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Once We Were Kings: A Book Review

Updated on July 30, 2012

I usually only write reviews to movies, books, shows and such that really move me, but this time I am making an exception. I don't hate this book, but I do take offense to parts of it. I read the reviews and most gave it a 4 or 5 star rating and rave reviews while a couple of reviewers out right hated it. For once I should have listened to the nay sayers.

Most of the ravers claimed this was an epic fantasy. I fear they have never read a true work of epic fantasy if they consider this epic. It has the potential to be a good story, but somehow it must have went to print without the guiding hands of a good editor. There are simply way to many holes and weak plots in it. As I say though, it has potential, if the author was willing to go back to the drawing board with it. The thing I took offense to is this. I am, for lack of a better word, a firm "Christian". The author uses words straight from the bible, words spoken by my GOD, and puts these words in the mouth of his god. this gives me a sick feeling inside as I read it.

While people who are not religious will not have this problem, they may still find the plot weak. The characters don't have the depth you might find in true epics such as Lord Of The Rings. One is always stumbling over little mistakes, like on one page the sword is jammed into the tree and she jerks it out and sheaths it, and on the next page, she again jerks it out and sheaths it. Or the fact that the girl thinks both her legs are broken, yet she merely sobs a bit. I am not sure about other readers, but even when I am reading science fiction and fantasy, I like there to be a semblance of reality to it...Something that helps to keep things believable. That way it helps to keep my attention. And it helps me to identify and sympathize with the characters.

If you are a prime member on Amazon and you own a kindle, you can borrow this book for free. You might like it, some folks obviously loved it. Basically it follows the story of a young girl and a young boy from opposite and warring nations destined to bring peace to their world. Valhandra, or god, has chosen the young man to be the Great Deliverer, to save his people from the evil Malakandor. There are shape shifting spirit beings and dragons including a demon dragon called Ashtoreth.

I am glad I borrowed the book and did not waste my money on it.


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    tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

    hi Kari Pete. same here. thank you for stopping by to read my review. at least this is one book you wont have wasted your money on. have a great day.

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    Kari Pete 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

    Interesting review. I like fantasy, but honestly, I do find myself losing interest when it comes to misses in editing or just silliness in the writing.