The Longed Tales: The Chained King and the Castle of Mystery
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The Longed Tales: The Chained King and the Castle of Mystery

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A shape-shifting witch... a dethroned king... a storytelling dwarf... and a young man with too much imagination for his own good!

Steven Risd is your everyday college kid—he likes having fun and hanging out with friends. But Steven is different in his own way, too. He absolutely loves stories of fantasy, magic, and adventure—but even crazier, he soon finds himself in the mi...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Prestige Publications
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Kat Kennedy
I want to give this book more stars. I really do.

Mohamed AR will be an author I keep my eye on. With a little bit more experience writing prose, building characters and setting out a story, I think he'll do very well as a writer.

This book is the story of Steven, a young college initiate who travels into the forest to escape his mundane life. He meets a witch who sends him to another world where he meets a story-telling dwarf, Grimdin, and immediately decides he needs to get home again.

The langua...more
Chrissie
I've read the reviews on this books and they were VERY kind. Kindness won't make the author learn from his mistakes. The biggest problem with this book, the one that makes it impossible to finish is his language and dialogue. It's riddled with the passive voice. Example, page 43, "His eyes rolled behind shut eyelids as Steven plowed the air with his ears for any blunt thud." Yuck, right? I can't even follow it. He rolled his eyes while listening for (blunt thuds?).

Then there is the archaic lang...more
Jaidis Shaw
The Longed Tales: The Chained King and the Castle of Mystery by Mohamed AR was a pleasant and entertaining read for me. We start off meeting Steven, who is just the normal teenager who is looking for more in life then the mundane activities of day-to-day life. He is creative and imaginative, but lets his anger get the best of him most of the time. He decides to go see 'The Lady of the Woods', a magical witch who helps locals with their problems, to see if she can give him something to help him s...more
Lisa T
I won this book through Goodreads and was very, very excited to read it. The cover is gorgeous and the description of the book sounded interesting. Unfortunately, I was disappointed :(

I had a horrible time getting into the story and eventually found myself doing more skimming than reading. I left it just sit for weeks at a time. Finally, around page 100, I decided to call it quits. I feel really bad about it. I really wanted to like this book. It just wasn't for me. I think that the main issue t...more
Angela
After reading the description for the novel, I was thrilled to find out that I won a copy of this as a Goodreads first reads! Unfortunately my excitement was short-lived. I continually tried to read the book with very little success. Eventually, I just gave up. The prose was choppy, and though I was able to follow it, I never found myself wanting to keep reading. Reading should not be a punishment, and sadly I left like this was.
My hope this that with time and practice the author will produce an...more
Sarah Beth
I won this through GoodReads and was really excited to read it but was terribly disappointed. I could barely got through this and ended up just skimming it just so I could get it over with. The dialogue was stilted and the plot was less than compelling. It read more like a bad Young Adult novel than fiction about a college age guy. The final straw was the metaphor "like a chicken had farted in his mouth." Really? That's the best you've got? Good effort from the author in writing a book, but stor...more
Lily

The Longed Tales by Mohamed AR

Reviwed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

A shape-shifting witch... a dethroned king... a storytelling dwarf... and a young man with too much imagination for his own good!

Steven Risd is your everyday college kid-likes to have fun... doesn't enjoy school that much... likes hanging with friends... doesn't trust authority figures, including his parents. But Steven is different in his own way, too...

Young Steven absolutely loves stories of fantasy, magic, and adventur...more
Chris
There are novels that start with a bang, novels that are slow burning but get a conflagration going by the end, and those that never catch alight at all. One-third of the way through this fantasy there's disappointingly not much of a glow. There's very little action, and what action there is gets held up by too many words. The hero gets to do a lot of chuckling and exclaims "Wow!" from time to time and his dwarf companion "huffs" his way through conversations (both individuals do a lot of huffin...more
Bungle Midnight Reads

I think I struggled with the flow of writing and sometimes became fustrated as I read the same line twice. That said I think the story is good for younger readers and the discription of things is second to none and I often felt like I was part of the world that had been created by the author.



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