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Tome of the Undergates (Aeons' Gate Series #1)

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    Ponderous, ham-fisted waste of time

    A first book, and it shows. But this never should have been published. It takes the author close to 500 pages to get to the point. I wanted this book to be good, I wanted it to be something worthy of my time. About 200 pages in I almost gave up, but kept going, thinking it would get better. It didn't.

    The author spends a great deal of time describing various bodily functions, and seems to take an orgasmic joy in the description of violence.

    The characters do not grow, and barely distinguish themselves. Lets see, you have gruff jerk with silver hair, gruff jerk with platinum hair and oft-mentioned small breasts, dumb gruff jerk who is either an assassin or a thief, gormless wizard who's a jerk, and gruff jerk with scales, and gruff jerk with breasts and a holy symbol.

    Just when there's an inkling of something interesting in the characters, the author jerks the rug out from under you, and moves on to more descriptions of urination or gore.

    The story could've been told in two chapters.

    In short, the impression I came away with was that somebody took notes during a high-school dungeons and dragons game, grabbed a thesaurus and an MP3 of a dead alewives sketch, and decided to write a gritty fantasy.

    This story did have potential, and could've benefited from a major re-write. Sadly it fell short and nothing was resolved in anticipation of a sequel. A sequel this reader will not bother with.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Ok Book

    SpiritRane: A friend of mind lent me this book because I was interested to see how the son of my favorite writer (Diana Gabledon of the Outlander series) wrote. Well I have to say for a first boik it was a grand try, l am hoping as this series moves along the charactors get more definded than other more baseless stuff. I can see discribing things but some is a bit much. I would have liked to read more on how the players got to where they did in their lives. I am looking forward to the next chapter for this young writer to see if his writing grows with depth and perserverance. It is so hard to write a review on a Nook. Blessed be.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

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    This is an entertaining seafaring fantasy

    They are a band loathed and feared by everyone else. They take only jobs that no one else even considers as that is the only work they can get. These mercenaries are not a band of brothers (and sisters) in arms as they detest one another. Their leader by default is Lenk the swordsman whose prime job is to prevent Denaos the thug, Asper the priestess, Dreadaelon the wizard, Gariath the dragonman, and Kataria the shict from killing each other especially when they are on the job.

    Their current assignment is to protect a Priest while searching for the stolen by an oceanic malevolence Tome of the Undergates as they sail on the Riptide. Cragsmen of the vessel Linkmaster attack their vessel, but the six defeat the pirates though thy are incredibly outnumbered. However that is a forerunner as soon the sextet will learn what their greed means as they are caught in the crosshairs of a war in which the hell beneath the sea wants to dominate the world.

    This is an entertaining seafaring fantasy filled with plenty of adventures. The story line is loaded with action as the six fight adversaries including each other. The back stories of each are well written and interesting though their tales slow down the pace of the oceanic fantasy and in spite of their diversity reads somewhat interchangeable. Still fans will enjoy the opening Tome of the Undergates.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    right up there with brandon sanderson...fights need lil bit more

    right up there with brandon sanderson...fights need lil bit more detail...but good read

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