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KayKay #CRB5 Review #40 & 41 A Vow of Glory and A Clash of Honor by Morgan Rice

clashofhonor

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

Writing these reviews are like closure when I finish reading a book.  I leave the book on my Kindle until I publish my review.  Sometimes it’s a nice reflection where I appreciate the story as a whole.  And sometimes it’s something I want to rush through to forget the experience of reading the book.  I’m going to make this one short, in fact I’ll go ahead and combine books 4 and 5 in this review.  Here is what I thought….

Plot

Thor and his morally upright companions and friends save some people and do the right thing.

Plot Score: 1/5

World Building

At this point, it’s just stupid.  A place where it rains spiders in the evening?  Instead of wonderfully quirky (as a Neil Gaiman could have pulled off) it comes off as childish and lazy.

Location Score: 1/5

Characters and Relationships

These characters are so one note.  I can’t say how many times people just ‘feel’ things and know things based on their instincts.  Again, just lazy writing (which is inspiring this lazy review)

Characters Score: 1/5

Life Lessons (fka Bigger Meaning)

None

Bigger Meaning Score:  0/5

Style

This is obviously written for kids, as each character is either perfectly good or terribly evil.  There are a lot of plot lines that are just filler.  I think this guy wrote 1 or 2 OK books, got a deal and took a 3 book series and has stretched it for all it’s worth.

Style Score: 1/5

Final Thoughts?

-My lesson learned is to stop while I’m ahead.  I have two other unfinished series that I feel obligated to read (as I’ve purchased the books), but you know what- life is too short for this mess!

Total Score and Recommendation

4/25- AVOID AT ALL COST

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KayKay #CRB5 Review #39 Hunted by Kevin Hearne

hunted

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

Normally books start slow and have a chapter or two at the end where the action picks up.  This book literally starts at a sprint, and doesn’t slow to a jog until the end of the book.  Did this pacing work?  Here is what I thought…

Plot

Atticus is being chased through Europe by two goddesses of the hung (Artemis and Diana).  He is unable to shift to a safe plane, and must reach England and the forest of Herne the Hunter.  During the sprint they kill some vampires, make peace with the Norse and Olympians, and escapes to Japan with Granuaile and Oberon to heal.  Oh, and the Morrigan dies…

I have a hard time remembering the plot of these books when I finish them.

Plot Score: 3/5

World Building

Another world where EVERYTHING is real, from vampires, fae and werewolves, to all the mythological gods (even Jesus).  The story even takes places on different planes.

World Building Score: 3/5

Characters and Relationships

A lot of the characters in this book are greek/norse/irish gods.  With the original characters (Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon) there is a lot of character development.  The established characters (Zeus, Jupiter, Mercury, etc.) come with built in story lines.  Unfortunately, I’m not that familiar with all the mythology and there are so many of these characters that it makes it difficult to keep everyone straight. Perhaps if I was more familiar with the all mythology it would have been easier (not sure how much studying I’d have to do to learn all the myths).

Characters Score: 3/5

Life Lessons

None

Life Lessons Score:  0/5

Style

Defining Quote “I have +20 verbal dexterity”

The author quotes Shakespeare, poetry, pop culture references (‘rickrolled’, quotes from Predator and Lord of the Rings) and modern vernacular.  I think it’s fair, since the main character is old enough to have known Shakespeare, learned latin and keep up with what’s cool now.  However, I’m not sure what reader can keep up with all the references (you need a +20 verbal dexterity).

Style Score: 3/5

Final Thoughts?

– Even though I have some minor complaints, I love this series.

– I found the ‘reverse pacing’ odd.  I think you need soft moments to highlight the action sequences.  And soft moments are more than them stopping to steal a pot roast for the dog.

Total Score and Recommendation

-12/25- There something for everyone to enjoy (and who can not LOVE Oberon?)