Oh my I loved this book It was the most impressive indie author book I ave ever read The book was full of all the stuff I love fantasy adventure epic war and love I Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas highly recommend it to everyone I liked this better that the authors previous book though this was written first It s a well paced little adventure story with likeable relatable characters LOTS of details about weapons but given that one of the authors is a weapon maker that s to be expected If Iave one complaint it is that so many of the characters are good and competent a little failure and incompetence might be nice Or at least realistic Truthfully I Devils Gate have no idea why I picked this little jewel of a tale up but it was a good choice The tale is comprised of many vignettes of Engvyr Gunnarson s life Forced by circumstances to leave theirome and return to the dwarven The Old Myers Place (Halloween, homeland Engvyr s family embarks on an long and perilous trek The events and losses on that journey shape the adult that the young dwarf becomes moldingim into a reluctant Witcheskin heroEngvyr never giv There s a very strong western influenceere I mean American cowboys on the frontier style western influence Wagon trains rangers patrolling territory cavalry action I would say it s almost of a western than a fantasy novel There are a few fantasy elements A couple brief moments of magic use and monstrous beasties But they re few and far betweenIt does jump over several decades of the main character s life And it goes from zero to sixty to Jack Glass hit its climax in time to slam on the brakes in an attempt to wrap everything up for the end But it s a very uniue read And I really enjoyed it for being so different The firstalf of this book is promising but around pg200 a major shift appens All of a sudden we see the main character as an adult where previously e was an adolescent Big time jump of around 50 years The story of freedom is a good one well written Yet from the moment the war begins it reads so slow I skipped plenty of pages of troop movements and mechanical descriptions of weapons and was still able to follow the story line There could Me Write Book have been SO MUCH emotional pull from this story but it fell short for me This review orginally appeared on my blog I would tell the authors two things 1 pleaseire a copyeditor and 2 please just tell me a freakin story alreadyThe first issue the dire need of a copyeditor comes from a number of problems in the book To begin with there s this simple rule use a comma when and is being used to coordinate two independent clauses An independent clause also known as a main clause is a group of words that Cosmological Enigmas has a subject and a verb and can stand alone as a sentence It s not thatard but the authors just don t seem to grasp itThere was an ugly edge
to their laughter and as At Hells Gate he neared theme could see they were shoving someone back their laughter and as Never Goodbye (Albany Boys, he neared theme could see they were shoving someone back forth between themThere s also the fact that you use a comma after an introductory clause You don t ave to know the rule by its description to understand that the following is a bit of a mouthful without the needed commaAs they continued around the shoulder of the mo. Engvyr’s father gave up on the miner’s life to move the family back to their ancestral ome in the far north But the journey is fraught with perils the young dwarf Hunted by Herne (Otherkind Kink: Horned Gods, has never imagined and when tragedy castsim in the role of ero well what’s a dwarf to do The events of that fateful journey. N the drover and On the First Night of Christmas his victimLeaving the missing introductory clause comma aside this sentence brings me to my next problem with the storytelling in this book made up spellings of words to I assume remind the reader Remember this is a FANTASY Don t they just talk funny in fantasy world He stripped offis great coteGreat coteCoteNot coat Cote WHYThere s also the constant use of the word P.S. Im Pregnant hame instead ofome WHY Since writing this I Tigress for Two (Alaskan Tigers, have lookedame up and found it is the Scots language word for ome So no they weren t making that up but
The Book Wasn T book wasn t in the Scots language soooo Oh and while we re on the subject a cote is a shed for pigeons So there s thatFinally pyes instead of pies Oh look is Aunt is going to make Travel Pyes to take on the journeyAnd that s where I stopped Only 18% of the way into the book Chapter 7 of 36 and I couldn t do it any I couldn t read another sentence I rarely put down a book because usually I Crime and Punishment have to know whatappens In this case though I just don t care I mean I guess from the title Sailor Moon Episode Lists he becomes a rifleman but nothing aboutim or Attentions Throbbing his life in those first seven chapters made me care at allIf Iadn t been given a free copy of this book to review I wouldn t Dark Reflections (Dark Reflections, have even made it that far Pyes was just the final straw in aaystack of problems with this book The athors start with a Tolkienesue fantasy setting and take it one step further so it reads like an exciting Spinetinglers Anthology 2008 historical saga Definitely very well researched something I wish I could say often about fantasy books and gripping From the start I rooted for Engvyr and followedis epic story with compassion and recognition so now I m looking forward to stories about Angélique à Québec (Angelique: Original version himAlex The best thing about this book is the immersion You feel that the universe is a fully realised place with realistic people and cultures in it For all that it suffers a little bit by flicking between viewpoints which can feel jerky especially at the start Worth reading and I ll definitely be checking out the seuel Since most people will only read the first part of this revue I will start with what I liked The battles were very well thought out and the author clearly knewis stuff in regards to tactics and weapons I was impressed with the degree of research and detail that went
into thisbut one thing that kept with me thisBut one thing that kept with me was Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity how abrupt everything felt Weave characters falling in love over the corse of paragraphs and The Doughboys huge climactic battles resolving in a few pages At no point did i ever really feel like anything was earned things just sort ofappened And for me that all adds up to a 3 star book stories of a four foot Sharpe Whilst this is nominally a fantasy novel the fact it involves dwarves and goblins is really just a minor background setting it could just as easily be Napoleonic riflemen or colonial Africa and should be as enjoyable to lovers of those era s 魔法使いの涙 [Mahou Tsukai no Namida] historical fiction as to fantasy fans The authorsave clearly put a lot of thought into getting the technicals underlying the world accurate and consistent and seem to be setting up an interesting world to develop further in later books. Ing in the balance and the Futurity habit oferoism is a Ouija in Suburbia hard one to break In Diaries of a Dwarven Rifleman magic science and technology workand in Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism hand to create a new kind of fantasy world where the character life and relationships of an ordinary dwarf can steer the course ofistory and save a world. ,
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Untain the High road descended down a long ramp to the valley floorBy the way I won t even start in on the inconsistent use of Oxford commasThen there was the problem where the authors couldn t decide whether to capitalize aunt or not I lost count of the times the words Lenora his Aunt were used only to be followed a few paragraphs later byis aunt Which is the correct one The same problem occurred with the word GoblingoblinThese things may seem trivial but when almost "every page as missing commas and capitalization problems I was constantly being "page as missing commas and capitalization problems I was constantly being
OUT OF THE STORYSADLY THOUGH THEREof the storySadly though there t much of a story to be yanked out of which is my biggest complaint I could read a run on sentence that was one Desire Sensibility hundred pages long if the story was interesting I think I only noticed all the editing problems because I didn tave anything else in the book to keep my attentionI understand the authors are writing an epic fantasy Heck it s practically in the title But one doesn t create an epic by simply making it long and taking forever for the story to actually go anywhere An epic is vast and sweeping not merely telling the reader everything the people packedThey brought with them some small things that the family might need odds and ends like a spool of strong thread some iron needles a small bag of salt and a box of 14 bore slugsGuess what I don t care Unless that spool of strong thread and bag of salt are going to save someone s life Macgyver style on the next page I don t careThe pace of the story was orrendous Things would be appening adventure was there and then the characters The Faerie Godmothers Apprentice Wore Green have to sit in camp for a week because someone broke a leg But don t worry every single day of that week is going to be described in painstaking detail Dide shoot a rabbit or not Did The Sorcerer of the North (Rangers Apprentice his Aunt pick theseerbs but not those Fear not All these uestions will be answeredThis may be a bit of exaggeration not much but that s Practicing History how it felt to read this book Seven chapters in and I felt like Iad been reading for weeks Oh wait I ad Because I kept putting the book down reading another book and two novellas before I finished six chapters of this one Nothing made me care about the protagonist because e just watched things going on around Some Thing Black himWhat dide think about while watching Well after a painfully long description of ow rock slabs
were lifted to be a roof we get this doozyOnce Engvyr adlifted to be a roof we get this doozyOnce Engvyr Cant You Make Them Behave, King George? had it told it seemed like the easiest thing in the world He reckoned that a lot of things were like that A dwarf needed to learn to look at things in different ways when the way thate knew wouldn t doWowI wish I could say this was the only time the book seemed to be an epic fantasy Leonardo da Vinci hidden in a Life Lessons Primer but alas no So I ll tell you now don t ever ever judge a man solely because ofis race Judge Enkätboken him byis words Introduction to the Spiritist Philosophy his actions and the companye keeps but not by Play Me, Im Yours his race Didactic much But don t fear father dwarf Your son willave completely learned that lesson within a few pages when Health at Every Size he comes to the aid of a GoblinWithout thinkinge stripped off The Kings Witch (Frances Gorges Trilogy his great cote threw it over the goblin and stepped betwee. Have shaped and ruledis life but now Engvyr wants nothing than to make a place for Polvere alla polvere himself perhaps settle down and raise a family But when a new enemy rises in the Northe finds Wyoming Triple Heat himself at the center of the conflict with not merely the freedom ofis people but the fate of all of An Imperfect Spy (A Kate Fansler Mystery humanityang.