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About the Book
Sky of Embers
The Fall of the Greek Gods
by Nicholas Sharp
Published 7 August 2019
Crimson Embers Publications
Genre: Mythology Retelling
Page Count: 434
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Alone with no memories of his past, James finds himself befriended by a hunter and his wolf companion. The Black Order has taken James in and made him part of a team of hunters. James, Chase, and Ulf fight off enemies in epic battles of will, mystical powers, and enchanted ancient weaponry to keep humankind safe from supernatural beings who would destroy it. Along the way, James discovers a dark secret about himself as his memories return.
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My Rating: 3 Stars
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I was sent a complimentary copy of Sky of Ember by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest. This review will be featured on my blog, westveilpublishing.com, started at 6:30am EST on July 6th.
Sky of Embers shows the bones of a great epic fantasy story in the making! James, Chase, and Ulf appear to be demigod variety mystical beings, and their high-stakes adventures keep the world order in balance. The world-building is interesting and the mythology built around these characters is fascinating!
I struggled with the writing style, though. There’s a lot of exposition, a lot of telling that could easily be showing, and a lot of unnatural dialogue. (For example, nobody who’s being corrected stops and says “You are right” without contractions or attitude 5+ times in the same conversation. These felt like verbal nods for the sake of having this character participated in the dialogue.)
I think this author has a lot of great stories to tell, and this book is definitely not something to avoid, but this author needs to work with a developmental editor to smooth the writing out and take it from bullet point outline turned paragraphs into a compelling narrative with dialogue that flows naturally.
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