Summary

Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....
©2012 Brian D. Anderson (P)2013 Podium Publishing
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2 out of 5 stars
By Kexin on 04-11-15

bare bones.

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Brad Koehler on 10-08-15

More Eddings than Tolkien

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 !)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bob-o on 29-04-14

This is a great series!

I love this series. It's the story of a very young man who unwittingly becomes a hero and the story tells of his growth and of his heros journey. It's a story of sword and sorcery and love, and the love part is appropriate for all ages and not mushy, or over done. If you like sword and sorcery books with elves and monsters then this is a book you'll probably like as much as I do.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Chelsia Cottrell on 22-09-16

More for YA

I really tried to like this book, but it was just too "young" for my tastes. The adventure was lackluster, the main character is annoying and immature (he's 17 y/o and gets really embarrassed to spend a night in a room with a female under the premise of being married?? Not to mention his annoying trait of always having to be a hero without actually having the skills to be a hero.), and overall the rest of the characters were boring. I don't understand the need to add more companions to your group in an quest to save the world. Adding an old woman to your group? Really? Honestly the main character is what got me in the end. He was willful and ignorant, choosing to follow his own desires, which got him and all his friends into trouble. I don't care if his "instinct" is good, if you're on a quest and leaving your home for the first time ever in your life, you listen to the people with the experience. I just couldn't take his whining and childish attitude/actions anymore. This book is better for a teenager going through their "rebellious" state than an adult looking for a real adventure.

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