and consistency it is abysmal. Lee starfinder (the protagonist's mentor) is a douche. How Gewey or any other character haven't punched him in the face yet, I have no idea. for a mentor, he has a worrying case of bipolar. one moment he is praising Gewey for a spur of the moment recklessness, next moment he is berating him (a beginner) for his lack of experience during training. not even women would play you hot and cold to this extent. there is a severe lack in continuity in terms of character personalities.
also, chapter 3 (i think. forgive me if i recall incorrectly) where does one begin? I understand that you want to dedicate an entire chapter to giving Lee a back story by letting Lee give a camp fire story. but the way the author writes it makes it feel as though Lee is reading out his life story from a book rather than orally telling it. It was a tough chapter to overlook.
all in all, it is passable.....barely. the ideas although cliche are fine. but lacks skilful presentation. the book tries to do too many things at once and does not give the appropriate effort required to flesh them out. much more thought required. and definitely hire some better proof readers.
the narrator does his best with the material he has been given, but I can understand if he lost the will to put in anymore effort without actually having to re write the entire book itself.
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Would you try another book written by Brian D. Anderson or narrated by Derek Perkins?
In short no. The main protagonist was whiny and not really likable. I think it is a combination of the performance and lack of character depth that causes this.
Has The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1 put you off other books in this genre?
Not at all, I love this genre and will continue to read book from it.
Would you be willing to try another one of Derek Perkins’s performances?
Probably not, I found that the performance was disappointing, Gewey in particular is performed in such a whiny way that it was quite annoying.
What character would you cut from The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1?
Salma'tia and also Lee's confrontation with the Elf.
Any additional comments?
This story would probably make a great introduction to the genre. For more well read genre buffs you will not find this in any way satisfying. I came to this book having just read (listened to) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and The Skull Throne by Brent Weeks both of those books are fantastic and this book just couldn't live up to the precedent.
Gewey is too whiny and snivelling for a protagonist, we get that he wants everyone to do the right thing, you don't need to reinforce it with wide-eyed innocence at every possible decision.
The book ends in an odd place, there's not really a cliff hanger as the "big climax" happens quite a bit before the end of the book and then it just tapers off into a nothing side story.
It's predictable at almost every point in the story, surprise! this character who appears kind isn't!
I don't think I will buy the second novel. Which will be the first time I ever let a series of books go unfinished (and I bought book 11 of the Wheel of Time after the disaster that was book 10 !)
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Easy to get into, has a good pace to it. The characters become well developed and are interesting. I felt invested in their lives. Fun story.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Good start to this fantasy series. Not greatly compelling, and sometimes a bit slow, but no real complaints from me. I like the characters and the relationships that are forming, with developing bonds of loyalty and camaraderie. I also like the type of magic the godling uses.
No sex, no cussing. Some bloody violence, but not too dark. Sometimes the author slips up, inserting modern slang phrases, but otherwise, decent writing style. The author writes action scenes better than he does dialogue, in my opinion.
Here is an example of a vivid action scene, from book 6:
"Again the Ajagara charged, its impact this time causing large cracks to form in the pillar. One more assault like that, and Gewey knew it would collapse and his protection would be gone. He looked urgently around for alternative cover, but with the mist still shrouding his surroundings, there was nothing in sight. As the beast backed away for a third assault, Gewey crouched low, his leg muscles tensed and ready to spring..."
Solid gold narration by Derek Perkins.
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