Very Good First Novel,
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This review is from: Enchantress (The Evermen Saga, Book One) (Kindle Edition)
Since this Kindle book was free I think the author deserves a review in return. Overall, and especially given that it's a self-published (plus Amazon) effort, and a first novel, I have to say that James Maxwell has done an excellent job. Enchantress is more enjoyable than many books by signed authors.
There are some caveats, but nothing too bad. I felt that some of the writing, especially the dialogue, in the first half was a little perfunctory and stilted, but as the story picked up pace, the author seemed to find his flow and that reservation melted away. There are also very occasional typos, but they're very few and far between, perhaps one every forty pages or so, to hazard a guess. A publishing house would probably have weeded them out. However, this is to be very picky: the typos are very minor, scarcely disrupt the flow and, to be fair, it is very, very hard to pull out every single typing error. To have got it down to such an insignificant level is a job very well done.
Other than that, the story is easy to read and follow (it's not Steven Erikson), by-and-large suitable for teenagers onwards (it would probably get a 15 rating if it were a film) and builds to a suitably dramatic climax. It would make a good holiday read. The system of magic is based on runes and a substance called 'essence', and it's cogent, integral to the story and used to good effect. The premiss is established early on and the story follows that through. It's very well plotted and the pacing is spot on: plot-threads diverge and come together again with aplomb. It's definitely one of James Maxwell's strengths. There's a range of cultures and the world hangs together well. World-building is another strength. The general tone of the novel reminds me of Adrian Tchaikovsky, if that's any help to would-be readers.
In summary, James Maxwell has the potential to be a very successful, popular fantasy author. This is a very accomplished first novel and, if you like the genre, you will probably find it an enjoyable romp through a well-constructed world. It's better than many novels from signed authors and fully deserving of all the positive reviews.