Top critical review
An awful novel, misrepresented on Amazon.
11 June 2012
Before buying this novel I recommend reading all reviews across amazon.com...
N.B. A number of the positive reviews across both sites are written by members of the same writers association as the author. Personally I see this as an unsavoury practice in an area meant for impartial and unsolicited customer feedback, but opinions vary. I based my purchase on one of these reviews and was sadly disappointed.
This book is just bad; really bad. The writing style feels very clumsy and verbose. There are two many adjectives and there's not enough narrative to the point where the language has no impact to the reader. A battle scene is described in the same style as a landscape and there's just no pace or excitement where it's needed. It's all a bit like reading a twelve year old's homework.
There is little or no characterisation which makes the book uninvolving. The protagonists read like caricatures rather than characters. The lead protagonist is basically Conan the Barbarian crossed with Jesus. The wafer thin plot involves the wise, peace-loving and spiritual Picts (the Elves of Middle-Earth) fighting off the evil, brutish and strangely incompetent Romans (the Orcs of Mordor). Despite using the Picts and Romans as combatants and Scotland as a setting, everything else is pure fantasy and fans of history will be very dissatisfied.
As another reviewer has said, this book reads like a bad first draft. It just feels unpolished and unfinished and is badly in need of editorial attention. Writers usually spend years, if not decades honing their craft to the point where they can convert their ideas into a readable novel. It feels like the author has skipped this stage and gone straight to self publication.
Despite many of the five-star reviews looking somewhat suspicious, it's clear some people like this book. With that in mind I recommend you download the free sample and give it a go. If you like that then you will probably like the book. If you don't like it then believe me, it doesn't get any better.