This review is based on a digital copy I received from author A.C. Cobble. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
This story does indeed remind me of what I would consider a classic S&S (swords and sorcery) fantasy to be. From the beginning the action starts and it carries straight on through until the end. The main protagonist Ben has very little skills beyond what he would need for a simple life but when given ...more
I read this book up to 30% and it failed to grab my interest. The book is not bad but it could use a lot of improvements, such as its prose. However, what made me stopped reading were three things: the way the story was narrated, the lack of an engaging plot and the flat interactions between characters.
First, the story felt like it was summaries of events being told like in book report. Second, the plot is fairly boring and for the 30% that I read, there weren't anything exciting to look forwa
Very enjoyable and well written book. The world is well fleshed out. Can't wait to see how the next book proceeds.
The main character, Ben starts out in a small town, but quickly gets into some well intentioned trouble and is given an opportunity to travel the land and learn from some very interesting and well seasoned travelers.
The book ends on a cliffhanger and you will want more.
I like the fact that many of Ben's decisions you could see yourself doing. Bravo, that I didn't have to g ...more
Feels a little similar to the Wheel of time at the start. Young man (Benjamin Askwood) leaves village with charismatic strangers and explores the wider world becoming involved with a war brewing, involving his new friends. Will no doubt read the rest of the series at some point. ...more
My first problem is that not only is this book claiming to be inspired by Wheel of Time, but it reads like fan fiction. Now, to be fair, fanfic isn't necessarily bad, in fact, it can be wonderful. But fanfic is written to further those bits of a story the fans wish the author had focused on, or to give alternate end ...more
A C Cobble's novel, Benjamin Ashwood, is a well written fantasy adventure. It seems to be the beginning story of Ben's, the main character's, life and how it all changes when the small town he lives in suffers from a Demon attack. This attack spurs the town to seek the aid of a Demon hunter, but instead, they end up with five mysterious saviors, who slay the demon and heal the injured. Their help comes with a price though. Ben and his adopted sister are the payment ...more
This is a short but very enjoyable quick read of one in a series as yet not completely finished as I understand it. It is a story set in medieval times involving a group of young people who are travelling to a Santuary, where the three girls are to be initiated into some sort of magical/healing society. They are guarded by two highly skilled warriors and the woman who recruited them into service. Also a part of the group is a totally innocent village boy with a keen se ...more
This book reminded me of the classics like the 'Sword of Truth' series. Except that, there is an amount of realism that pervades it through out. Characters dont magically learn everything. The hero is not a super-hero. Odds do matter. and so on and so forth.
A well-done rolling narrative. The story is good, the characters are interesting (and not flat), and the world and background all make for quite a good read. The editing is good also, though some modern terms and non-ly adverbs appeared. (I even saw knickers on a horse, but found it funny.) Overall I recommend it; it's a good read, and I look forward to the next book.
I picked this book up because I could not find anything else to read. I'm glad I did. I encourage you to give this book a try. It was well written, the characters were likable, and the plot was excellent. I enjoyed it so much I pre-ordered the second book due out in December 2016. I hope you give it a try.
Good storyline good characters good dialogue and action, and generally just pretty good. Not the best, seemed to be missing all the little details that make a story really good, like something you enjoyed but knew could have been better.
Really enjoyed the book. Good characters and story. The first chapter or two had a glaring need of editing with words missing at the page changes. I did not take stars away in the rating due to the editing. Looking forward to the next book
The first book began on a promising note. The book seemed to have a very Eragon-ish feel (depends on you if you take it in a good way or bad). The main protagonist was also a little similar. But as I went on reading it I quickly realised there was something very wrong with the book. 95% of the portion I was reading was just description and info dumping. Rem ...more
"Benjamin Ashwood" is a book of mages, sword-masters and demons with sharp claws and long teeth and pointed horns . The plot, set in a mythic country, involves dynastic wars, treachery and deceit, and a love story. Its not bad, its just slow. In a word: Meandering.
The hero of the title is a young man who wins some renown in the village in which he lives by killing one of the above mentioned demons terrorizing the area. In th ...more
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