After partially reading several different ebooks, and preliminarily reviewing a work not yet published (I'll tell you about that one as soon as the author publishes), I finally found the next great work for review.
This latest discovery was Tales of Aria: The Legend of Damiano's Disk, a fantasy written by Carl Russ, III.
Let's begin with the exceptional cover art.
|Cover art by Bryan Golden, whose gallery|
I spent way too much time perusing!
- This ebook would not stand alone. If the manga styled cover was any indication of what we'd find inside, this work would end with a clear lead into the next installment.
- The world would break the standard rules of environment, producing a vivid image in the reader's mind that differs from the norm.
You can certainly see why I'm reviewing this one. It sent my imagination free, and gave me a full world to play with.
So why isn't it a Treasured Tome, then?
Well, the characters were fleshed out very well, and it was obvious that a great deal of time and attention was spent on them. I really liked every single one of them.
But I didn't love them.
I enjoyed traveling Aria with the characters, and I was very eager to find out what would happen to them, but I didn't laugh, I didn't cry, and I didn't become enraged if someone distracted me while on this adventure.
I thought long and hard about that, because it seemed like I should have felt this way. This ebook was brilliantly crafted. After banging my head against the wall a few times, hoping to rattle my brain enough to shake a reason free, I finally found one:
I think it came down to the dialogue.
Some words spoken by the cast of characters felt clunky and forced, which caused the story to lose some of its emotional impact.
But the novel was still a great one, and status as a Treasured Tome was really only a hair's breadth away. Russ is writing a sequel, and I'm looking forward to it.
Tales of Aria: The Legend of Damiano's Disk is definitely worth reading.
Unfortunately, it's not available at the Nook store, but you can download it at Smashwords and Kindle! Read it! It really is a fun ebook.
And besides, who doesn't want to imagine themselves flinging magical orbs at nasty beasties?