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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 32 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Jack D. Albrecht Jr.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 Oct. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009YQ11BS
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Osric's Wand: The Wand-Maker's Debate, Book 1 Audio Download – Unabridged
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Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
Albrecht and Delay are certainly a couple of authors to keep an eye on. The smooth structure and the flowing narrative work to augment the scene building and characters brilliantly. I was pleasantly surprised that the dialogue was not thrown into the archetypal olde-worldy English that seems to haunt this genre from time to time. Instead, although considered, the dialogue felt free and light and worked well.
I equally liked the way the characters were drawn to `feel' different. A mark of careful and thought-out writing.
Occasionally I felt the descriptive felt restricted by the narrative, making the characters far more important than their surroundings, but this did not detract from the read.
Character Development - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
If I were to blinker my observations slightly, the characters were very creative, intelligently thought-out and very, very nicely placed and brought together.
Gus and Pebble are a refreshing surprise within the dynamic of the group, and Osric and Kenneth are typical of the genre, in that it is they who provide both the subject of the central storyline, and the majority of the responsibility within it, regarding the travel and protection of the group.
From the outset, the fantasy genre is stamped onto the piece, with animals and races of beings (both real and mythical) joining together - not just with their own realms and environs, but also with the ability to openly communicate across the species. For me, this was perhaps the only `issue' I had with the non-human elements within the tale, as it seemed that no translation was ever required.Read more ›
I love how the book is pitched to appeal to a varied range of ages, this book could be read to children or read by an adult and would offend no-one, a hint of a love story mixed in with dragons, talking animals and magic? Who wouldn't enjoy it???
The story, whilst unique has a CS Lewis type feel to it. I don't mean in the religious connotations sense, I mean in the strong use of descriptive language and the way the story is told. As a first attempt both authors should feel very proud of their work.
I can only see their storytelling and editing skills improving, there are a few errors in the story, but nothing memorable.
I look forward to reading more about Osric, the maid of Unicorn and Gus.
For note though, the name Kenneth really grated on me and I didn't feel that it suited the fantasy style story.
A solid 4 stars, this is worth anyone's money.
I was disapointed to reach the end of the book because I wanted to know more so I can't wait for the next book. This one was worth the price I paid for so I'm keeping my eyes open for the next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this in one day, I just could not put it down, thoroughly engrossing yet light an absolute pleasure of a readPublished 21 months ago by Bruce Farquhar
Was unsure when first started the book but it turned out to be fairly good. Will def read next one.Published on 26 Oct. 2013 by pg01mg
Realy enjoyed this book. Was little bit slow to start. Looking forward to the next instalment . Hopefully it will continue to grip my attention.Published on 19 May 2013 by Amazon Customer