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The Risen Shard (The Chain Breaker Book 1) Kindle Edition
Trained to kill from a young age, Gavin Lorren finally escaped that life. No more killing innocents. No more working alone. The jobs are still dangerous, but at least he can choose.
Now an old friend has invited him to the city of Yoran where the work is plentiful. The Roasted Dragon tavern is rough but cozy. The regulars are seedy but welcoming. The owner Jessica is fond of him. It's almost too good to be true.
His good fortune is fleeting. Gavin finds himself facing a new enemy, fast and deadly El'aras warriors—an ancient race with innate magical talent. By the time he learns sorcery is involved, he's in too deep. To succeed, he’ll have to uncover parts of his past that he'd hoped to forget.
It will take an assassin without equal to survive.
It will take the Chain Breaker.
- ASIN : B08GKBG4K7
- Publisher : ASH Publishing (October 9, 2020)
- Publication date : October 9, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2197 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 380 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,212 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If I had to give any credit, the opening of the book was enjoyable and did a good job introducing the main character and his sidekick, but after the first 20 pages or so I began to recognize some glaring flaws. I am by no means a snob when it comes to books and writing styles, but this book irked me the further it went along.
Right off the bat, this is clearly a plot-driven story, which I don’t mind, as long as it’s written well. Sadly, this story was incredibly predictable and I found myself devoid of any curiosity about half-way through. The flow of the narrative is choppy, unrefined, and lacked a clear perspective. At times, I often found myself re-reading sentences because their structures and grammar were clunky and rudimentary. The dialogue was repetitive and unengaging, which ultimately led to the characters lacking any distinguishing voice. All in all, it felt like the narrative was plastered on the pages, rather than painted.
As previously mentioned, this story’s focus is on the plot. If you are looking for strong character work, I’d suggest you search elsewhere. The protagonist, Gavin Lorren, appears to be the only character with depth but somehow still remains shallow. The antagonist was bland as their motivations seemed forced and ultimately unbelievable. Other than Gavin, and a side character named Gaspar, I found it difficult to care about other characters due to their lack of personalities and one-dimensional traits. For example, a character named Imogen has this sense of mysterious badassness about her, but she doesn’t talk or do anything. She simply exists for Gavin to wonder if she’s a badass or not. I liken her to Captain Phasma. Absolutely pointless.
The story takes place in the city of Yoran, but the majority of the narrative takes place at three locations: a manor; a tavern, and the home of a healer. Out of the three, the tavern seems to be the only location with a sense of life to it. Don’t expect to learn more about Yoran and its identity though, as information about the city is sparse. The only other aspects of worldbuilding I received from this book is a tad bit of historical references, and the El’aras (basically elves) and their differing cultures. There’s magic in this story too, but I’m sure you can gather how its implementation faired based on this review.
Overall, I felt like I was reading the first draft of a story, which is a shame because I truly believe there is underlying potential within the narrative. I felt myself longing for the world and characters being fleshed out and fully recognized. The author has released over 100 books since 2013, which is a feat in itself, but it seems the focus is producing quantity instead of quality writing. The prose and grammar were easily the most frustrating of my critiques. I am sure Mr. Holmberg will continue his heavy release schedule. For now, I will hold off from reading anything else from his catalog, as I am open to trying another story a couple of years down the line. Hopefully, there will be a focus on polishing his craft and creating a story I can truly lose myself in. Here’s to hope.
Actual Rating 2.25
The conversations between Gavin and Wrenlow are tedious. I think they were meant to be humorous, but it just felt like Gavin was a jerk. The conversations between all of the characters felt unnatural actually. There’s a statement, then a question that challenges the statement, then a justification for the statement that didn’t really justify the statement, or they answered a question with a question. It felt like the conversations were just looping around themselves and going nowhere, especially when repeating information that has been said five times already.
The book was leaving me with too many questions and not providing enough answers. What is this race that Gavin keeps running into? What is so special about them other than the fact that they have magic in them?
The book was tedious as well because Gavin never progresses. He tried fighting the other race, but he got his butt kicked every time. Shouldn’t he at least grow a little bit after each encounter? Try something new?
I stopped at 65% because this book was just not holding my interest.
The book has some promise, but it's lacking in some regards. Mainly the writing style . It feels like the writer needed to get to a certain amount of pages or words. And instead of fleshing out the characters or describing more about the world in which it takes place, he just filled it with the same stuff over and over. We get it, the main character can dip into some energy reserve, but I think about a tenth of the book is just describing that. He needs to find more energy, but he can't. Oh wait, maybe he can. Flashback to training with Tristan. Let's try some more.
That and the maybe's are just exhausting. Maybe this was a good idea, but on the other hand, maybe it isn't.
Unfortunately, based on the ratings I bought the books as a set, so I'll go through them. It has some promise, but the writing style just ruins it for me. Compared to other recent books I've read, this is below standards.
The characters developed in this book will continue the game itself.
The story arc is wonderful too.