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Friday, November 27, 2009

Book Review: King by Right of Blood and Might by Anna L. Walls

King by Right of Blood and Might King by Right of Blood and Might by Anna Walls


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I was given this book by the author, who has published it independently, and more power to her!

I might start off by explaining my rating system:

No (0) stars - It's utter crap, don't buy it, what a waste of paper.
One (1) star - It's utter crap, with one or two redeeming qualities.
Two (2) stars - It's crap, but has a fair amount of potential.
Three (3) stars - It's good, though not my preferred reading fare, you should still read it.
Four (4) stars - It's great, and you should probably read it.
Five (5) stars - Blew my frikkin' mind! Buy it! Now. You'll thank me.

King by Right of Blood and Might earned three stars because it is genuinely good, though not typically something I would read. The story is good and imaginative and quite engrossing in places, though the simplistic style of writing suggests that it would be more suitable for a young reader (aged around 7-12, I should think). Please note, this is NOT a bad thing at all! This book tackles gritty and gruesome happenstance in a manner that is easily digested and not at all traumatising.

There were a couple of awkward sentences here and there (name a book that doesn't have one or two and I'll call you a liar), and one instance of inappropriate language for the style that, honestly, shocked me.

That said, this is a definite must-read for any young readers you know.


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh, I recently read part of "Studies in Seicento Art" by Denis Mahon, 1947, and his writing WAS flawless, clear, and a pleasure to read. I would challenge anyone to find a single awkward sentence in that book! :)hahaha
Catherine in Kingston

S. M. Carrière said...

lol! I don't doubt you a bit... but I'm afraid I'm obligated to call you a liar... I'm sorry!

Anna L. Walls said...

Thanks for the review. This popped up on my google alerts, for your information. I'm glad you liked it. I'd appreciate it if you'd tell me the awkward parts, etc. I do see a republication in this books future and I want such things fixed.

I am still learning and am determined to continue to do so until my finger drop off.

Anna

S. M. Carrière said...

The only thing that comes to mind immediately is a sentence I read in the first couple of pages. I don't have the book with me today, but I'll grab it tomorrow and go through it again.
I really did enjoy reading it. I like how you've woven so many disparate mythologies together. In any case, I'll email you tomorrow.
Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Your statement, "every book has an awkward sentence or two" is flawed. Unless you have actually read every book, you are not in a position to make this generalizing statement. (or call people liars)_
C in K

S. M. Carrière said...

lol... yes, it's very flawed... and I had intended to make a tongue-in-cheek issue of it last post, but I may have been misunderstood.... I certainly didn't mean any offence.