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- Print Length: 674 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1291974202
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Golbin Publishing; 1 edition (5 Aug. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MGIAXE2
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #473,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Overall, I found the trilogy an entertaining fantasy read in a dystopian London setting. I liked the way the author built an interesting goblin society with different types, roles, and abilities. I recommend the books for that reason. The books included fantasy elements, but they also had elements of romance, coming-of-age, and numerous sexual references. I would caution parents with younger readers against these books. While the sexual scenes are not explicit or graphic, the author frequently mixes sexual scenes into the books and often an unrealistic times and situations. I rated the books down a couple stars because I felt the battle scenes were weak and there were to many dues-ex-machina moments to rescue those in peril. I also didn’t care for the conclusion of the trilogy as it seems to have left several story lines incomplete.
Below is a short review for the three books.
“Dance of the Goblins” offers an in-depth view into Goblin society, which I found interesting and humanizing as these are not your typical goblins found in the fantasy genre. Those goblins are more demonic creatures typically at odds against humans, but these goblins are beautiful in their own way although they do have a fierceness to them when provoked. You learn about their nature as goblin society clashes with human society in what appears to be some kind of post-apocalyptic setting. There is one human, Count Anton, who serves as a mediator between the two cultures, and the primary narrator.
It felt like the author had an axe to grind against organized religion although the author is either ignorant of Judaism and Christianity or is purposely stealing things from both in order to attack them. The resulting “religion” is a mishmash of Judaism incorporating Temple and Sabbath concepts and Christianity with “Paul” being an early prophet. If you can put aside the digs against the two religious groups you are rewarded with an interesting, refreshing view into the lives of Goblins.
"Demonic Dance" is the second book, and it pushes the story line ahead 10 years. The narration primarily switches between Count Anton, and a young girl named Namah. Namah is around 12, and the story takes on a bit of a bit of a coming-of-age aspect complete with a childhood crush.
This book expands the reader's knowledge by introducing new goblin types and the humans find out they are not as isolated as they thought. There is one big surprise that the author foreshadows in the opening of the second book, and I found it was a fun twist.
I would caution parents on this book for younger readers as there is one sexually-charged scene involving Namah and "The Dance". I understand the book sets "The Southerners" up as a culture that marries off girls as soon as they start their first their menstrual cycle, but I found Namah's participation a bit too suggestive for what we typically think would be appropriate for a 12-year-old girl.
Overall, I thought this book was interesting, but I was a little disappointed in Count Anton's character and how easily everything seemed to come to "The Northerners".
“Power of the Dance” is the third book and it takes place 10 years after book two. The primary narration switches between multiple characters on both the goblin and human side to the point where there is no consistent view point. Unlike the first two books, this one doesn’t introduce any new goblin types, but there is some new understanding in regards to magic and a fulfillment of a prophecy given earlier in book one.
I disliked the third book the most as I felt the motivations of the characters and the battle scenes to be weak. In a dystopian world filled with magical creatures, life is easy and predictable in regards to any hardships one faces.
One of the things that set Hawkins above other high fantasy authors for me was the readability of her writing. A lot of high fantasy I have tried in the past read like the author was trying to hard...the dreaded purple prose--please, authors, it really is awful, your writing coaches aren't lying to you! But Hawkins does not suffer this affliction. Her style is clear, and her descriptions are natural while still retaining beauty.
I most appreciated the two sides (human and goblin) that are usually at odds coming together out of necessity for the survival of them both. I did find some of the words hard to pronounce--but I know that is common with high/epic fantasy, so I don't think most fans of the genre will mind that very much. While I didn't really connect to the world or character per-se, I was enchanted by story and world-building; there was a lot to absorb, and probably still much more that lies ahead!
I most enjoyed the latter half of the first book, where the story seemed to pick up the pace and get very interesting, although hardcore fantasy fans I think will like learning the backstory and history in those earlier chapters. The pace is a little slow there, but there is a lot learn and absorb, and a faster pace there probably would have left me confused later on. The more "weaved-in" approach toward the end and first half of book two, however, were right up my alley!
The action scenes were enjoyable, although sometimes peppered with asides, I did find it charming, as I personally find action scenes exhausting to read and absorb if they are rushed through. The plot really started to come together in the end of book one, but so far, I have to say I am enjoying book two even more than the first book in the series. There's a small jump in time between book 1 and book 2, but Hawkins handles this transition flawlessly, and with most of the backstory covered in book 1, in book 2 it really just jumps right into the current plight--fighting back from an invasion. The plot in this one has been even more amazing! I am curious to see how things will ultimately wrap up!
This is definitely worth taking a peek at. True genre fans will devour this gem!