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I actually would rather have people enjoy my stories than make money. That is why I write. Therefore, you can get "The High Duties of Pacia," "A Princess of Fae," and "Jesika's Angel" all for 'reader sets the price.' Naturally, I would love reviews but you have no obligation to write one if you don't want to.
When he was a child, Bob Craton’s teachers often remarked (not always favorably) about his day-dreaming. He spent much of his time lost in his own imagination, often creating elaborate elementary school tall-tales, and the habit never went away as he grew up. Coming of age in the 1960s filled his head with dreams of saving the world and having a career in academia. Then the real world closed in. With a family to support, he took a job at the corporate grindstone, just temporarily until he could get back to grad school and earn the PhD he desired. Somehow ‘temporarily’ turned into thirty-three years of stress and boredom but he kept entertaining himself by creating stories inside his head. Interestingly (well, he hopes it’s interesting anyway), his best ideas came to him while he was stuck in rush-hour traffic during his daily commute.
At age fifty-seven, he retired early (a euphemism for ‘got laid off) and had time to put his tales on ‘paper’ (an ancient product now replaced by digital electronics). The ideas in his head were all visual, like scenes from a movie, and as he began writing, he learned to translate visual into verbal and improve his skills. Or at least, that’s what he says. He admits that sometimes minor characters – or some who weren’t included in the original plan at all – demand attention. Frequently, he agrees with them and expands their roles. Many people believe he is bonkers for believing that fictional characters talk to him, but he calls it creativity and remains unrepentant.
on July 03, 2013 :
An excellent second part to Craton's trilogy, this novel follows the characters introduced in Journey to Light. At last, they meet, which is something I was really looking forward to. I would recommend this trilogy to anyone who enjoys fantasy with a well-developed setting and likeable, complex characters.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
on May 29, 2013 :
The mystery and intrigue continues as the story delves deeper into the secrets of an old and advanced civilization. A darker force emerges, spelling a greater threat, with a magic dark and twisted but compelling. The various cities come under attack as it rises. My favorite characters Gracie and Holder, and the boy and the girl are on the road surrounded by peril and heading for distant destinations.
The book is hard to put down with so much at stake. Every chapter is full of intrigue and action even as war brews. It continues in a rich, gripping and complex tale with multiple characters and told from several view points. The amount of thought and planning by the writer becomes even more apparent. I particularly admire how the author very subtly creates a beautiful and thought-provoking legacy of a people long past.
I wouldn't give too much away but there is also an element of satisfaction where the long lost are reunited and a few of the old mysteries are solved. Even so, it ends in a cliff hanger as as the evil Zafiri responsible for the demise of the former civilization seek to wreak more destruction. I look forward to the next book where hopefully these wonderful and gifted people, who were so wronged, can have their legacy restored.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Feb. 02, 2013 :
I read the first part of this series late last year, and picked up the second book as soon as I had some free time. It was great to spend time with Gracie and Holder, and the rest again. All I can say is: "Awesome!" The first book does a great job of laying the scene, and this book, the sequel, is much more fast paced. I enjoyed learning how all the different point of view characters (all of whom are extremely well characterized, and really come off the page and seem like real people) come together to pursue the common goal. I won't give that away, since I hate spoilers.
Apart from the great characterization and the complicated plot, which will keep you guessing and make it hard to put the book down, the fantasy world Bob Craton created is vividly and beautifully rendered. I could really picture all the scenes, places, … which to me is very important. None of the descriptions drag either, which is equally important. I was very impressed by the author's ability to find that perfect balance when describing something and not overdoing it.
In conclusion, let me just say that Part 2 of The High Duties of Pacia series kept me reading well past my reasonable bedtime, but it was all worth it! The second book in a trilogy is usually not as enjoyable to read as the first and third, which is not the case with this book at all. If anything, this book is even more action-packed and more tightly written than Book 1. This is, however, not a fantasy series that you can read out of order.
As for me, I'm getting the final book now, since I can't wait to learn how the story ends.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Jan. 26, 2013 :
This novel continues with the amazing characters created in Part I, but as a novel, it is a superior creation. The characters are just as interesting, but we get a better idea of the conflict and what’s at stake as the disparate characters of Part I meet and become intertwined in each others’ lives. The sense of evil and menace is more palpable, and the reader is more invested in the outcome. After reading Part II, you’ll be anxious for Part III to finish this memorable journey.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on Dec. 18, 2012 :
Totally enjoyed and recommend this series as "clean" entertainment.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on May 21, 2012 :
A brilliant book that expertly creates a rich fantasy world. Unputdownable.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)