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, March 30, 2023

Review: Legacy of Man

Legacy of Man Legacy of Man by David Lingard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Performance: ***
Story: ***

An Ok YA Fantasy with SciFi/Military Tropes.

It’s a premise that has been done before … a lot; however, that really is what I was signing up for, so I didn’t really count that against it. The Narration was a bit flat making the experience a little less natural feeling, but still reasonable enough to enjoy the book. Part of that is the writing style, which was heavy on description over showing/action making the story one that requires a substantial amount of Letting Go if you wanted to enjoy it … I mean … 12 year old kids basically going full out special ops after a brief boot camp that apparently trains it’s soldiers using the Lord of the Flies method. Yeah … good times … just roll with it and feel good (seriously, it is primarily billed as a fantasy for a reason). Over all the book was entertaining enough to finish and I did actually enjoy some of the twists and silliness, so dig in for a casual read and you won’t be disappointed.

I was given this free advance review/listener copy (ARC) audiobook 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.