The author submitted this one. The first thing that caught my eye about the cover was the unique style of the art, the dragon in the background, (I like Dragons – who doesnt?) then the interesting fish-bone looking sword in the character’s hand. I checked the blurb:
It needs work. In order to find out what the plot is, and not just background, I had to scroll down half-way through it.
“Driven by destiny, courage and love, Luminor’s intrepid daughter, Espira, must reconcile with her rebellious brother, Ardientor, summoning nascent powers to join the quest.”
I dug the concept, even if the blurb was structured oddly with one sentence paragraphs and teetering on infodump. I opened the preview. After maps, a preface, and a disclaimer, I arrived at a prologue.
The open is scenery and then a sword fight in the background. Slowly, the author zooms into the fight, and one page into it, we get a character’s name that was in the blurb “Ardientor.” The fight is written well. From the preface, maps and even a page on fantasy philosophy – you get the feeling this world has a rich history, and has been shown a lot of love by the author.
The writing is passable, and I plan to read a little more to get a better feel for the author’s voice. But so far… it’s a maybe for me. If you would like to see a review of this one, please vote for it in the poll of the week.