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A Quest of Heroes (Book #1 in the Sorcerer's Ring) Kindle Edition
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--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos
This 4,500 word piece is a never-before-seen chapter from A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING), the #1 Bestseller, with over 500 five star reviews on Amazon! It provides an alternate opening to the series, opening the series with Alistair’s point of view. It offers a whole new perspective on how THE SORCERER’S RING may have begun.
With its sophisticated world-building and characterization, THE SORCERER’S RING is an epic tale of friends and lovers, of rivals and suitors, of knights and dragons, of intrigues and political machinations, of coming of age, of broken hearts, of deception, ambition and betrayal. It is a tale of honor and courage, of fate and destiny, of sorcery. It is an epic fantasy series that brings us into a world we will never forget, and which appeals to all ages and genders.
Books #1--#17 in the series are also available!
“A spirited fantasy that weaves elements of mystery and intrigue into its story line. A QUEST OF HEROES is all about the making of courage and about realizing a life purpose that leads to growth, maturity, and excellence….For those seeking meaty fantasy adventures, the protagonists, devices, and action provide a vigorous set of encounters that focus well on Thor's evolution from a dreamy child to a young adult facing impossible odds for survival….Only the beginning of what promises to be an epic young adult series.”
--Midwest Book Review (D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer)
“Rice’s entertaining epic fantasy [THE SORCERER’S RING] includes classic traits of the genre—a strong setting, highly inspired by ancient Scotland and its history, and a good sense of court intrigue.”
“I need to go back and knock off a star on most of my other reviews just to make sure this one stands out as it should. This book is exceptional.... Love it! Already onto the 3rd book... Keeps getting better!”
“Excellence! I loved reading this book! It never disappointed, was exciting, great plot planning, never a dull moment, right up to the crashing end, that left me hungry for the next installment!! Great reading!!”
“What a Fantastic Story! I love Thor! …Gwen, Reece, Kendrick, Erec...I want to know more about all of them. Great story!”
“I loved this book. It is full of magic, knights, love, and adventure. It is definitely a must have on your shelf.”
“This is an exciting beginning of a wonderful series. Morgan Rice leaves me rushing to get the next book…The characters are so well developed and colorful that I just can't wait to get the next book.”
“A compelling tale of court intrigue, love, and mystery wrapped up in a coming-of-age story par excellence. Definitely a page-turner with interesting characters that you will really care about.”
“Exciting series. Couldn’t put it down. Ordered book 2 and 3 in the series as soon as I finished reading book 1. Totally hooked.”
- ASIN : B00AFROVQC
- Language : English
- File size : 1801 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 237 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,888 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Packed to the rafters with every single medieval fantasy cliche imaginable, it was an absolute cringe-fest. From Thor-“I’m more than a sheep herder”-grin, to the completely unbelievable chain of events, to the white leopard cub that becomes Thor’s constant companion, A Quest of Heroes is just one ridiculous moment after another.
On top of that, the writing just didn’t sit well with me. A knight can’t be knocked out and “not stir” and a second later be screaming. Words like “okay” and “girlfriend” have no place in this sort of genre. It’s unclear what sort of time frame the novel takes place over, and things are just explained over and over again. I know Thor knows he isn’t normal, so please stop telling me!
If there’s a good side to this, it’s that I did find it massively entertaining, though it clearly wasn’t for the reasons Rice intended. Hell, I might actually read the other sixteen (!!!) in the series, because I half want to see just how much more eye rollingly awful they can get. And Rice could probably expect sales of A Quest of Heroes to go up – I’ve got a few friends who, after my play-by-plays of the story, are pretty keen to do the same!
Having said that, any twelve year old would probably love a hero who gets the girl, wins the day and impresses everyone without really trying and all within three days of leaving home. Stopping at book one.
1 Star for grown-ups
2 Stars for the kids
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There are a few words which are incorrect, but some word choices seem to be due to American English rather than UK language. Continuity is not a strong point, for example we are told Thor has a very sore head after waking the morning after the night in the alehouse but later in the story we are told he only had a sip of ale, and some of the days seem to be much longer than 24 hours!
In general I think this a good story for children.
-A good kingdom endangered by an evil empire on the other side of a physical and magical barrier.
-A prophesied Chosen One (complete with magic sword that needs to be lifted) whose identity is painfully obvious.
-The ignorant farmboy hero who desperately wants to be special and badass (and whose value is overlooked by his dull relatives).
-The "spunky" teenage princess rebelling against her authoritarian mother but loved by her understanding father.
-Love at first sight between the above two characters.
-The collection of super-helpful friends and unpleasant bullies in the organization the protagonist joins.
-The supposedly wise magician who speaks in cryptic utterances and natters on about destiny.
The appallingly cliched plot aside, the book is also poorly written. It makes far too much use of superlatives in describing things (e.g. characters being "the most beautiful person" or "the biggest man" the protagonist has ever seen), continually drops in redundant descriptions or information that could be shown rather than repeatedly told, and can't decide whether the characters are speaking Ye Olde Standarde Fantasye Englishe or Generic American Highschool-Speak. The plot happens at breakneck speed, our hero going in the space of seemingly a few days back and forth between anonymous peasant, mysterious magic-wielder, honorary-royal squire, feted hero of the day, unhappy military pariah, boyfriend to the heir to the throne, ignored Cassandra and prisoner. Finally, it doesn't seem to have a consistent target audience - the simplistic, seen-it-a-million-times plot and black-and-white characterization suggest perhaps a pre-teen audience (assuming the author has a low opinion of 10-12-year-olds' intelligence, reading ability and genre savvinesss). However, the book also has occasional vague flashes of Song of Ice and Fire-style "grittiness" which might be expected to deter paranoid parents from giving it to their precious impressionable offspring, like alcoholism, brothels and gay characters (evil ones, of course).
In short: a total mess, the kind of thing that gives the fantasy genre a bad reputation. Avoid except as something to point and laugh at (this book is free on Google Play, presumably to promote the no-doubt numerous sequels)
The basic story is pretty standard but as always the idea has potential, the execution is lousy.
I am sorry to say that the author has a lot to learn about writing. I kept having my attention ruined by repetition of the same information in consecutive paragraphs, rambling descriptions and lack of sharpness. One feels that the author wrote the book without much preplanning or living through the story in her mind but just let it all happen.
There is no real feeling of tension, even in the moments of action.
What the book needs is a good editor to set the author on the right path.
I did try to persevere with the book but in the end I had to give up. It is probably aimed at teenagers but that si no excuse, Consider the "Ranger's Apprentice" series olso aimed at older teens, totally brilliant and gripping. Teen books can be enjoyed by all ages.