A couple of reviews have come in recently, and as anyone knows, these are the bread and butter of a self-published author’s marketing.
First, Sabrina over at Pubbing recently completed a review of One, the first volume of The Godslayer Cycle. I was pretty happy overall with her review, and even her criticisms were more a reflection of how much more she wanted to keep reading than anything else. You can check out her review here:
Next, I received a personal in-depth review on Tarinel’s Song, the first book of Chaos Rising, this one coming from Bob Siloti with Tridagam Games in Columbia Falls, Montana. Again, overall I am very pleased with the review. Bob offers some very good insights and reflections on the book that others certainly have missed. Here is Bob’s review in its raw form:
I have just read your second book…well done. So I don’t go on like a yes man let list my thoughts
1) the prologue …
In the first book your prologue drove me mad. I could not see it becoming meaningful to the story, then at the end it hit me like a Mack truck. You took your time in the second book as well. It built up suspense.
I have read many books over the years by many writers and your prologue rocks above many of them.
2) the story lines have been quite good. You keep things moving in interesting ways.
3) The characters the first book they were just right. I grow fond of the main and his Dwarf friend mentor.
The second book almost had to many for me. Many with t names that took me a time to relearn them as the left and came back into the story. At times I had to reread sections after I fegured out who the character was. This is not all bad, just hard on a guy like me. We don’t all have the same quality clockwork you posses.
4) Your vocabulary…I like the introduction of new words, and you seem to able to do this without arrogance. Many writers can’t do that. Many more writers are far to repetitious in their new words, and you feel as if they are trying to write the whole book with their word of the day. You also don’t write down to your reader. You have good balance.
5) Typos…this is the pot calling the kettle black. The first book was for the most part flawless. The second book had a dozen or so problems. For the most part they looked like word prossesor cut and pasts…part of a word here the other part there, or stuttering llleters. None of which is a big deal, but I feel deep down you have a future in this game and reputation is everything.
I liked the second book even more then the first. Why? Because the concept of your worlds and their cultures was more pronounced. I was taken to a new place with hardly any effort. The first book felt like home here on earth…that was very cool. But the culterist in you really came out in the second.
I have read the books of quite a few friends and acquaintances. Up until you came along, this has been mostly an unpleasent experance. With you I am all ready a fan.
Thank you and keep up the good work.
P.S. make the next one soon please.
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