As a roving field technician, I have many stories both fact and fiction I'd love to write and publish, but not the skill to write them. Perhaps someday I'll be able to get it all down and passed along somehow. Other than that I really enjoy the fact that I have the ability to download and read all the books I want from anywhere I happen to be. Technology is a wonderful thing - the last 5 years sure has made traveling a lot easier for me... notably my 20 or so books I like to take along fits on one little tablet device! :)
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Smashwords book reviews by John McHaffie
- The Unsuspecting Mage: The Morcyth Saga Book One
on March 05, 2011
This is a very good series. I have read all 7 of this series, the first book of the sequel Travail series, and am anxiously awaiting the publication of the next book.
I agree that there are some slow spots, but overall this is a very engaging and visual series. It really creates imagery as you read it, and the action just gets more and more intense as the book goes on. In the other books it gets *really* intense as well.
I cannot imagine trying to review a book after only reading a few pages, so I am unsure how some of the one or no-star reviewers are coming up with their opinions of this book.
I think it is obvious by many of the comments (such as improper use of amber alert) that many people have not even read the book carefully at all. Do not care for this type of genre, or for some reason just want to post something negative.
If you like fantasy books (like Weis / Hickman type stuff, etc.) then you will LOVE this in my personal opinion.
Hey it's free. Give it a read and definitely read it for more than a few pages lol. You will find that you will be purchasing the next one... then the next one... just like I did.
If you must defer to proper grammar and sentence structure to create a comfortable reading environment for yourself, then this is not for you.
I give this book 4 stars only because there are others in this series that I think are better written as far as keeping the reader engaged in the story. Keep in mind that this is a *series* so after reading it just imagine how good the others get!
- Warrior Priest of Dmon-Li: The Morcyth Saga Book Three
on Aug. 26, 2011
All of these books are fantastic. Really a great read. Now I'm salivating for the next book of the second saga!!
- The Last Hero
on March 13, 2012
I have to say I'm really impressed to read an epic tale pcked into a short story. Really well done. I'd love to have a whole collection of these. You bet I'd pay a nominal fee for it. Can't say it enough... great work.
- Tides of Faith: Travail of The Dark Mage Book Two
on Jan. 07, 2014
I couldn't stop reading. I read it in one day (Well ok, I started about 3pm and finished about 1pm the next day!). It has been some time since the previous book published and I was worried that it might wander a bit 'finding' the plot again. My concerns were completely put to rest after the first few pages. I believe this could be the best of the two series so far. Well done and although I for one completely understand how life can derail our projects, I hope I don't have to wait so long for the next one!
- The Improbable Adventures of Scar and Potbelly - Ice Terraces of Crystal Crag
on May 05, 2014
Three cheers for Scar and Potbelly! A very enjoyable read just as a stand alone story, but if you've grown to love these characters from the Morcyth Saga books then it is like finding a real gem. Getting to read one of those tall tales you always wanted to hear the entirety of, but never go to.
After reading this, I can only hope this will become a series or at least a few installments. Really well done. Actually had me laughing out loud in several places and grinning so much my wife asked me what I was reading. Turns out she loves it too! BUY THIS!
- Lloyd and Boog
on Feb. 06, 2015
Yet another great book! I love the premise and the story so far. Definitely left me wanting to read the rest of the story. Now.. where is it?!?! lol - yes by all means complete this story when you get the chance. I think it would be another top seller for you.
- Teaser for Dark Shores of Salvation
on April 16, 2015
This really pumps me up for the latest in the Travail series even more. It also (spoiler alert) sheds a little bit more light onto what the heck Igor's role is and just what theck is he anyway? Although it ends up just complicating it even more by the end which is fair I guess :)
Really glad I decided to go ahead and read this. Very fun and interesting read. Looking forward to the next in the Travail series! Best of luck in life and work to Mr. Pratt!