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War Remnants: Book zero of the forbidden series (edició 2019)

de Moud Adel (Autor)

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Títol:War Remnants: Book zero of the forbidden series
Autors:Moud Adel (Autor)
Informació:Independently published (2019), 136 pages
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War Remnants: Book zero of the forbidden series de Moud Adel

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This is a fantasy novella with a relatively interesting magic system and world. The people in this book are divided into four factions, each of which commanding completely different and interesting types of magic. Like most societies, the factions play at the idea of wanting peace, but most of their actions toward each other are anything but peaceful. I really liked the ideas in this book; unfortunately, I found the execution very disappointing.

The writing style was awkward and amateurish. A lot of the sentences needed tightening and there were lots of awkward word choices and unbelievable dialogue. Perhaps the worst of this, though, were the descriptions. For the first chapter or two of the book, I thought the characters were magical creatures/aliens of some kind, because they were described using such phrases as "triangle-shaped" and "platinum-hued," which would never apply to a human in any literal or logical sense. The author also had the tendency to lump unrelated words together with hyphens, resulting in compounds like "prominent-shaped" or "gunmetal-almond-shaped" that were nonsensical (I wouldn't begin to know how to draw a prominent or a gunmetal almond, if asked). Granted, there were some sections that read fairly smoothly, and the author does show promise for the future, but I think he published way too prematurely; he needs a lot more practice and study still.

I also found this book hard to follow at times. For such a short little novella, there's a plethora of characters (15-20 or more?). Many of these characters have similar names (Rakamai, Retan, Rondai, Rasd, Rani, Radaman) and very few actually got any real introduction, so I spent much of the book trying to figure out who people were and why I was supposed to care about them. Additionally, there was very little explanation about how social rules/laws and magic worked, so some things felt like they came a little out of nowhere.

While the world depicted in the story was very interesting, I found myself not knowing nearly enough about it to feel satisfied. It was a magic using society, as I've mentioned, but they also had some amount of technology. Air mattresses and video games were both mentioned, and some fighters used their magic to create guns. These things all felt anachronistic because I typically imagine fantasy societies with a lower level of technology, and there was no real description of their homes or how these people lived to better anchor me in the setting. It was all sort of a blur. I would have been happy to enjoy a more contemporary fantasy or science fantasy if it had been properly set as such, but it wasn't really set as anything at all. Also, toward the very end of the book, Egyptians were mentioned, which implies that this world in some way relates to Earth. Whether it was a future Earth, an alternate past/present, or another planet that knows of Earth culture is completely unknown to me, and I would have appreciated some indication of what this relationship was supposed to be.

Going along with that, there was also a small mention of cocoa beans being used to make something smell like coffee, which I didn't really understand because cocoa beans = chocolate and coffee beans = coffee. I wasn't sure what the deal was there.

Also, speaking of worldbuilding, toward the beginning of the book, it was mentioned that people from the protagonist's faction have to give up part of their lifespan to use their magic. This is an interesting price to put on magic and it could have led to some very interesting dilemmas in which characters are trying to reserve their magic as much possible and are being forced to use it, etc. except for the fact that, after it was mentioned, it was completely ignored. They didn't make any effort to limit their magic use at all, and in fact, they didn't really give a thought to the price again throughout the rest of the book. I wasn't sure what the purpose of including the price at all was, since it didn't affect the plot or the worldbuilding noticeably at all.

And finally, there was the story itself. I thought the general plot was interesting, if sometimes hard to keep track of, and I really think that this story would have been better served in a 300 page book. This would have given the author time to develop the world and the characters appropriately, allowing me better comprehension of the story as well as emotional attachment. As it was, this tiny book was jam-packed with big scenes and an ensemble cast and I didn't really have the time to get attached to any one person, so deaths and other hardships didn't phase me at all. In a longer book, I could have gotten introduced to the characters more slowly and thoroughly and there could have been more downtime and description to show me what this world was actually like and get me emotionally rooted in certain perspectives.

I also feel as though one could argue that the story itself doesn't really start until the end. In the last chapter, four relatively young characters are sent off on what they view as the biggest mission of their lives; I think it would have probably made more sense to start with their story and perhaps just alluded to the events of this book as backstory (that could have perhaps been written out in a companion novel later, if desired).

In general, I hope this author continues to study and hone his craft, as he seems to have some really cool and interesting ideas, but this particular book is not up to the quality that I expect from published work and I can't really recommend it. ( )
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