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Land of Shadows (The Legend Of The Gate Keeper Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews

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Length: 207 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 800 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jeff Gunzel (1 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QQ60BI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeff Gunzel grew up in Chicago Illinois but now lives in Loveland Colorado. He graduated from Devry University with an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics & Computer Technology. He now writes fantasy novels and loves every minute of it.

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As a story, Land of the Shadows produces on the whole. While not being perfect, the story does progress at a good rate and does offer some reasonable character development. Scenes are described quite well, with enough detail and the the storyline works well also. However, while Fantasy Fiction does have a habit of ending in cliff hangers, this one was rather odd and I actually thought at first, that the Kindle App had frozen or the end was missing. In short, it seemd more like the end of a chapter, rather than a book ending.
What I did find a little irritating though, were the consistent errors, for example, the use of common, instead of come on. While I would love to be able to write in a non-native language, the book really does need editing, as a couple of sentences simply didn't make sense and one left me wondering what the author was trying to say.
Overall, I would give 4 stars for the story, but if I could, I would drop half a star for the poor editing. That said, the lack of editing seems to be a common failing in self-published Kindle books and at least this one did have more drama and suspense than some others I've read recently. As an author of a self-published book myself, I know this is the hardest part.
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I see that some of the earlier reviews have asked for editing of "Lands of Shadow". I have an updated version from 2013 and have a feeling that there must have been quite a bit of editing done if the previous critique was true. I like that in an author - the ability to listen to what people have to say and then decide if what is said is worth listening to. So that is one plus in Jeff Gunzel's favor.

I loved the opening scene. The warrior Morcel's choice to leave off the life he had been leading lately brings him in a sense back to the land of the living. All because that one last drop had fallen. Life is like that (although maybe not quite as brutal as the village scenes). Sometimes that one drop extra falls and you cannot stand your own choices any longer. Change comes - sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Morcel's having had his fill plays an important role in the plot of The Land of Shadows.

Right away I am going to warn you of a particularly gruesome scene - the one that changes Morcel's life. This is NOT a book for Young Adults and there are definitely trigger factors for those who have been victims of sexual abuse. Consider yourselves warned.

In this scene we meet a girl who also plays an important role in the development of the plot. If you are awake you will spot her reappearance. She is quite a strong character.

There is action from the beginning of Land of Shadows. Talk about intense scenes that just grip me and will not let me go. Not until Chapter 3 do we get a description of beautiful Tarmerria. But that beauty does have a back side. There are plenty of unwanted elements, crime and scary outlanders.
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Really enjoyed this book written in a David Gemmell style interesting story and likeable characters in a diff class than other free books I look forward to reading the next one
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This book should be better than it is. The plot is fine, the fantasy created world is ok, and there's a pretty standard mix of characters. However, the ensemble is like a bland curry. The prose is clunky and the descriptive passages appear tacked on as padding, rather than enriching the storyline. The events are too predictable and unemotional. The banter misses and the character development is erratic, making you feel irritated rather than sympathetic to their plight.
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I gave 5 stars because I was hooked instantly. At first I was annoyed at the continuous change from one character to another yet it all fit Into place brilliantly. I only started reading this cos it was free but I'm now going to buy the rest so I can see how the story unfolds. Book 1 was a well written read hope the rest stand up to the challenge of being equally good or better
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Good story line and plot with the characters each bringing your imagination alive. Can't wait to get the next one in the series.
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I enjoyed this fantasy fiction, once I got into it but it took a bit of perseverance. The book jumps from character to character, giving you their story, but it takes a long time for them all to link up. once it all starts to come together it gets exciting and the story line is good. I was left wanting to read the next book.
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I had this book from amazon as a free download as I am reading a lot of fantasy books at this time it started off at a slow pace but as you get into the story it becomes a lot more interesting so on that basis I ordered the other three books in the series and am now in the process of reading book 2.
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