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Review – Andor’s Awakening August 14, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 3.5 stars, Fantasy.
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Title: Andor’s Awakening

Author: Brendan O’Keefe

Publisher: Brendan O’Keefe

Publication Date: March 15, 2012

ASIN: B007KZ0CQU

Available at: Amazon

Summary:

The Raz are overtaking Shea, city by city. Leaving humanity in desperate straits.

After being rescued by a band of Imperial soldiers, Andor is left with no memory of who he is but for his name. He slowly comes into his powers and realizes he may be Shea’s one hope against the Razian forces. But at what cost?

Review:

I was quickly swept away by the action in this book. Andor woke up and was attacked by a Razian soldier one minute then had to escape the city of Lewe while a Reaper was in pursuit of himself and his comrades, the next. The action was never harried or frenzied. It had a nice pace to it.

The world-building was amazingly detailed. From the different gods to the different countries, each detail was meticulously laid out. I could imagine it all with the help of O’Keefe. I especially liked the scene with the temple. The stone statues of the gods were so well described I could almost feel them.

I couldn’t really connect with Andor. He showed one instance of being remarkably naive that really bothered me.

Tiny spoiler here.

When Andor regained his memory of his family, he somehow expected them to be alive in the face of the mass destruction of Lewe. In the face of the genocide the Razians wreaked in Lewe, he was convinced they were alive. I found that hard to swallow. I understand grief when faced with the reality of their deaths over the conjecture of their deaths. But to obstinately believe they’re alive over all evidence to the contrary? I had a hard time believing that.

Other then that I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I didn’t quite connect with him. I didn’t dislike him. I just didn’t connect with him in any meaningful way. The same goes for the other characters.  I couldn’t really relate to any of them. I didn’t feel any camaraderie with them.  If anything, I liked Mar the most but he was such a minor character in the book that I really didn’t get a chance to get to know him.

There were also grammatical and spelling errors which were annoying and distracting. Amazon indicated that this was a 1.2 edition. I’m not sure if my copy was a 1.2 edition but if it was it still needs some work.

The world-building and the action more then make up for the deficit of the character development, in my opinion. This book will take you on a wild ride you won’t regret.

*A free copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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