It's rare that I rate the book with one star, so I think I owe an explanation. Usually, if I don't like some book I just drop it and don't bother moreIt's rare that I rate the book with one star, so I think I owe an explanation. Usually, if I don't like some book I just drop it and don't bother more. I even do not put it in my list. Also, the one star has nothing to do with fact, that the book is for children. I'm often reading children books, so I can recommend them or read with kids.
Stories with dragons are my favorites and plot was very promising, so I gladly picked this book from my unread shelf. The first chapters were good enough and I was captured with story, so I could overlook some small disturbing details. Sadly, as story went, another flaws began to show. I was gradually less and less satisfied.
(view spoiler)[Sooo... my complains. (I will try to explain.) The introduction of new world and new story isn't an easy task. Here I got familiar with heroine - girl named Kale, old farmer Brigg, her actual location, situation and got first glimpses of world. Before I could fully understand what is the matter, I was stunned with string of names of unknown races: "Bantam doneels, giant urohms, the elegant emerlindians, fighting mariones, tumanhofers, swift kimens, and o’rants." And then I obtain a new crumb of information - that Kale is o'rant and she is quite unique, and people from her village never saw someone like her. So who/what is the old man Brigg? But it is all description you are going to get for some next pages, because there are grawlings after Kale. And everything I had imagined up to now (old wrinkled human man and little human girl) was in shreeds. And I had no idea how they look like. Well, it wasn't as bad as it probably seems now, so I continued in hope that things will be explained later. They were, more or less, but as one fancy term was explained, another one appeared (high, races, lesser races, exotic dish names...) and sometime I felt pretty confused and overwhelmed. And I think a lot of them were not really necessary; new words don't make new world. A little more effort put into description/explanation would make more difference.
Next... characters. I liked Kale - she was a little naive, but it's understandable - raised as a slave somewhere in the countryside. Dar was mostly amusing, but the rest of them were not so likable. The winner of most unpleassant person was Leetu - proud, self-important and cocky. I just couldn't find one thing that I liked about her. But the real problem wasn't that I disliked the most of characters, it lays in their team work. It's unbelievable that journey will be solved with one naive person (kale), one unmature (Leetu), Dar and a mad wizzard. The explanation would be too long, there are a lot small details why I think it's not going to work. Some things were inconsistent, some of them raised unanswered questions and some seemed to be irrational.
At last, the quest was solved, thanks to unusual but very very convenient occurrences. And of course, thanks to Wulder - the local god. That was another part I disliked. It's ok if someone is believer, but I don't like the blind faith. And the second half of book was full of it. Everything happens because it's wudlang's will. Even if I made mistake it's not my doing, it's wudlang... or something similar. It was just too much.
I'm very grateful that the dragons are like dragons :)
To sum-up all my complaints like this, the one can think this book was awful. It was not. There was a thread that keept my curiosity and attention, so I finished the book. No harm done if someone would pick it, however I advise to read the glosary at first. Especialy if you are going to read it with kids, it's best to be prepared for their questions :)
I still cannot write properly in English, so forgive me mistakes. English is so different from languages I know. ...more
2.5 stars Shortly, the group of gamers is playing D&D-like game and in one moment they're transported into fantasy world and the game becomes very2.5 stars Shortly, the group of gamers is playing D&D-like game and in one moment they're transported into fantasy world and the game becomes very very real.
I was huge fan of RPG so the synopsis made me curious. The story is starting with game session and it was a little long for my taste. I have to say it's more alluring to play the game than read how others are playing. It was boring. The interesting part begins after "accident" when they wake in fantasy universe and have to find the way back. The negative part - the book begins with too much names - the players, their new and old characters, so I was quite confused who is who and it took some time to get them straight. One of things I liked was blending of personalities - the real and the made-up character. It wasn't equal and permanent mixture, depend on situation, one or the other was gaining more control.
Overall, the book is easy reading, good for relax. But I'm not sure if I will continue the series. The next "task" sounds too unfitting and impossible for actual characters - set slaves free - it's just... ...more