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- File Size: 1743 KB
- Print Length: 418 pages
- Publisher: HarperVoyager; ePub edition edition (5 April 2018)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079STKY3M
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 658 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
King of Ashes (The Firemane Saga, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The only positive is the overall plot is interesting. However, the characters are lightly sketched and difficult to like.
As a fan of much of Feist’s earlier work ‘King of Ashes’ is a complete let down. Significant room for improvement for the sequel.
It's the story of an orphan boy (no not like Pug) called Hatu who is brought up by assassins and sometime pirates. He knows that he isn't like the children but he isn't sure why. It took me a while to get really interested in it, but once I did, I found it a good read.
So yes, it's a bit like all the other fantasy books out there, orphan is really a king, not sure if this one will actually save the world though.
So looking forward to once again enjoying the adventures under the pen of a great Author.
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Leaving aside the plot and storyline merits of Feist in this endeavour, as Mrs Tait said in my 1973 school report, I’m easily distracted and this edition has plenty of editing errors that do just that.
Seems to me that every 3 or 4 pages there was a spelling error, examples being hut in place of but and arc for are. Got to the point that I was looking for the mistakes and felt like an unpaid proof-reader.
Can only assume that HarperVoyager gave this one to an executive’s niece on summer work experience to run through a MS spell checker whilst she was also otherwise engaged looking at pictures of cats with sunglasses on Facebook.
Sloppy and unprofessional production QC, not worthy of a writer of Feist’s prestige and value to the publisher.
4 stars but 1 deducted for poor housekeeping so only a 3 from me.
All of which makes King of Ashes all the more disappointing. I was so excited for this that I pre-ordered which I've never done before. If I didn't know this was written by REF I'd have never guessed. The storyline was not gripping at all, there was no wondering what came next, no being unable to put the book down without knowing what happens next. Nothing really happens and it's clearly been written without an end so that you need to read the next in the series. Which I find disappointing from an author such as REF. I'm used to reading 99p books where the stories cut off half way and you have to buy the next (more expensive) book, but REF's have always been complete in their own right dispite being trilogys and it's his fantastic storytelling which draws you back for more. Not so with this one. The characters lacked depth and it was very very repetitive. REF is almost patronising in assuming that the reader doesn't understand or remember the characters and spells everything out again and again. In places whole paragraphs have been repeated one after another but in new words. The characters are OK, but we don't learn enough about them to have any real attachment to any of them and I found myself not really caring what happens, a far cry from feeling like I was living in Midkemia when reading REF's other books.
Overall this was very bland. I'm saddened to write such a thing about anything by Raymond E. Feist. I really hope that Raymond's true genius is demonstrated in the next in the series.
I didn't notice any spelling or grammar errors in the print edition.
A new world, new ideas and new possibilities, recommended to anyone who likes his works.
Niggle - a good few typo's in my kindle edition but nothing worth writing home about, I will pick up a hard copy to keep my collection up to date and hope they are not in that too.
The story catches your imagination from the outset and your soon develop images in your mind’s eye as with all of Feist books. He is an exceptional story teller and with a good thirty books to his name, has mastered skills that are sadly lacking in many contemporary authors.
It's not without its flaws. A few jarring typos ('hut' instead of 'but', and 'arc' for 'are' must have occurred a dozen times each), and there were a couple of points that were introduced one time too many (three times is enough to tell us that Hatu is not prone to introspection!), but these are really minor points that don't really detract from the final product.
Feist is a brilliant worldbuilder, and an even better character writer, but here his storytelling really comes to the fore. For most of the book he tells of two adventures, and only hints at the greater story unfolding around them. It's clever when it needs to be, and fun throughout. I can't wait for the saga to continue!
But, what a shame that there were typos all through which if the reader can overlook, the content is very good. I just think that as the cost is higher than others of this genre, this book should be typo free.
Added to this, there are repetitive parts where characters go through the same introspections three or more times. Or we learn of the same personality traits over and over. I suspect the storyline had originally been intended to begin at a different place from where it does as childhood experiences are recounted more than once in the same detail.
Beyond the story and writing style, some words are mistyped. This is cute the first few times, but this is a fully priced novel from a publishing house that should know better. It has clearly been laid out for the printed version too, as words are sometimes hyphenated as if they’d been split in two across a page.
Overall, it’s still pleasant enough and I lost myself for a few hours but it’s the reading equivalent of procrastination, rather than passionate prose that takes you somewhere new and exciting.
Apart from the averageness of the story, I was disappointed with the production. The kindle edition isn't exactly cheap but it's obvious the publisher hasn't bothered to pay for a proofreader. The number of hut/but be/he among other errors was ridiculous. It doesn't show a great deal of respect to readers to take our money without putting reasonable care into production.
The plot holds the readers attention throughout building layer upon layer keeping the pages turning and the anticipation growing. I’m really looking forward to the next book and I’m hoping it will be out soon.
It does need a little editing with the odd misplaced word such as 'hut' instead of 'but.' However it’s worth way more than five stars.
Every so often I'll buy one of his newer books just to see if he's changed. And if anything I find he gets worse at all the things I hate.
This book has more profanity, crudeness and sex than I tolerate in a book. Worse... none of it actually furthers the story. Combine that with the previously mentioned quality control problems and I was more than disappointed with this book.
On the flip side there are a few chapters where I momentarily enjoy a specific character. But by the end of the chapter, they descend back into the morass of being gritty, amoral characters.
I think I've got it in me to give Feist one more chance... and only a couple years down the road.
It was a little deliberate, repetitive a little more than books this size tend to be, and it was extremely sparse if not completely lacking in interesting bits of writing or sentiments etc. And yes, there were typos (they are like predictive text errors and so different words rather than spelling mistakes).
I read Magician trilogy years ago and reading this -if it is similar - has made me wonder whether I'd still enjoy those books now.
There was enough detail to make it not feel entirely 2D.
2 - 2.5 maybe... Not sure. Figured I'd be a little generous.
To say I was disappointed is an understatement, I was totally underwhelmed by it, it was disjointed and repetitive and, to be totally honest, boring, which was totally unexpected. I forced myself to finish reading it in the vain hope that I would see an improvement to the standard of his previous books and it never happened.
I would always recommend his earlier works as I feel they are pure class, at the same level of David Eddings and L E Moddesitt Jr, but, this I would not recommend to anyone.