The Eclectic Book Review of Ashes of Heroes (War of Regret) by Gabriel Archer and Jack Canaan


Ashed of HeroesAshes of Heroes (War of Regret) by Gabriel Archer and Jack Canaan is one of the by far one of the best self-published novels I have read.  The authors are exceptionally gifted storytellers who have taken great care to craft every aspect of this story about rich multi-dimensional characters that live in a highly detailed and oftentimes bone chilling world they have created.  I highly recommend Ashes of Heroes to any serious fantasy lover!

Description, Characterization & World-Building Rating: 5/5

This is one of the most descriptive novels I have read in a long time.  The characters are multilayered and inhabit a world steeped in detail and culture that it can sometimes be hard to remember it is fictional.

Plot & Narration Rating: 4.5/5

This story has more twists than a politician’s campaign promises, but it’s much more satisfying!  Although it can sometimes be a little difficult to follow, believe me when I tell you to just go with it.  You’ll be happy you did.  The narration is well done.  The author’s are true wordsmith’s who have obviously taken great care to craft how their story is read and interpreted.  My only complaint is with the dialogue.  Since it is generally included in the paragraphs with the rest of the story as opposed to being set off alone, it can sometimes be difficult to follow and I found myself having to read some passages again.

Value Rating: 5/5

The current Amazon list price is $3.99 for the Kindle version which is a fantastic value.

Overall Rating: 4.8/5

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The Eclectic Book Review of Captured – A Novella by Elizabeth Bolling


Captured by Elizabeth BollingCaptured is Elizabeth Bolling’s debut novel, and as such I feel that it is well above average.  The author shows promise and I commend her for attempting to combine the two genres of suspense and romance into a single novella, let alone her first one.  That is certainly not an easy thing to do.  Her description and world building really help to give the story shape and substance.  I do feel that this book could use some additional work on characterization in order to give the characters more depth and personality.  I also feel that it could use some additional plot development in order to increase the dramatic tension.  However, overall I think that Captured by Elizabeth Bolling is above average for a first novel and I would recommend it to any mature audience.

Description, Characterization & World-Building Rating: 4/5

The author is very descriptive in her writing which helps the reader to visualize the story as it unfolds on the pages.  The world building skills she employs are well above average for new authors.  However I feel that her characterization could use work.  The characters were mostly interesting and believable, but some seemed to lack the depth and personality that truly make them stand out as unique.

Plot & Narration Rating: 3.5/5

Overall this is written to be a suspenseful romance and the plot propels the story along rather nicely, with all of the necessary elements to complete the story.  However I found it to be rather straightforward and predictable, lacking the increasing levels of dramatic tension and literary devices that lend themselves to that end.   Aside from that there were a few occurrences where the timeline of the story felt strange or awkward.  The narration was well done and easy to read with only a few instances of spelling or grammar mistakes, which could be easily corrected with additional editing.

Value Rating: 4/5

The current Amazon list price is $2.99 for the Kindle version of this book which is a fair value.

Overall Rating: 3.8/5

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The Eclectic Book Review of Sky of Dust: The Last Weapon by Joshua Bonilla


Sky of Dust: The Last Weapon by Joshua Bonilla takes place in a post apocalyptic world.  The author has created an interesting and intriguing story that keeps you wanting more.  The plot has several cliff hangers and provides ample dramatic tension to move the story along.  However I felt that the characters and the world they inhabit were somewhat lacking in the details and descriptions that would truly complete this story.  Overall though this is a good story with great potential that I would recommend to teens and young adults.

Description, Characterization & World-Building Rating: 3.5/5

While the characters are likable and the book contains sufficient world building to set the scenery in which the story takes place, I found the characters to be somewhat lacking in personality and depth.  I would have preferred more depth to the characters and more detailed descriptions of the characters and the world they inhabit.

Plot & Narration Rating: 4/5

The plot is very interesting and moves the story along quickly with some nice twists.  The prologue does a good job of grabbing your attention and the epilogue nicely sets the stage for a sequel.  Overall the narration is easy to read and also moves the story along nicely, but it felt somewhat awkward to see the short one to two sentence paragraphs.  If the paragraphs were condensed, this book would probably be about half its current 260 page length, leaving plenty of room for the additional details I mentioned before that would flesh out the story better.

Value Rating: 4/5

The current Amazon list prices are $2.99 for the Kindle version which is a good value and $12.99 for paperback, which some may consider high.

Overall Rating: 3.8/5

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