OVERVIEW: I enjoyed this ridiculous concept of a story. It was a fun romp through a mixture of scifi and fantasy. BLURB On a parallel Earth similar …Review of Kor’Thank, Barbarian Girl by Kent Wayne
As part of my craft (“craft” sounds really pompous, but whatever) I try to read indie authors in between the bustle of life and writing books. I recently just finished part 1 of A Torchship Marriage by Rall Mekin. Before I get into the why, I’ll TLDR this review by saying I liked it a lot.
I’ll try and stick to generalities in order to avoid spoilers. The story begins with a man called Rich (which is also a subtitle), who lost his family to tragic circumstances and is now starting over as a low-level worker in an off-Earth environment. From there, the story goes in unexpected directions, and while it does hearken back to Rich’s defining loss, it doesn’t drive straight into his hangups, which I appreciate. The strength of this story is in the world-building—the iteration of culture, religion, and government into a futuristic setting where there are infinite niches for people to reside in, and a vast range of contrasting perspectives. I’m not a fan of world-building which isn’t thought out (novelty for novelty’s sake), but that isn’t the case in this book. Even though I don’t have a flow chart connecting phrases and actions to past events, I can feel the integrity of the behavioral nuances—I can tell the author created a rich backstory for the book. Like I said, I don’t want to get into specifics, but the narrative has the feel of an open-world game, where Rich is sampling different points of view through his own disillusionment.
If you’re looking for a concentrated sprint toward a finish line, I’d say this isn’t the book for you. However, there are certain points of conflict throughout the book which I think will be fleshed out in future volumes, so if you’re into a moderate simmer that sets up a solid backdrop of set-piece elements, this is your book.
That being said, it does end with a driving, imminent series of events. The last scene made me clench my teeth in surprise and anxiety (the good kind, where you’re involved in the character’s outcome).
I’m looking forward to the next one. Five out of five stars.
Check it out here: A Torchship Marriage (A Man Called Rich Book 1)
A great review for a Door into Evermoor!
This Book Impressed
I have rarely been impressed by an Indy book. We independent authors are known for a few things, little of it good: trite plot elements, surface level themes, poor grammar/spelling, and poor characterization. In other words, our books suck, especially if you buy our stuff for $0.99 on Amazon.
Such were my expectations when I picked up Door into Evermoor, but I was wrong. I was so very, very wrong. This book is a delight to read, a true gem.
An Immaculate Read
Regarding my criticism of independent books: this one lacks all of them. The grammar and spelling are equivalent to something professionally published. I might have seen one typo through all of it, which is typical of what I’d expect in a professional work (editors are only human, after all)—but I’m not even certain. This text is clean and reads smoothly.
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Did someone say portal fantasy?! *Pulls out emergency vacation luggage* When do we leave?
(Buy Jonny’s amazing books here – Iseult)
I’m ready to go adventuring *gathers up dog and cat traveling companions*. Let us journey forth to the kitchen of never ending food!
This buddy read and rant is forA Door into Evermoor (The Unbound Realm Book 1) byKent Wayne.
Jon is a well-off kid with a stable future. But he can’t shake the feeling that he’s destined for something more—something different and strange, drawn from the stuff of dreams and fantasy. After a fateful encounter with a mysterious stranger, he gets more than he wished for.
Jon stumbles into a fantasy realm, filled with Wolven and witches, goblins and gargoyles. Along the way, he befriends a thief and a Wayfarer, a High Taire Duelist and a half-Elf princess. Wyverns…
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Hello Bookworms! I hope you’re having a happy, peaceful week. I was on “Spring Break” from school recently but had been working on projects all week …Book Review: A Door into Evermoor (The Unbound Realm Book 1)
In the strange event that The Free Writing Life can gain the attention from any of the writers that want to escape from the gulag of Kindle Vella, I …WHAT KINDLE VELLA IS
Big nope on Kindle Vella!
T.A. Walker finishes up reviewing Echo Volume 1 on her INCREDIBLE podcast! She balances narrative description with self-expression, blending it all into an entertaining take on what’s happening in my book while creatively expressing herself with deliberation and clarity! Awesome job!!
T.A. Walker once again graces my ears with another AMAZING podcast about Echo 1! Her delivery is pristine—I can’t believe she’s projecting so much energy, enthusiasm, and thought with a solo podcast!
While I was writing Echo, I remember thinking, “Is anyone gonna dig into this like I am? Am I spending too much time weaving subtle meaning into giant robo-suits and face-smashing fights?” Much to my delight, T.A. Walker is picking up all the details! 😊
T.A. Walker honors me with a FANTASTIC podcast about Echo, Volume 1! I was super impressed by her awesome delivery, as well as the fact that she pretty much picked out all the hidden commentary I put in the story which—at the time—I thought I was being super sneaky about. Thank you, T.A.!!
Aparna12 has written awesome review for A Door into Evermoor! Thank you so much Aparna!!!
Jon Dough pays a visit to an Armed Forces Recruiting Center in San Francisco, California where he meets Gunnery Sergeant Chris Attriya. Attriya shocks him with a revelation that he is not destined to be in Armed Forces but do something different. He opens the drawer and takes out a sheet of paper containing the sentence: SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Jon signs up for it. And then his illusion starts. He has the other worldly visions of dragons, lizard like men, armored knights etc. He feels that he is losing his sanity.
He wants to meet Attriya again but is shocked to find that he has been replaced by someone else who introduces himself as Gunny Hardwick. The latter shows him a shadow box that was given as a gift to Attriya.
In the shadow box below, the ribbons is a small black plate with six gold words…
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