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  • 02/2019
  • 978-1644620397 B08NFMRP23
  • 105 pages
  • $12.95
Return of the Shadows Book Two
Alastrine and the chosen ones have all set off toward the temple. They need to get there and use the gems and crystal to restore the balance. The dwarf chosen have a troll sent by the Goddess Atla to aid them. The humans have a wood fairy named Felix to help them. The hawk chosen have Rex with them, and the elves have several elf soldiers at their side. They all run into hurdles that the Goddess Hel is sending their way as she uses her troll army, run by the shadows, to stop them and to destroy and enslave the four races.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 6.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: This epic fantasy novel would benefit from a clearer focus, and a more developed plot. While often gripping, the story might be enhanced through more dramatic tension, worldbuilding, and characterization.

Prose/Style: There is an absence of scene setting and description in this novel which keeps it from being captivating, and much of the novel is dialogue, which, though effective, ends up clogging the action and hindering characterization.

Originality: This book is somewhat derivative of other fantasy novels and would benefit from more original worldbuilding and elaboration. For example, the hawk people are unique to this world but their origins, culture, and physicality are unclear.

Character Development/Execution: The sheer number of named characters makes them hard to keep track of or tell them apart from one another. There book would also benefit from quieter scenes that accentuate the relationships between characters and temper the action.

Date Submitted: June 29, 2021

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 02/2019
  • 978-1644620397 B08NFMRP23
  • 105 pages
  • $12.95

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