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A Reluctant Druid (The Milesian Accords Book 1) Kindle Edition
"With urban fantasy all the rage over the past couple decades, A Reluctant Druid brings a refreshing genuineness to the genre. Instead of a fantasy tale where the real world exists but is mostly ignored, the Milesian Accords embraces the mundane and peppers it with the fantastic, creating a rich adventure where the realistic characters are fantastic and the fantastic characters are real."-- Chandlej
"The book flows nicely and incorporates some history with fiction. I loved the characters and smooth progression of the story. Can't wait for more from this author."
-- Doug Collom
"Often times it takes me a chapter of two to become enmeshed in a story. I fell into this one from the starting gate! I love the characters and the plot is highly engaging. The dialogue is easy flowing and the tensions and relationships expressed naturally. I can't find a single thing to complain about. If you enjoy fiction with substance, this is the book for you!"
-- Wendy Sanders
From the Author
- ASIN : B07716V2RN
- Publisher : New Mythology Press (October 30, 2017)
- Publication date : October 30, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2967 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1942936877
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,462 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That said, I just purchased the second book in this series - the story line is that interesting. Fingers crossed the weaknesses I pointed out above are not so prominent in this second part.
I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher since I was a fan of other series that they publish. For honest review, yada yada. HOWEVER, I LIKED this book. I've been into military science fiction lately and was reluctant to read something that was, from the title, not sci fi. But I gave it a go since I have read many books from the publisher with good enjoyment (I find that when I find an "indie" publisher that I like that is willing to take on an author, that author usually turns out a good book.). This book, A Reluctant Druid, took me back to days a long time ago in my youth (yes, I'm old enough to say that ... now) when I played role playing games (RPG). This brought me some reminders of those types of characters but in no way was this the only reason this was a good read. (I've since run out of time to do RPG ... so I read instead).
For the first few chapters, I had been trying to figure out why the point of view kept changing. Then, with a forehead slapping moment, I realized that the name at the upper left near the chapter title was the name of the character who was doing the point of view (POV). Dang. I am so used to seeing a book from the eyes of one character that it did not dawn on me at first that this was happening. I LIKE IT!
There are times when something happening in one chapter is mentioned in a following chapter (different character point of view) so you realize that the action it taking place in parallel. This turned out to be a great way to bring depth to the characters by getting into their mind and seeing the way that they are seeing the world. So many times, action adventures can just be more about the action and less about the character development. Here, the main characters are developed well and continue to improve.
There are other reviews that get into some details about what the story is about. I'll let them tell the tale.
The book is written for an adult reader. I find the writing easy to follow and it does not get tiresome. The conversations between characters are actual conversations and not in the "he said", "she said" tediousness.
The complexity that makes up a human being comes out in Osborne's character development.
If you like this genre, you should like this read. If it isn't usually your type of story, I recommend giving it a try. In this day and age, you can at least do a kindle preview and, if that does not get you drawn into the story enough to purchase, then you will have at least given it an honest try.
I look forward to the rest of the series.
Note to parents...The Reluctant Druid does have opensexuality that may not be appropriate fot pre-teens. Although I would normally wonder if the carnal activites might be to add to sensationalism and sales, I am pleased to say the author uses sex very well. All the scenes are necessary to move the plot forward and show characer. None of the scenes appear to be there just as an extra. Weel done!
Alack, I purchased this book while at a convention, so i was reading it in fits and starts between activities. It's also the kind of book that makes me THINK- about craftmanship, etymology, morality, religious history, societal structure in the macro and the micro, the list goes on! Then my enjoyably complex train of thought would get derailed by the very convention activities I was so anticipating enjoying. Woe!
The excellent plot is far from the only reason this will be getting a reread soon, however. The characters all have unique and distinct personalities, moral compasses, and abilities, all of which are seamless with the plotline. I was especially impressed with the different and subtly distinctive "voices" every character has. As scattered as my initial read was, I NEVER had to turn back to see who was talking, even if the book had been put down for several hours.
Finally, the intricacy of detail as applied to the setting and the use of exceedingly subtle foreshadowing makes me *really excited* about both rereading A Reluctant Druid and the next book, A Tempered Warrior. The detail isn't excessive; it is just accurate and seamless enough to help you really fall fully into the story. My reactions to things that were foreshadowed being either, "So THAT'S why, ok, that makes sense!" or, "Hey, cool, I thought something close to that might happen!"