Book Review: Rise of the Raven by Steven R. Drennon

Title: Rise of the Raven

Author: Steven R. Drennon


Publisher: Steven R. Drennon

Date: April 2, 2011

Pages: 114,254 words

ISBN: 1461121868 (10) (978-1461121862 {13})

Source: author

Purchase: Smashwords, $2.99, Amazon $12.99 Paperback, $2.99 Kindle

Summary From: Amazon~

Rise of the Raven chronicles the efforts of the Mage of NorAmen as he struggles to free his master from the demon haunted plains of the nether dimension where he has been exiled for over fourteen hundred years. Striving to prevent him are the five wizards of the Khand. The keepers of the sacred Watchstone, they have sworn to uphold the integrity of the barrier that separates the two worlds. In the midst of all this, a young boy becomes a man and discovers a great power that he never knew he possessed, but will it be enough to save his friends?

And thus the story begins . . .

My thoughts ~

Rise of the Raven is a good first book for a fantasy author. However, I have to point out that the beginning of the book was rather slow. This would have been a better book had it started at chapter 3. There were lots of instances in the first few chapters of telling what was happening to the reader rather than showing.

The characters were a bit stiff and formal. I found the only one I connected with after having dozens of them paraded before me was Leilani, the king’s daughter. She had an effervescent personality and warmth that exuded from the pages.

Being a fantasy book, I found the length of it to be a bit too long. Had the battle scenes not been so lengthy and some of the character development and dialogue worked out a little better, this might not have been a large issue. Because of the style used in the first couple of chapters, though, it made reading this a little tough for me. There were too many character point of view switches throughout the book that made me go back and re-read to figure out who was doing/thinking what. Sometimes it was so much of a point of view jolt that it took a moment for it to sink in.

However, with all of that being said, the descriptions of this book were very well written and detailed. It served the purpose of projecting the imagery into your mind. Very well accomplished. This is a good start for an upcoming fantasy author and I hope that future books are given a little more consideration in the areas stated above. If these issues could be worked on and developed, this author has the potential of being great.

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