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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #30 on: October 30, 2015, 07:11:18 PM »
Started The Weight of a Crown by Tavish Kaeden I feel I might like this one a lot

Yep it was a good story, I be looking forward to reading the sequel with Xasho and his blessed/cursed dagger  and Nicolas with  his dubious master Jori, lot's of fun. :)
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2015, 03:44:27 PM »
Finished City of Burning Shadow

This was really good maybe my favourite out of the finalists. An UF set in a post apocalypse setting,I don't normally like post apocalypse settings but this one worked for me 
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #32 on: November 16, 2015, 07:47:20 PM »
Finished all 10 now

My top three

Spoiler for Hiden:
City of Burning Shadow by Barbra J.Webb,The Weight of a Crown by Tavish Kaeden and Shattered Sands by W.G.Saraband

I will be buying the sequels to this ones.
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #33 on: November 16, 2015, 11:22:56 PM »
Well done for reading them all!
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #34 on: November 17, 2015, 06:41:55 PM »
I started A Soul for Trouble by Crista McHugh. Read about 40 pages so far.

Had some good laughs, but also some facepalms.
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #35 on: November 17, 2015, 11:31:31 PM »
just checked the scores @Saraband I reckon the reviewers saved your until last as it was twice as long as the others.

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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #36 on: November 20, 2015, 04:45:26 PM »
Finished A Soul for Trouble.

It started really well, with action and humor. But the innuendo and the love triangle completely overpowered the story. For me, it went downhill when Kell appeared.

With every male falling for Trouble, including the wolf and chaos God, it was curious that

Spoiler for Hiden:
the necromancer didn't. Now that i think about it, he could have been a more realistic love interest than the two main ones.

First, they are both mages, threatened to be burned at the stake.

Second, they both had very harsh lives and were treated unfairly.
Trouble with his father abandoning her mother to the treatment of her uncle. Sulaino by having his entire family burned on the stake and the king making him watch (and thinking that was an act of mercy).

Third, a real conflict would happen. Sulaino would be torn between Loku and Trouble. Not Dev's "boo hoo, honor or love" or Kell's "boo hoo, i wanna see what my brother feels".
Even if she managed to heal him and make him live on, he would have to cope with the weight of his crimes. Could turn into a nice redemption... or not.

Fourth, it made Kell look like a complete hypocrite. He agreed to burn Sulaino's family on the stake because of witchcraft, but pleas an even risks his life for a witch.
And not even for a moment considered that it was that action that created the monster his kingdom was having trouble with.

Maybe the author was trying to show how Arden could have fallen, but it felt like a wasted opportunity.
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #37 on: November 20, 2015, 04:58:03 PM »
I went to check for a new one to read and found that The Weight of a Crown is currently free. So that's gonna be my next one until December, when book club happens  ;D
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #38 on: November 20, 2015, 05:17:51 PM »
Yeah I really enjoyed Weight of the Crown, I'm currently reading the sequel  :D

I also have to like your post for finishing Soul for Trouble as it was the only one I  had a DNF on too much innuendo for me
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #39 on: November 25, 2015, 06:07:00 PM »
Finished The Weight of a Crown by Tavish Kaeden.

Enjoyed it, good pace, but everything was a build up for the major conflict that should happen on the next book. It felt it lacked completion on it's own.

Also, there is too much description that easily could have been more dialogue, thought or action by the characters.

But overall it was a good read.
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #40 on: November 25, 2015, 06:38:54 PM »
Will you be reading any more SFBO?
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #41 on: November 25, 2015, 08:00:39 PM »
That's what I'm thinking about.

Some books were released this year, while others are already finished duo/trilogies.  Reading the other 8 finalists in 3 months seems pretty doable, but i think i would have to pass their sequels. That's because I would like to do it before the final round deadline, just because  :D

I guess i will try to read them all, but most likely i will have to intercalate them with book club's books and others who pick my interest as well.
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #42 on: November 25, 2015, 08:03:12 PM »
I guess i will try to read them all, but most likely i will have to intercalate them with book club's books and others who pick my interest as well.

@Eclipse... Is there one blog-off book so good we should do a Book Club for it?
Other than Shattered Sands of course.  :D
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #43 on: November 25, 2015, 08:38:37 PM »
Barbara Webb novel City of Burning Shadows it was so good I found her website and sent an email to her to say how much I enjoyed it, I dropped a hint in the email to say a hello at FF forums lol and then she posted a hello topic here.

But shouldn't you be reading RF?
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
« Reply #44 on: December 02, 2015, 01:18:52 AM »
I decided to read City of Burning Shadows as well. It's short and after NaNo and Nation I need some breathing room before I dive into 700 pages Perdido Street Station.

Thief and Colder Sun are shorter, but they have sequels. Probably should just go with a one published volume book for now.
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