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Chains of Prophecy: A Tale of Mythic Discovery (Samuel Buckland Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Author: Jason P Crawford
Title: Chains of Prophecy
In general, the readers thought the cover was excellent. They liked the fantasy/gothic feel to it and the imaginative lettering. They also thought the blurb was well written and enticing.
The readers enjoyed many aspects of this story. They liked the central premise: an average guy battling evil. And they liked the two central characters. The readers felt they were well-rounded and interesting to follow and the rivalry between them often electric. Most of the readers were drawn quickly into the story and many of them enjoyed the strong religious feel to it.
However, a few of the readers felt the religious element of the story was a little too strong and over-bearing. Also, a number of the readers felt the plot: an average guy battling evil in the form of a super rich politician was not original. One reader (man, aged 54) put in his feedback, ‘Why is it the evil fellow is always super rich and successful? It’s sort of annoying. I understand this book has a strong religious undertone and, I guess, the antagonist had to be rich to fulfill the ‘eye of the needle’ mentality of Christian worship, but it still felt forced and unoriginal. I guess everybody in the Vatican with all the priceless artwork hidden in the vaults also won’t be fitting through the tiny eye of that needle.’
Many of the readers commented on the speech in the story. They felt the author handled it well and introduced a strong element of humour, particularly for Sam.
Generally, the readers thought the editing was good. There were a few errors in the text and the odd sentence was clumsy but, other than that, they spotted no huge problems with spelling, punctuation or grammar.
The readers liked the style of writing. They liked the complex plot the author created and the way he developed the characters in the story. A few of the readers felt the author had a tendency to gloss over the lesser characters making them feel very two-dimensional and unimportant. One reader (woman, aged 62) put in her feedback, ‘This is a well written story. The author works well with description and speech and has produced a well thought out ‘angels Vs demons’ thriller. If you enjoyed the film, Constantine, you will probably enjoy this.’
TO SUM UP 29/40
Of the 18 readers:
16 loved the cover.
15 would like to read a sequel.
10 felt the best part of the book was the clever plot.
4 felt the best part of the book was the rivalry between the two central characters.
3 felt the religious element was too strong and would put off many readers.
‘A powerful story of good battling evil. Highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards
The story is told focusing on two main characters Sam Buckland and Gregory Caitlin. Sam is a young man whose world begins to fall apart when curiosity kills the cat and he cannot stop himself from prying into accountancy files at work belonging to Mr. Caitlin, and soon gets sacked for that very reason. On the other hand, Gregory Caitlin is a business man at the pinnacle of his career and looking to start a political career, but, he has a secret to his success, inside information which has helped him get to where he is and Sam is determined to find out what it is.
Crawford delves into a mystical world of angels, demons and genies with what I took to be a religious twist (however, I have been informed it's actually based on mythology I'm just not clued up on that), when Sam comes to inherit a magical book of transcript and spells.
There were many twists I thoroughly enjoyed throughout the book, one in particular being that Satan and the devil were two separate beings, Lucifer the devil the angel who fell from heaven, and Satan an angel used to tempt individuals to prove their worth. However, I did find myself sometimes getting lost in the action not quite keeping up with the pace feeling like it was a little disjointed.
That being said, there is something in this book for almost everybody (just no romance for us fairytale princess delusionists), lots of fire, death, mystery and fantasy.
Overall, I must say I enjoyed the book; being somebody that loves a good book cover though I wish that had a little more life but hey you can't have everything! If you have the chance definitely have a delve into this book!
To read more of my reviews check out my blog www.littlebookworm.com
At times some of the supporting characters felt a little flat & I felt like I had so slow down in the middle to keep a couple of the plot-layers straight, but those are small comments about what I think is a really nice effort.
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