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Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Twenty-Sided Sorceress series in reading order: (completed series!)
Murder of Crows
Pack of Lies
Thicker Than Blood
- ASIN : B00M9WCUOQ
- Publisher : Doomed Muse Press (July 30, 2014)
- Publication date : July 30, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 990 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 154 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1500629723
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,323 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book itself is nearly indistinguishable from the Dresden series, the Vesik (Erik Asher) books, Mercedes Lackey, the Ebenzum/Wuntvor humorous fantasy by Craig Shaw Gardner, the Fantastic Four or even, if you go back in time far enough, Doc Savage... A misfit with a special power thinks she's all alone in the world with an unwinnable boss battle in her future. Gradually she meets many other superheroes, most of whom have inferior powers to hers. (She is, after all, the protagonist.) She befriends many, defeats the rest and moves on with a larger entourage than before, each time squeaking through the level's boss battle.
Of course you can have a wide variety of writings within that framework. In Justin Lee Anderson's Carpet Diem: Or...How to Save the World by Accident , it's done as Neil Gaimen would have, with a ton of humor. In the The Ebenezum Trilogy , it's slapstick with almost no depth, but very funny. Vesik and Dresden are almost noir-ish. This takes more the Mercedes Lackey middle ground of an adventure novel with a bit of humor.
So what's the rub? The books - and you need all eight - are very short. Yeah, it starts free. The first hit is free. But you need all eight. They end with cliff hangers. And are, on a dollars-per-page basis, pretty pricey compared. And because they're short, sometimes nothing really happens before the cliff hanger and the next book.
If you're willing to commit to buying the full series, all eight, you'll get maybe four normal books worth of material, but it will be good fun clever material.
Spoiler Free General Wordy Review: There are thousands of books in this specific genre, but this one is different! </insert geek squeal here> This was so much fun to read. It's oddly mysterious with superbly written characters and 1Up to the author for the real geek references. I loved it.
This book does not leave you hanging with the severe urge to throw your Kindle at the wall or used as a doggie chew toy---hey, it happens. All subjects are completed and there is a small back story that is told. I am positive more will go into this past in a future book, if not the next book! No worries!
The descriptive versus dialog versus filler is at a perfect ratio. Grammar and spelling was in check, but...
...there are 3-4 repetitive description fillers at the start. I'm very sad to say the book is actually about 2 chapters. I think the first 6 books should be made into one book for my own greedy and needy purposes.
It is magical--- I let it slide off my wand.
Note: This is my first book by this author, not my last. I have purchased what is available up to this date. Happy reading, listening or both, I love a read along. The audio book is good too.
PLEASE EXCUSE KINDLE TYPOS.
So as much as I loved it, the only part of the storyline that I found a bit baffling and frustrating was the romance at the end. I couldn't understand Jade's attraction to Alek beyond his looks. For romance to be believable, it needs grounding in common values, interests, and the reader needs a few "romance setup" scenes to show the attraction is more than just a shallow, surface level. Plus, besides him showing some kindness to her, he didn't seem all that interested in Jade. I could see them as becoming friends, but not lovers. And that was not shown, either. All she did was have these lusty thoughts about a guy she barely knew. Which is normal, but then the kissing just seemed to come out of nowhere at the end and felt forced. I just felt like the budding romance could have been better developed with a few scenes of friendship first, where the characters actually talk and flirt and "get-to-know" each other better before tongues are thrust into mouths.
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I will admit this is quite short and the author doesn’t really expand her world except to make it obvious that Wylde, is a town where supernaturals seem to congregate. Yet I found myself drawn towards Jade who admittedly is a bit rusty when it comes to magic but still has enough juice to save the day. Unfortunately the danger element turns pretty much into a damp squib with a really pathetic villain who if honest isn’t a match for Jade but it’s the potential here that I found so interesting. Yes Jade has snark which I found funny but she’s kind of in transition as this ends. I enjoyed meeting her ‘posse’ , thought the inclusion of a spirit guide was very different, oh and lest I forget there’s a certain tiger shifter who obviously has romantic possibilities. Have other authors written heroines who are Native American with magical abilities ? Yes but I didn’t feel this tried to copy ideas and actually felt different so I’d happily read more and find out exactly what Jade gets up to next.
What was not so great was the brevity of the story - I would like it fleshed out a bit more. Annie Bellet writes in a minimalist way - too minamalist for £6 + change that I paid for it. 120 pages is too little and I think reads more like a comic book or a YA novel. Annie Bellet has all the talent and interesting characters to make this a full sized novel, and I hope she does in the future. Her writing is good, her characterisation is good, with the exception of the 'hero'. He starts off intriguing but ends up being fairly one dimensional and standard alpha male but with only about half a dozen conversations with Jade. That needs more work. She's not a dummy and deserves better. :).
Still, a good romp and an easy read and I would love to see Jade up against her ex - as long as it lasts more than two pages.
Jade is a sorceress in hiding....because that's not the kind of magic with the best reputation to start with but also because someone wants to kill her more than anything. To do so she decided to play in plain sight by living in a place surrounded by shifters of all kind, some covens, and other paranormal, even if they think she is a simple witch she is happy there running a shop about comic and roleplaying game.
I must say that the fact she was loving roleplaying game and making allusion to it made this story even funnier for me. I mean imagine a real sorceress, with the power to throw real fireball, playing a simple mage in a virtual game... too funny and at the same i could envision it too well.
She is a fighter though and i was intrigued by her Wolf sprit ( oki i start to wonder why she is called Wolf by the way but that i will keep a surprise for you), she speak her mind and bloodlust has funny effect on her ^^;;
Justice, or Alek since Justice is a title, is a shifter, a tiger shifter to be more precise. Yes a feline one which isn't surprising since he is kind of a head security ( and judge and jury) and from several books it seems a trend than paranoïd, a bit close minded ( or at least fully bent to one objective and obtuse about the rest) shifter must be feline one. I did like him, really.
The others gamers, shifters of all kind ( fox, wolverine etc) are funny. Harper especially, she is acting so young.
The plot isn't fully new but it's well written and i took pleasure following Jade trying to help and hide at the same time. The magic we see at use is mostly bad, really dark while hers which should be , if we follow what the people think, is in fact a lot more natural and can be used for good.
It's not a long novel but one that i do recommend if you want a good urban fantasy ( with a touch of roleplaying game)
The Heroine, Jade Crow, has introduced herself and quickly become real. There is clearly much more to her than we are allowed to see in this first book of the series and I am looking forward to finding out just who she is and what she is capable of.
The other main character, Aleksei Kirov, certainly made a strong entry into the story but rather quickly, perhaps too quickly, revealed he was definitely a good guy.
By the end of the short there is no doubt that romance for the two a distinct possibility. I think I would have preferred if this could have been allowed to progress slowly.
Nevertheless this has been an enjoyable start to a series which I will hopefully be following to its conclusion.