Path of a Novice: Silvan Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A fearless warrior. An implacable traitor. The path toward a destiny only a god foresaw.
Fel'annár is a gifted immortal warrior embarking on his first patrol into the Deep Forest. Half-Silvan, half-Alpine, he battles the enemy from without, and the prejudice from within. But he learns more than just warfare when an arcane power begins to emerge, one he cannot control.
While friendships are forged, a destiny unfolds, one that is tied to a past he knows nothing about. For others, though, it is only a matter of time before the truth is revealed, and the danger becomes real.
If you love high fantasy worlds with compelling characters on a dangerous mission, you can't miss Path of a Novice, book one in the epic fantasy series The Silvan Saga.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 23 minutes|
|Narrator||Daniel Thomas May|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 12, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #23,736 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#101 in Magical Realism Fiction
#579 in Fantasy for Teens
#943 in Magical Realism
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The author also slipped from narrating through the eyes of the characters, to narrating from a ‘God-stance’. One example is: they were walking through a courtyard looking at ‘studies’ and ‘healing halls’ off to the sides. They could not know this at this point as they had just arrived. You would have to insert ‘what looked like’ ground-floor studies.
On a positive note, I thought the dialogue was generally not too bad and some of the characters reasonably well-drawn.
It was simply not believable that the main character had never heard of the King's indiscretion, since this appeared to be a well-known historical fact to everyone else.
I add some notes below to highlight some of the language issues. Many passages needed to be re-worked but there were too many to list here. I had 140 pages of ‘notes and marks’ on my kindle, where the text needed to be amended.
This is a poorly-written book which needed much proof-reading and editing prior to publication, which obviously did not happen. The Epilogue was particularly dreadful.
Everywhere the author has used ‘thusly’ should be either removed entirely or replaced by more appropriate vocabulary. ‘Thusly’ should not be used at all.
‘to be banished thusly by the Silvans’ should be ‘to be banished by the Silvans’
The author should also remove every ‘utter’ which is included in the text – ‘utter’ is simply not required and where it is included is inappropriate.
‘his antagonist’s comment somehow ameliorating his aggressive emotions rather than exacerbating them’ should be ‘somehow modifying his aggressive emotions rather than fuelling them’
‘gesticulating wildly’ should be ‘gesturing wildly’ (‘to gesticulate’ has the sense of ‘to point’)
‘adverse to the idea of’ should be ‘averse to the idea of’
‘an onerous weight settled in his chest’ should be ‘a heavy weight settled in his chest’
‘simply burned carelessly’ should be ‘simply burned indiscriminately’
‘prompted the king monotonously’ should be ‘prompted the king dully’ (indeed on every occasion ‘monotonous’ is used, it should be replaced with more appropriate vocab)
‘with time came a purge of what worked, what didn’t, what might’ should be ‘with time came a synthesis of what worked’
In general, the commas are placed incorrectly within sentences throughout the entire book. Commas are also used too liberally by the author and are often not required.
‘one he had craved for’ should be ‘one he had craved’ (the ‘for’ is included in ‘craved’)
‘to earlier promotion’ should be ‘to early promotion’ (if you use the word ‘earlier’ here it means promotion that happened earlier in the day, for example)
‘the noble onus of protecting Valley’ should be ‘the noble responsibility for’, or ‘the noble charge of’ (‘onus’ means ‘putting emphasis on’ eg: the onus was on him to do the deed)
‘since for as long as he could remember’ should be ‘for as long as he could remember’ (the ‘since’ is not required)
‘fields sprawled endlessly into the horizon’ should be ‘fields sprawled endlessly to the horizon’
‘gesturing for them to dismount somewhat rudely’ should be ‘gesturing rudely for them to dismount’ (they are not dismounting rudely, it is the gesture that is rude)
‘Far be it from he to distrust the word’ should be ‘Far be it from him to distrust the word’
‘being lain to waste by the Sand Lords’ should be ‘being laid to waste’
‘it was the Silvans that lead the festivities’ should be ‘it was the Silvans that led the festivities’
‘as they danced and they drunk’ should be ‘as they danced and drank’
Constructions of sentences and paragraphs
Too many problems to list.
PS) FYI, I ended up buying the other two in the series and had to read them before I could take the time for this review!
Emerging to straddle the two races comes Fel’annár, offspring of both Alpine and Silvan, with all that will entail.
There are rich characters, underlying conflict, as the path of this young novice warrior, who cannot be hidden, much though some would wish him to be, steps forward...
This is only the first book and the reference to Eddings and Fiest might be a bit over the top, but it was a great book, the story well told and the cast of players well developed.
A must read for fans of fantasy!
Obviously books are all about personal taste but this really is worth a read !