Wow- a gem of a novel! I read this in two nights- couldn't put it down. The dialogue is natural and the characters are believable. Kittrell has a gift for creating and fleshing out a storyscape in which his characters ebb and flow though both internal and external conflict. He maintains a great balance of *what* story and plot he is telling, with *how* he tells it. Many authors concentrate on the latter and we the readers end up drowning in a sea of adjectives. Not so here. I felt my perceptions of the protagonist shift from like, to distaste, to worry, and back to like again. I am beginning the sequel tonight- I hope he brings it like he did with this one! (I received this book via a LibraryThing giveaway in exchange for an honest review).
(I was given this ebook and asked to read it and give honest review from Librarything.)
While there are indeed grammatical mistakes and verb tense inconsistencies not to mention the occasional misspelling, the author makes up for these in creating a story and characters with heart. It it a YA novel, though younger readers (and older ones like myself) will certainly enjoy it. I liked the juxtaposition of the races- Orcs and Humans forming an alliance against cruel Elves- aided by talking animals who stay true to their species' inherent traits.
I like to think another book will be written to pick up where this one left off. In the hands of a good editor and a couple of workshopped draftings, this tale has the solid potential to be a very good series.
Emotional, lush, evocatively written, I wanted more! The writing itself is extremely well-crafted and the character is achingly passionate, believable and real. I would love for this story to be just a little longer.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Absolutely loved this. Mix Bradbury, Heinlein, and a dash of Vonnegut and you get this short story which never stumbles in its narrative, characterization, or story arc. There are no superfluous words here. Will be keeping this on my Kindle and looking forward to reading the author's other works.