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The Storm's Own Son: Book One (Storm and Fire 1) by [Gillis, Anthony]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1018 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sol Invictus Publishing Inc.; 1st edition (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KWT9U7I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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Another reviewer hit the nail on the head when they described it as a book about sex, violence, and magic. The protagonist isn't your standard do-gooder type, he is perfectly designed with passions and flaws. Truth be told, at the start of the book I wasn't sure it was going to be my kind of thing, but as you may have gathered, I soon changed my mind, so much so that I read the second one straight after..

Without spoilers, the book itself is about the personal war of Talaos against The Living Prophet, one which unexpectedly sees new bonds, and powers developing in ways the reader would not have imagined given the start of the first book. It centres around Talaos' personal war and the battles he chooses to involve himself in.

There are plenty of well-constructed fighting scenes as well as character growth and development. Mr Gillis uses a wide cast of supporting characters, all of which are as well-designed and detailed as the protagonist and even have their own sense of humour.

I highly recommend this book, the writing style is smooth and enjoyable, the book is packed with actions, and the characters have a way of drawing you in.
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A story of sex and violence, with some rather unbelievable magic thrown in. The setting has a swashbuckling feel, which is quite engaging, and the plot is sufficiently involved to maintain interest, though the characters are somewhat one-dimensional. Gillis writes in a light, easy-to-read style, with plenty of action and the book, though the first in a series, is good enough to stand alone. Most of the loose-ends are tied up, but it left me wanting to read the second in the series. However, see my review of book 2.
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With no previous reviews I took a punt on this because I liked the style of the sample. I was not disappointed.

The writing style is engaging and keeps you reading, the plot is anything but predictable and events move quickly. There is plenty of action throughout. Note that this book doesn't shy away from sexual scenes, and is most definitely aimed at 16+. While there isn't a huge amount of character development, it is there and considering this is only book 1 what is there is enough.

The book was a little short, but it is the first of 9 if my interpretation of the opening pages is correct - something that is highly exciting. I eagerly anticipate the second of the series.
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Rather disappointing. Starts off good and we learn a little about the main character Talaos but after that we learn about his abilities but instead of questioning how quickly they develop or the fact that he can do very much the impossible. He just accepts it as normal. Thinks it is normal to have sex with a virgin and then the next day come out and tell her dad that he has made her a woman and a prophet. All the writer is interested in is the fighting and no development of the characters involved.
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A very easy book to get into if you like this type of fantasy, easy to recognise undertones of modern day conflicts, the main character is likeable and his lifestyle, well who wouldn't want to be like that, there are lots other characters as the story moves at a fair old pace so you don't get bored with the same surroundings, found it hard to put down during the action chapters, good description and an enemy you can relate to, already downloaded the next book,☺
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Starts off really promising good characters promising depth and personality but it seems half way through it loses its way . Either its been poorly edited or the writer got bored . I did finish it but i wont be finishing the second.
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Not much to recommend here, if anything, so I'll make this short.

The prime focus of the book is the titular "Storms own son", nickname of Talaos. A particularly bland character, albeit one who is either singularly talented in everything he does, or is able to fall ass-backward into some unknown magic-talent and/or prime slice of luck.
He's utterly deadly with blades, regularly has threesomes, women fawn at his feet (and he takes advantage of it), is nigh-on in-destructable, loyal only to himself, a touch arrogant and not at all interesting.

How he becomes this character, we don't know - he just is.

First half of the book takes place in his home town. Gang wars, regular bedroom antics (of the graphic kind) and an assembly of friends to meet and scheme with. Those events swiftly dealt with (presumably left in state for later books?) – and supporting cast either killed off two minutes after speaking their names, or left behind elsewhere – Talaos then is weirdly dragged into a much larger war (a big-bad is hinted at in early chapters), so off he goes on foot to sort it out his own way.

On the way, he stops at a village to kill some more men and bang the local chief's daughter; later he joins an army and is made a squadron leader five minutes after introducing himself.

The ending should be predictable by this point. (hint: Talaos is apparently just awesome, who knew)

The writing is very poor indeed and makes the material (not a long book by any stretch) a tough slog for large parts. Lots of adverbs, passive voice and pointless flowery-descriptions of various characters clothing. Don't know where to start with the dialogue.

An exercise in mediocrity.
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