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The Bow of Destiny (The Bow of Hart Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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And there’s plenty of troubles to be found here. Athson (the ‘Archer’ hero) and his band of supernatural allies (sorceress, dwarves, and other magical beings) face off against an assortment of strange creatures. Also a variety of challenging landscapes, some of which are cursed. There’s even some classic dungeon crawling in the ‘Troll-Neath,’ which is a phrase I love! I especially liked one action scene involving a bridge that reminded me of Indiana Jones, or the famous Balrog scene in LOTR. My only issue was trying to differentiate between the types of troll hordes that Athson fights. I have fond memories of the terms ‘Bugbear,’ ‘Kobold,’ ‘Goblin,’ and ‘Hobgoblin,’ but I have a hard time picturing what each one of these creatures would look like. On the other hand, some of the other fiends and spells that Athson faces are very chillingly described.
The author writes in a masterful, fluid style, and the pages just roll by. At the same time, I didn’t find myself annoyed or bored by any of the characters, which can be quite a feat (IMO) when it comes to Fantasy stories. A totally enjoyable experience! I look forward to seeing what happens next with these characters.
Generally, the story flows smoothly, though it seems to drag a bit from time-to-time, due in part perhaps to some lengthy descriptions. Nevertheless, the author’s description is excellent, and brings the setting and the characters to life.
The characters are believable and interesting. I would, however, have liked to know a bit more about the supporting characters, Gweld, the elf ranger, and the withling, Hastra. (What, exactly, is a withling, anyway?) Also, I would have enjoyed knowing more about the antagonists, Congren, the dark wizard and Magdronu, the elusive, and extremely powerful dragon. But, to be fair, perhaps the next book in this series will explore these fascinating characters more fully.
I enjoyed the interplay between Athson and Limbreth, as well as their burgeoning romance. I was pleased that Athson was able to respect, and even admire Limbreth’s strength and abilities, rather than being put off or intimidated by them.
I liked the reluctant hero plot and thought it well-done. However, I was quite ready for Athson to accept and embrace his destiny by book’s end.
I applaud the surprise ending. I did not see that coming at all, and it is certainly adds to my desire to read the next book in the series.
I do recommend this enchanting saga to readers of nearly all ages and look forward to the next book in Solomon’s Bow of Hart Saga.
The author kept enough of the story a mystery until the right time while maintaining an engrossing story full of description and heartfelt love and angst. One of the highlights for me was the way the story started off with Athson having some difficulty before gradually moving away from some of the elements. I would say more, but I don’t want to spoil it. Sorry.
The characters were well written and engaging to the point I felt for Athson and wanted him to tell off Hastra through most of the book. Lol. Even Athson’s growing relationship with Limbreth felt right and was a pleasant change from the usual “fall in love at first sight” that’s common in fantasy. Out of all of the characters, Corgren remains one of my favorites, but he was bumped down to second place by the giant Ralda. Ralda’s complexity added an element that was briefly touched on in a couple of scenes and I’m curious to see if his character branches off in his own book or series.
Overall, this has become one of my favorite fantasy books and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
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