My Favorite Books

The Walking Drum
Ender's Game
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Curse of Chalion
The Name of the Wind
Chronicles of the Black Company
The Faded Sun Trilogy
The Tar-Aiym Krang

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Review: Genesis of War

Genesis of War Genesis of War by R.T. Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This a a solid [plot driven] read with an interesting spread of characters and good world building. The story opens with treachery in the “West” as the [nearly immortal] son of a vanquished sorcerer makes his move to claim the throne. This sets into motion the King of the East and his three scion (Thasus, Andemar and Rudimere) as they maneuver to secure allies in the North and South, knowing that they are next on the hit parade. Although we do see some character drama, there really isn’t much development for any of the MCs. And while there are a few twists and turns along the way, the story pretty much unfolds predictably. In this first book, we really only see the West and some of the North (and its perpetual winter and feuding Lords). Presumable we will see the South in the next installment. Magic within the world is attributed to “Sages” and as a result of past abuse are not well looked upon. The appendix in the back gives a good summary, but it was not hard to figure it out in the story from the context … and so we have Illusionists, Foreseers, Evolutionaries and Sorcerers. I really liked the author’s take on this. And while the writing isn’t likely to knock you socks off, the author did manage to avoid most of the mistakes that drive me up a wall to the point where I start taking away stars … so I am rounded up to 4 here (and reading the sequel on kindle unlimited).

The series is available on KindleUnlimited. I was given this free advance reader copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My Ratings Explained ...

  • [ ***** ] Amazing Read - Perfect story, exciting, engrossing, well developed complex characters, solid plot with few to no holes, descriptive environments and place settings, great mystery elements, realistic dialogue, believable reactions and behaviors; a favorite that I can re-read many times.
  • [ **** ] Great Read - Highly entertaining and enjoyable, exciting storyline, well developed characters and settings, a few discrepancies but nothing that can’t be overlooked. Some aspect of the story was new/refreshing to me and/or intriguing. Recommended for everyone.
  • [ *** ] Good Read - Solid story with a 'good' ending, or has some other redeeming feature. Limited character development and/or over reliance on tropes. Noticeable discrepancies in world building and/or dialog/behavior that were distracting. I connected enough with the characters/world to read the entire series. Most of the books I read for fun are here. Recommended for fans of the genre.
  • [ ** ] Okay Read - Suitable for a brief, afternoon escape … flat or shallow characters with little to no development. Over the top character dialog and/or behavior. Poor world building with significant issues and/or mistakes indicating poor research. Excessive use of trivial detail, info dumps and/or pontification. Any issues with the story/characters are offset by some other aspect that I enjoyed. Not very memorable. May only appeal to a niche group of readers. Recommended for some (YMMV).
  • [ * ] Bad Read - Awkward and/or confusing writing style. Poor world building and/or unbelievable (or unlikeable) characters. Victimization, gaslighting, blatant abuse, unnecessary violence, child endangerment, or any other highly objectionable behaviors by Main characters. I didn't connect with the story at all; significant aspects of this story irritated me enough that I struggled to finished it. Series was abandoned. Not recommended.