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Old legends have come to life, and the age of man is on the brink of destruction. Now he must convince an outlaw and a fugitive to aid him in its recovery or all is lost.
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BlackThorn by DeWayne Kunkel
Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. After reading this first installment, I do not think I'd be up to reading the second and third book of the trilogy. This book, despite the promise and potential of becoming an epic tale like The Lord of the Rings, has failed miserably. I'm titling my review as such because that's what this book has. To be honest, this book could be a 0-star for me, but I felt that the author has a good story to tell and he just needs to tell it better.
I feel he needs a proofreader and editor to help him. At least to correct grammar, add missing articles, and correct word usage. Using 'drug' instead of 'dragged' is just unforgivable. It gave me a headache trying to make sense out of his sentences. If this book was written with proper proof-reading, I would have finished it in a day instead of 4. Second reason why this is a 1-star is that I don't get why it's given the title Black Thorn. What's the relevance of Black Thorn to the first installment of the trilogy? I really don't know. I'm still trying to figure out how the title ties up to the story.
What I know about singular books in a series is that they have the capacity to stand-alone as a story.
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This leads me to my third reason for giving this a 1-star rating. I felt that this book lacks that stand-alone quality. Is it a story about the adventures of Cassius? Or is it a story about the life of Gaelan and Burcott? Majority of the story was about Cassius and yet it ended with Gaelan and Burcott.
Now, I'm left confused with the intention of the author with this first installment. A fourth reason is the fact that I felt the author was trying too hard to be J. Tolkien or Robert Jordan that he ended up with a mashed up story. With all honesty, the only reason why I'd read the 2 other books would be to find out if this confusion would have an end. But, I don't think I'd like to risk having a bigger headache. This is the first time I was not awed by a fantasy novel.
I'm a bit disappointed that my favorite genre have authors who do not write with care. He has seen the danger and seeks a Talisman lost for three thousand years. Only the sword Aethir, forged by the immortals can save the world. Old legends have come to life, and the age of man is on the brink of destruction. Now he must convince an outlaw and a fugitive to aid him in its recovery or all is lost. Kindle Edition , pages. Chronicles of the Dark Sword 1.
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On the negative side This book doesn't have a bad story, though there's little in here that can be called original - it borr Okay, I've given it two stars, and I feel bad about that, as I think anyone who completes a novel deserves a certain amount of respect. This book doesn't have a bad story, though there's little in here that can be called original - it borrows heavily from a number of different authors.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing - I read fantasy to be entertained, not to be amazed by originality. For me it's just escapism, and hence that's why I still find myself reading Conan stories a lot, not to mention all of the clones - Thongor, Brak, Elak, yadda yadda yadda, you get the idea. If you're seeking something groundbreaking, this book is not for you.
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From my point of view, it's not a problem. What is a problem, however, is the horrendous butchering of the English language.
Kunkel, learn how to use a comma. There are numerous and I mean this literally - it happens several times on most pages throughout the book occasions where he punctuates sentences with a full stop where there should have been a comma. This makes the flow of reading very stop-start and isn't pleasant. From which brightly colored shields hung, running the length of the wall. Writhing as it went growing thicker until it spread out along the entire shore. These are just two instances - it goes on and on. Next, simple misunderstandings of vocabulary usage. These are all examples were a good proof reader could pay dividends, and would have improved things no end.
The most hilarious instance of this dubious word substitution comes in the following example: In all the tales, those that did died a horrible death. I actually laughed out loud when I saw this one. Again, a proof reader would likely have spotted this particular boo boo. Clearly, continence is an issue in this world, as within a paragraph or two several men were 'soiling themselves with terror'.
Last, but not least, there are swathes of areas in the book where very little happens, and seem to serve only to pad the book out. There is a journey undertaken by the protagonist with a trader and his men which though it does allow the hero to learn knife throwing, is filled with unecessary 'action'. There's a fight, but it has little relevance to the plot. The rest of the journey is naught but filler. If it doesn't move the plot forward somehow, hack it out. A good editor would know this and recommend it too, I have no doubt.
I've still not finshed this book. I'm determined to, but all of these issues are niggling me more and more with every page. I'll get there, but I don't think I'll be bothering with the sequels unless he sorts things out. In conclusion - this isn't a bad book per se, just one that desperately needs both an editor and a proof reader. These simple additions could lift this book from sub-par to very readable, if not earth-shatteringly original. This was not the best fantasy series I've read, probably one of the most horribly edited, and possibly the least original think a conglomeration of every well-known fantasy novel ever, with lord of the rings at the top of the list , it was still an enjoyable series, and this book ended it nicely.
I like this authors writing, it's very classic fantasy, which probably contributes to the feel of generic-ness, but is very lovely. Some clangers that stood out were where people attacked "viscously" as opposed to "viciously", and at one point the king allowed his "furry" to carry him into combat. Bryan Winters rated it it was amazing Sep 09, G rated it liked it Mar 30, Linda Lipe rated it really liked it Jan 04, Mr Jamie Lee Peake rated it liked it Apr 27, Ramona Travis rated it really liked it Apr 13, Justin rated it really liked it Jul 17, Matt rated it really liked it Sep 11, Angela rated it liked it May 17, Kathy rated it really liked it Jun 04, Kirk rated it liked it Sep 29, Nabeel Thomas rated it liked it Sep 18, Nathan Clarence rated it it was amazing Sep 12, Stuart Bohnet rated it it was amazing Apr 25, Amy rated it liked it Nov 04, Chris rated it really liked it Jan 12, Gloria Vodicka rated it it was amazing Jul 26, Nat Whitehead rated it really liked it Aug 30, Dale rated it liked it Aug 06,