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P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family's German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. He is currently finishing the third book of The Bow of Hart Saga fantasy series entitled The White and hopes to see released in Fall of 2017. His other two novels, The Bow of Destiny and An Arrow Against the Wind are both available now.
on July 06, 2017 :
This was my first fantasy book, and it seems like I chose the right one to start. The story is well crafted, and the suspense is kept so that it's not easy to put down. The characters are well developed, carefully thought out. The world in which Athson lives is worth exploring.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Autumn M. Birt
on Feb. 13, 2016 :
First off, let me say this book has one of the most absolutely gorgeous covers out there! I was drawn to the story because of the cover for sure, which I can’t always say (or always use to judge). And the blurb is really good too. I’m drawn into the challenges Athson faces and emotionally invested around the time I read “tragically orphaned as a child.” P.H. Solomon gets points for both of those right off the bat.
I loved the fact that the main character in Bow of Destiny is basically suffering from PTSD. I crave a fantasy novel that delves into the impacts of a violent world (like most fantasy stories)! This was another aspect that caught my eye in the blurb and got me to buy the book. And it works. I can’t think of many fantasy books I’ve read where the main character needs to take medicine daily, and often, realistically, forgets to between all the events occurring and the very human tendency to ignore problems when you feel fine – even if the problems you are ignoring makes you see things that aren’t there. Or are. Maybe…
Other things I liked: The premise is a different twist from other fantasy stories I’ve read. Here the main character is a human adopted into elvin society. This gives the elves, who are often portrayed as elitists in most fantasy, a warmth and acceptance, which was great. The setting and journey are also quite good. Not every day is sunny. There are problems on the road and setbacks. The rangers work as a team. There is a lot here that harkens to traditional fantasy of trolls, ogres, and dragons without falling into a cliched trap of knights and castles. This is a journey story and the travelers race at a fast pace with light gear and supplies. I always love a fresh take on traditions and this book offers that.
Things I think needed work: This is P.H. Solomon’s debut novel and I think it shows a lot of promise for him as an author, but there are a few flaws. There is a lot of description of expressed emotions: sighs, bunching brows, etc without telling why. And sometimes I just didn’t know, and wanted to, why the character was feeling … something. But I wasn’t sure what.
There were also a few chapters I completely lost track of and forgot about a character who was on the journey with Atheson. I really wish these sections had been more developed and that the friend was included. Otherwise, why bring him along? And considering the book’s ending, he is important.
That is, I think, the biggest failing and it is a small one: there are opportunities when I could have become a lot more involved in either characters or the setting, but most were missed. Which resulted in a lackadaisical reaction when a twist or solution suddenly presented itself. This could have been big things, like a character on the journey being virtually invisible at times, and small, like using a bat whistle common to the cave system they were traveling through for days, but never having seen or mentioned any bats making the whistle feel forced rather than a natural part of the world.
It is really for this reason that I’m giving Bow of Destiny 4 stars. It was really a fun read and holds lots of promise with its fresh take on traditional fantasy!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)