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  • Legends of Marithia: Book 2 - Darkness Rising on Jan. 10, 2012

    The first chapters are a bit tough to follow in that Legends of Marithia: Darness Rising bounces around a little in time. In one chapter, we're told a character died, then in the next chapter, we go back a little in time and see how that character died, without any indication that we've shifted gears except for a chapter change. Each chapter tells the story of one of the characters, mostly in an omniscient point of view, but focusing on that particular character, so it does work, even if it's a tad awkward in the beginning. As with many epic fantasy novels, this one has a prophecy. We begin early in the book to see that the wheels of motion have started spinning on the fulfillment of this prophecy, when a child is born from a mix of a sorceress and a vampire, a mating that is illegal and punishable by death (vampires can peacefully co-exist, but there is a 'racism' issue with the people and the vampires in this story). The child has to witness the cruel murder of her parents and she strikes a deal with the ruler of the underworld and thus the prophecy is set in motion. A caste system with a king and a jealous prince who wants his father's crown exists in this universe, and a rival in love with the princess is cast to bring about conclusion of the prophecy. This results in the prince seeking to destroy him before he can succumb to or fulfill his fate. The once peaceful Marithia erupts in war. The castle lies in runs. The knight from the prophecy is in cahoots with and spellbound by the dragons (and I have to say, I loved the dragons in this book!), and Shindar, the demon of the underworld, has been waiting for centuries to exact his revenge (which is another good story I would have liked to read more about so I'm hoping it's in part one of this series!) I won't say anything more about the plot, as to not give away any spoilers, but basically, the rest goes about seeing how the prophecy plays out and trying to set right what once went wrong. The dialogue is a bit stilted. There are instances where the characters talk too much, in a manner not consistent with dialogue from real people. It felt as though sometimes the author was trying to tell the story through the dialogue, instead of just letting the characters talk to each other. I like the writing style. It's super fast-paced. I found that, unlike a lot of books I've been reading recently, I didn't feel a desire to skim and skip ahead to get to some action. Unfortunately, because it was mostly expositional (a lot of telling and not enough showing), I didn't get as deeply involved in the story as I would have liked. The author tells us a lot of things, but I would have preferred him to show it to us as it played out. For an indie published (self-published) book, the writing and editing were better than most I've read, and the minor errors I came across didn't jolt me out of the enjoyment of the book. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book. I like a good fantasy novel now and then, and this one kept my interest. I found I want to get to know the characters better and it was easy enough to slip into the universe and live in it while reading. The pacing is good, keeping my interest. The writing is good, though it has a little room for improvement, as does the editing. Overall, it's a quality read and one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy. Now, I'm doing things backwards, but I already purchased the first book in the series and will be reviewing it as soon as I finish it, because I want to know more about Marithia and the people in it.
  • Legends of Marithia: Book 2 - Darkness Rising on Jan. 10, 2012

    The first chapters are a bit tough to follow in that Legends of Marithia: Darness Rising bounces around a little in time. In one chapter, we're told a character died, then in the next chapter, we go back a little in time and see how that character died, without any indication that we've shifted gears except for a chapter change. Each chapter tells the story of one of the characters, mostly in an omniscient point of view, but focusing on that particular character, so it does work, even if it's a tad awkward in the beginning. As with many epic fantasy novels, this one has a prophecy. We begin early in the book to see that the wheels of motion have started spinning on the fulfillment of this prophecy, when a child is born from a mix of a sorceress and a vampire, a mating that is illegal and punishable by death (vampires can peacefully co-exist, but there is a 'racism' issue with the people and the vampires in this story). The child has to witness the cruel murder of her parents and she strikes a deal with the ruler of the underworld and thus the prophecy is set in motion. A caste system with a king and a jealous prince who wants his father's crown exists in this universe, and a rival in love with the princess is cast to bring about conclusion of the prophecy. This results in the prince seeking to destroy him before he can succumb to or fulfill his fate. The once peaceful Marithia erupts in war. The castle lies in runs. The knight from the prophecy is in cahoots with and spellbound by the dragons (and I have to say, I loved the dragons in this book!), and Shindar, the demon of the underworld, has been waiting for centuries to exact his revenge (which is another good story I would have liked to read more about so I'm hoping it's in part one of this series!) I won't say anything more about the plot, as to not give away any spoilers, but basically, the rest goes about seeing how the prophecy plays out and trying to set right what once went wrong. The dialogue is a bit stilted. There are instances where the characters talk too much, in a manner not consistent with dialogue from real people. It felt as though sometimes the author was trying to tell the story through the dialogue, instead of just letting the characters talk to each other. I like the writing style. It's super fast-paced. I found that, unlike a lot of books I've been reading recently, I didn't feel a desire to skim and skip ahead to get to some action. Unfortunately, because it was mostly expositional (a lot of telling and not enough showing), I didn't get as deeply involved in the story as I would have liked. The author tells us a lot of things, but I would have preferred him to show it to us as it played out. For an indie published (self-published) book, the writing and editing were better than most I've read, and the minor errors I came across didn't jolt me out of the enjoyment of the book. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book. I like a good fantasy novel now and then, and this one kept my interest. I found I want to get to know the characters better and it was easy enough to slip into the universe and live in it while reading. The pacing is good, keeping my interest. The writing is good, though it has a little room for improvement, as does the editing. Overall, it's a quality read and one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy. Now, I'm doing things backwards, but I already purchased the first book in the series and will be reviewing it as soon as I finish it, because I want to know more about Marithia and the people in it.