A Girl From Nowhere (The Firewall Trilogy, #1)
Surrounded by fire, a girl with mysterious powers and a young warrior search for safety.Life in the wasteland is a constant struggle. No one knows it better than Taimin. Crippled, and with only his indomitable aunt to protect him, Taimin must learn to survive in a world scorched by two suns and frequented by raiders.But when Taimin discovers his homestead ransacked and his aunt killed, he sets off with one mission: to seek revenge against those who stole everything. With nowhere to call home, his hunt soon takes a turn when he meets a mystic, Selena, who convinces him to join her search for the fabled white city. Taimin and Selena both need refuge, and the white city is a place where Taimin may find someone to heal his childhood injury.As they avoid relentless danger, Taimin and Selena attempt to reach the one place that promises salvation. And they can only hope that the city is the haven they need it to be…

A Girl From Nowhere (The Firewall Trilogy, #1) Details

TitleA Girl From Nowhere (The Firewall Trilogy, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2020
Publisher47North
ISBN-139781542005296
Rating
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction

A Girl From Nowhere (The Firewall Trilogy, #1) Review

  • Jamie Jack
    January 1, 1970
    Told Not ShownI enjoy fantasy on occasion, and I'm always looking for a new series to sink my teeth into. I had high hopes for this first book of a fantasy series. However, I found myself disappointed.As I started reading this book, something felt off and odd, and it took me a bit to puzzle out what was bothering me. I finally figured it out, though. The book feels like it is more telling than showing. There’s a writing adage that authors should “show rather than tell,” but this author misses th Told Not ShownI enjoy fantasy on occasion, and I'm always looking for a new series to sink my teeth into. I had high hopes for this first book of a fantasy series. However, I found myself disappointed.As I started reading this book, something felt off and odd, and it took me a bit to puzzle out what was bothering me. I finally figured it out, though. The book feels like it is more telling than showing. There’s a writing adage that authors should “show rather than tell,” but this author misses the mark. When authors tell more than show style, it puts an artificial distance between the reader and the characters and what happens in the book, and I found that to be the case here. The book appears to be aimed at the young adult fantasy reader, as the language is simple and straightforward. No problem there. Even though I am far past that age, I often enjoy books written for the YA audience. I don't let it deter me; I just love good books, no matter who they are written for. If only I could call this a good book! If the book description and the promise of a new fantasy series interests you, I suggest you read the Look Inside at Amazon to see if this writing style works for you. It didn't for me. My book blog: https://www.readingfanaticreviews.com
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  • AK Nephtali
    January 1, 1970
    I came for trope-filled fun, but instead was blasted with ableism and stilted writing that I found hard to believe came from a best-selling author.Here are my two positive comments: It was fast paced, and the concept of the firewall was cool (pun intended). Don’t be mad at me please, I brought a cat GIF!https://media.giphy.com/media/dRcMsUU... (I hope this works, I'm sort of new to Goodreads and don't know how to insert images.)DNF at chapter one, because I am merciless. I might have given it so I came for trope-filled fun, but instead was blasted with ableism and stilted writing that I found hard to believe came from a best-selling author.Here are my two positive comments: It was fast paced, and the concept of the firewall was cool (pun intended). Don’t be mad at me please, I brought a cat GIF!https://media.giphy.com/media/dRcMsUU... (I hope this works, I'm sort of new to Goodreads and don't know how to insert images.)DNF at chapter one, because I am merciless. I might have given it some clemency if it was simply badly written (which it was, very much so), but the unchallenged ableism was deeply unpleasant. Even if the author did eventually challenge it, I don’t want to read through pages of stilted, telling not showing, prose to get there.Here are some quotes. If your inner grammar dictator does not stir, then you might be able to enjoy this when I could not. (I really hope someone manages to find joy in these pages! A book universally unloved seems a tragedy to me.)“As he scanned the vertical cliffs of the escarpment, he looked for nests; where he saw nests he might find eggs.” Awkward semicolon, awkward phrasing in general.“They reined in a short distance from Taiman’s parents, before one of them kicked the wherry forward.” Pretty sure that comma is not meant to be there. Ah! My only other positive comment -- the wherrys/pseudo-horses with floppy ears are cute.And these are all in one paragraph: “He felt himself pulled up” “he saw his mother’s face” and “he didn’t hear concern, he heard fear.” This tell-not-show style of narration meant I was firmly detached and did not even frown when both of Taiman’s parents were killed in the first chapter. Apparently, it’s impossible for YA characters to have adventures without their parents dying! Who knows, maybe one day we’ll have satire about a villain who kidnaps all the orphans because everyone knows the Chosen One cannot have parents, and is then defeated by a girl with two moms. I’d love that. 😊And… the ableism. Come on world, we can do better! This is 2020. “You’re crippled, you know what that means, don’t you? You’re going to be a burden to yourself and to anyone you depend on.” HNNNNNNGGGG. And that was the straw that broke the camel’s back, folks. I expected better from a best-selling author of multiple series. I would except better from a debut, even.Avoid unless you have a high tolerance for grammatical errors, ableism, tropes, and a tell-not-show narration style.-----PS: In case you’re wondering how I’m reviewing something which has not been officially released, no I am not in possession of a time machine (if I was I’d skip ahead to when the Name of the Wind and Game of Thrones series are finished), I am instead part of the cult, er, I meant club, called Kindle Unlimited. Next time I’ll let someone else be Guinee pig of the unreviewed books before picking Amazon First-reads!
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  • Elly
    January 1, 1970
    I mean, it was okay. Getting past the telling-not-showing style of writing did my head in, but it was fast paced, there was some basic world building (largely off the back of post apocalyptic scarcity, so plenty of tropes in there) and thanks to the telling-not-showing I didn’t feel particularly attached to any of the characters (bar baby Griff. He was clearly the best of the bunch). It was more fantasy than sci-fi (maybe it’ll turn into sci-fi in the later books?) and generally, it was a time f I mean, it was okay. Getting past the telling-not-showing style of writing did my head in, but it was fast paced, there was some basic world building (largely off the back of post apocalyptic scarcity, so plenty of tropes in there) and thanks to the telling-not-showing I didn’t feel particularly attached to any of the characters (bar baby Griff. He was clearly the best of the bunch). It was more fantasy than sci-fi (maybe it’ll turn into sci-fi in the later books?) and generally, it was a time filler. It was fine, it worked as distraction/escapism. I wouldn’t have read it if it wasn’t one of the free Amazon First Reads. I’d read the next book if we’re still in lockdown by the time it comes out, but generally I don’t think this is a series I’d revisit.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so far out of what I would typically read, but after reading a sample of the first few chapters I was hooked. The descriptions are so vivid that it really brings this other world to life and the characters are so relatable through their struggles. It is the characters relationships to each other that make this book so good.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    The writing didn't work for me. It was all tell, no show. No personality, no artistry. Plot was predictable and dull. If you don't care about that stuff you might enjoy this for the setting, but I almost DNFd this countless times. I got this for free with Amazon Prime First Reads, otherwise I would have returned it immediately.
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  • Jacki
    January 1, 1970
    Strange yet fascinatingWhat a strange world this is, I am not, much for science fiction but this kept me reading, and I will read the nezt
  • Too Tired to be Poetic
    January 1, 1970
    I was pleasantly surprised by this book! James Maxwell did a wonderful job creating a vivid and intractable world. There were new races, interesting places, and action to boot. Every page was entertaining, and I read the whole thing in two sittings. Being that it was so fast paced, I didn’t find there to be any slow areas, and I think that the second half of the novel is even more page-turning than the beginning. My only complaint is that, throughout, I felt like I was missing something with the I was pleasantly surprised by this book! James Maxwell did a wonderful job creating a vivid and intractable world. There were new races, interesting places, and action to boot. Every page was entertaining, and I read the whole thing in two sittings. Being that it was so fast paced, I didn’t find there to be any slow areas, and I think that the second half of the novel is even more page-turning than the beginning. My only complaint is that, throughout, I felt like I was missing something with the characters. It took me a bit to figure out what that was before I realized that it was the way the story was written. Though engaging and throughly fun, there is a lot of ‘telling’ in the book. By that I mean things like this: at one point, the female main character (Selena) says “Taimin always thought he was right”. I would have much rather had some deep POV from Taimin saying something like ‘Taimin huffed, looking at her intently. Though her Idea was sound, his harsh survival instinct had kept him alive this far. As much as he trusted her, he knew he was right.’. Something like that, throughout the book, would have given a much more intense emotional connection to the main characters. By the second half, I feel like Maxwell did dive deeper. All in all, I really liked the book, and look forward to reading the next one!
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    2020 grade FZThree thugs killing an innocent peasant in the first few pages and I am out of here. Abandoned with prejudice.NOT recommended.
  • Dolores
    January 1, 1970
    I liked it. Suspenseful, scary, funny in places. I would recommend this to anyone. The language is a little rough sometimes; but I just try to ignore it. Very entertaining.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I encountered this as one of the “Kindle First Reads”. After reading the sample, I have no desire to keep going.When he was a child, Tasmin’s parents were killed by “rovers”; he was crippled at the same time. His aunt Abi raised him and trained him to survive in the waste, which is filled with hazards. He tamed a wyvern, and is able to ride it, apparently making up for his own inability to run.The prose is simple and procedural — at the end of the Kindle sample, I feel like I don’t know the inne I encountered this as one of the “Kindle First Reads”. After reading the sample, I have no desire to keep going.When he was a child, Tasmin’s parents were killed by “rovers”; he was crippled at the same time. His aunt Abi raised him and trained him to survive in the waste, which is filled with hazards. He tamed a wyvern, and is able to ride it, apparently making up for his own inability to run.The prose is simple and procedural — at the end of the Kindle sample, I feel like I don’t know the inner life of any of the characters. Just what they did. Even when a raiding band of Bax (I assume some non-human threat) torched the homestead and kill his aunt, I felt uninvolved in the story.
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  • Adam Parker
    January 1, 1970
    I read the first two books of The Shifting Tides series by Maxwell, and thoroughly enjoyed at least the first of the two books. When I saw this one show up for the free Kindle book of the month, I figured I'd give the author a try again. I must admit, the story was fast paced and the world was intriguing. I enjoyed the unique races described and the fact the main character had to deal with a serious physical handicap throughout. It did lack...something though. I would liken it to watching the TV I read the first two books of The Shifting Tides series by Maxwell, and thoroughly enjoyed at least the first of the two books. When I saw this one show up for the free Kindle book of the month, I figured I'd give the author a try again. I must admit, the story was fast paced and the world was intriguing. I enjoyed the unique races described and the fact the main character had to deal with a serious physical handicap throughout. It did lack...something though. I would liken it to watching the TV series The Flash vs. The Avengers movies. The Flash is something without a ton of production value which is enjoyable to pass the time on your couch(i.e. A Girl from Nowhere) while on the other hand, The Avengers movies are top notch quality productions worth going to the theaters to watch (Wheel of Time, Stormlight Archives, etc.) Both are good and have their place, but one is clearly better than the other.
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  • Tatum
    January 1, 1970
    This was just so badly written, pages of just overexplaining concepts that it felt more like a "the world of..." book rather than a novel. Characters didn't feel developed at all - no personality and really any sense it seemed. The book spent so much time spelling everything out that you were just told someone was this rather than seeing it and couldn't develop any of your own feelings towards a character other than destain. Also half the time I couldn't understand why they did something other t This was just so badly written, pages of just overexplaining concepts that it felt more like a "the world of..." book rather than a novel. Characters didn't feel developed at all - no personality and really any sense it seemed. The book spent so much time spelling everything out that you were just told someone was this rather than seeing it and couldn't develop any of your own feelings towards a character other than destain. Also half the time I couldn't understand why they did something other than it being dramatic or to push the story along/attempt to you feel bad for them. I swear I spent the majority of this book rolling my eyes.
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  • Travis
    January 1, 1970
    A decent story. It's been done before of course, but this one does have some unexpected plot twists that make it a worthwhile read for most scifi fans. Some won't like it, because of it's end of the world type setting (note, that's not the actual setting, just one that fits the description of most end of the world stories I've read), so if you can get past the tropes, you should be able to enjoy the story quite nicely, especially since it turns out, the world is stranger than you first imagine.
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  • Gus Myers
    January 1, 1970
    ( I received an e-copy of the book in exchange for a review)The Wizard of Oz meets a dystopian desertI first came upon this book by looking through NetGalley; both the cover and the description called my attention and I immediately became interested in reading it. I was unfamiliar with the author, his writing, and the kind of characters he built. Regardless, the book turned out be an interesting read and I enjoyed myself while reading it. SUMMARY: After Taimin lost his last family member, who ( I received an e-copy of the book in exchange for a review)The Wizard of Oz meets a dystopian desertI first came upon this book by looking through NetGalley; both the cover and the description called my attention and I immediately became interested in reading it. I was unfamiliar with the author, his writing, and the kind of characters he built. Regardless, the book turned out be an interesting read and I enjoyed myself while reading it. SUMMARY: After Taimin lost his last family member, who after a tragic accident teaches him how to defend himself, he decides to leave everything he knew in search of vengeance and perhaps something more. When his journey is only beginning he runs into Selena, a girl with an incredible power, and Lars, an old man with a dream, who are in search of a utopia known as the White City. Together they embark on a journey where they will be forced to face their enemies, make new allies, and stand up for themselves. AESTHETIC: • The colors of this book would have to be red, deep browns, yellow, all the warm tones. • Rocks, hard surfaces, and unbearable heat. • A place were defending yourself is imminent and necessary to survive.• A place where everyone is desperate for water and a common type of death is dehydration. SETTING: • I found the setting really interesting to be honest. At first I was a bit afraid of it because quite honestly, the author could have made it dreadful. The characters are in this place called the wasteland, and surrounding them there is the firewall. This is a place that as far as we know is impossible to walk through without turning into literal ash. Beyond the firewall there's nothing but dead burn land. • I would describe this place as a massive desert but without the sand and more rocks. • (view spoiler)[ At the end of the book we come to find out that actually, beyond the firewall there is a sort of paradise. It's green, beautiful, filled with water (literally a description of what Earth is to us) (hide spoiler)] CHARACTERS: • I would say there are two main characters: Taimin and Selena, as they are the ones that we follow constantly throughout the book, no matter where they are or what they're doing. Regardless, we spend a lot of time with many other characters, such as Lars. • There are many characters that are non-human, which I enjoyed. We are introduced to 3 other species: the bax, the skalen, and the trulls (though the trulls are mentioned sporadically, while we get a lot of action from the other two races). • This is definitely not a character-based story. While reading it I felt that the characters were not as developed as the events that were happening around them. As someone who enjoys a lot character based stories and well-rounded developed characters I didn't find myself as attached to them as I would have liked. • Considering the place they're in, I felt that they were all awfully trusting of one another almost immediately. (view spoiler)[When they meet for the first time, they had absolutely no reason to trust each other. In fact, why would they? Selena and Lars were being attacked by a group of bax, and yes, Taimin saved them, but what assured them that he wouldn't stab them while they slept? (hide spoiler)] I feel that it would have been more realistic if the characters took a longer time to discover each other's hidden depths. • There is a sort of pseudo romance going on between (view spoiler)[ Taimin and Selena (hide spoiler)], which in my humble opinion is absolutely unnecessary and doesn't really make sense. Not because you are a guy and a girl of about the same age means that you have to be head over heals over one another. • On a different note, I want to give Griff a special mention. He is a super cute, loyal wyvern that deserves all the love. WRITING STYLE: This threw me off so badly, even if by the time the book was ending I was more than used to it, causing me to enjoy the story more.My main criticism about it comes a lot from the famous "show don't tell" that all of us writers and readers have heard a million times. I felt like the author was telling me everything–mostly, when it comes to how the characters were feeling. I didn't have to use my brain once in the book, I just waited for him to tell me what would happen, cause I knew that he eventually would. THINGS THAT CALLED MY ATTENTION/THINGS THAT I LIKED: • The concept of the mystics is so interesting! Basically, mystics are people from all species, that have the ability to farcast. This means that with their mind, they can look beyond their bodies, explore terrains that are far away, communicate with other mystics, sense the presence of people that are far away. (view spoiler)[Selena is a mystic, a very powerful one in fact. (hide spoiler)] Mystics because of their power are feared, traded, and wanted–and they can come with different levels of power. Though, I thought the idea would have been better if there weren't so many mystics (it got to a point where at times I said out loud "this one is a mystic too?") • I really enjoyed the concept of the White City as a whole. I love quests, so when I found they were going on a journey to the White City I was legitimately looking forward to it. • I liked how the author humanized the creatures. He could have easily made them stereotypical bloodthirsty species, but he didn't. • The book had a good pacing, mostly taking into account the setting, and things were constantly happening, keeping my attention.• There were a few plot twists that I didn't see coming at all. Though, this could be because I was actively just reading and not trying to guess what might happen. THINGS THAT I DISLIKED: • The growing and unnecessary romance• How easily the characters trusted each other even though they had no reason to do so. • I just feel that sometimes everything was a bit too convenient. Particularly by the end. (view spoiler)[This is just a feeling, but I think their revolution in the White City came too easy to them. Suddenly out of nowhere, after years of fear, everyone decides to rebel and everything is done in a few hours. Every single member of the human guard is killed by a bunch of people who had never fought in their entire lives. When the leader of the bax and his army, who were about to storm into the city, finally arrived, they speak three words with Taimin and a random lady named Elsa and suddenly there is peace. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to this book almost completely on Audible. I did take a break and read a couple of chapters of the Kindle version, but for the most part I listened. After I finished, I sat for a few minutes and tried to figure out what my feelings were about this book. I have to admit that I had just come off of a high from reading an excellent book, a book that completely pulled at all of my emotions, so maybe that was the problem. But, when it came right down to it, I realized that that was the iss I listened to this book almost completely on Audible. I did take a break and read a couple of chapters of the Kindle version, but for the most part I listened. After I finished, I sat for a few minutes and tried to figure out what my feelings were about this book. I have to admit that I had just come off of a high from reading an excellent book, a book that completely pulled at all of my emotions, so maybe that was the problem. But, when it came right down to it, I realized that that was the issue. There weren't any emotions from me. This was a nice story that read like, well, like a story. I love it when I am pulled into a story, when I am so lost in the story that it feels like you are right there with each of the characters. This was not one of those books for me. It started off extremely slow and there is not really any connection to the MC. You are given a description of his life, his training, very to the point. Taiman was very flat and one dimensional at the early stages of this book. In fact, all of the relationships between the main characters kinda fell flat to me. All in all, it read as a "nice" story. The thing I enjoyed the most was Taiman's relationship with Grif. In fact, I think Grif was my favorite character.As the story progresses, I think the author delves a little deeper and we get to see some major growth with Taiman, actually, most of the main MC's begin to show character development. Still though, it is very to the point. I felt like this was a great outline of a story. What it was missing was the details and emotion that flesh out a complete story. It felt like the story got stronger in the last 25% of the book and it had a complete HEA. Yet, with that being said, everything was just a little bit "too" perfect for the ending. And then the events that led to the set up of book 2? Ummm, definitely pushing it.All in all, it was a nice listen. This was my first time listening to this author. I went and looked and I've only come across him once before. It was a DNF for me, but in my review I thought I might try it again at another time...and I guess I did. Book 2 comes out in a couple of months. At this point, I'm not sure if I'll give it a go or not. We will have to wait and see..
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    In the interest of full disclosure, I want to state that I receive a free advanced copy of this Amazon Prime Reading. I wanted to like this novel more than I did; the bones of a really great story are there, it is just missing (for me) the meat. The pacing of the story deterred from my enjoyment. There were times when Mr. Maxwell takes great care to explain what is happening and other times where events are rushed, to say nothing time jumps explained by “after a few days/weeks”. While, the world In the interest of full disclosure, I want to state that I receive a free advanced copy of this Amazon Prime Reading. I wanted to like this novel more than I did; the bones of a really great story are there, it is just missing (for me) the meat. The pacing of the story deterred from my enjoyment. There were times when Mr. Maxwell takes great care to explain what is happening and other times where events are rushed, to say nothing time jumps explained by “after a few days/weeks”. While, the world building was good, it made sense and followed its own rules, there was entirely too much “tell” and not enough “show.” The characters fell flat for me; I thought they were one-note, lacked nuance, and were trope heavy. As such, I did not become invested in any of them or their fate. Many of the secondary characters appeared to nothing more than a plot device to get Selena and Taimin from point A to Point B.(view spoiler)[ The pattern of run from danger, meet someone who has useful information, think you’re safe only to find out you’re not, and run again became tiresome. While I understand the importance of meeting the various races that live in this world, I would have like a little variety in the interactions. Really? How many times can the same group of people be taken captive? Additionally, I felt that the lessons of there are good/bad in every race and things are not as they seem were forced into the story; they might have been more successful if not handled in such a ham-fisted way. (hide spoiler)]In short, great idea that was executed poorly.
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  • O
    January 1, 1970
    This book should have everything I want, but I found myself oddly disappointed in it. It wasn't until about 80% through the novel that I realized why - everything is serviceable, but nothing excels. The characters all have backgrounds and motivations that inform their actions. The plot makes sense, and the villains get their due. There's a mystery about the world itself, which is something I always love. The problem is that the writing itself, and much of the story, lacks complexity and depth. T This book should have everything I want, but I found myself oddly disappointed in it. It wasn't until about 80% through the novel that I realized why - everything is serviceable, but nothing excels. The characters all have backgrounds and motivations that inform their actions. The plot makes sense, and the villains get their due. There's a mystery about the world itself, which is something I always love. The problem is that the writing itself, and much of the story, lacks complexity and depth. The characters are ... complete enough, I suppose, but at the end of the day, they are relatively simple. So is the plot. One of the things that people underestimate the importance of writing is pacing, and the pacing in this is EXACTLY the same at all times. There is no rising and falling in the writing itself, in both a larger sense and in a paragraph by paragraph (or even sentence to sentence) way. All of the sentences are constructed very simply, but instead of that drawing you into the story, it forces you to slow down with it. The same problem exists in how characters come to realizations, and how the plot unfolds. It plods along instead of sweeping you away. Even though the story itself is technically well-constructed, the whole thing falls flat. Writing technique matters. You can't just do everything okay-to-decent and expect the result to be anything but mediocre, and that's what this book is.
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  • Adam Richard
    January 1, 1970
    There are some really great, exciting moments in this book. The action scenes are really pacey and well-told, but there is a lot of guff in between that feels like the same thing being said three times. Any time the subjective third person narrative followed anybody but the two main characters, I felt like I was being patronised, like I couldn't infer the thoughts and behaviours of the ancillary characters from their actions as seen through the eyes of the main pair, and needed them spelled out There are some really great, exciting moments in this book. The action scenes are really pacey and well-told, but there is a lot of guff in between that feels like the same thing being said three times. Any time the subjective third person narrative followed anybody but the two main characters, I felt like I was being patronised, like I couldn't infer the thoughts and behaviours of the ancillary characters from their actions as seen through the eyes of the main pair, and needed them spelled out to me. I didn't. It was clear what was happening, and why, calling attention to it just felt like needless padding. Also, once the story hits a fulcrum of consequence, there appears to be no other way the story will resolve itself, and anything that does not happen as expected feels very much shoehorned in. I was fine with the stupid coincidences, and in fact enjoyed many of them, but they were all over-explained, as if to justify their existence. Look, it's not an awful book, but it's hardly treading any new ground. It's a mildly diverting adventure novel, with a healthy nod to the Burroughs Mars books.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this book. I have a broken foot from a very early childhood injury. I wanted to sympathize with the injured warrior but his fighting abilities with a mangled foot are pretty much magic. I broke 3 of the metatarsals in my left foot, the bones all healed straight, and I had corrective surgery as an older child. My foot looks normal unless you got close enough to see the old surgery scar and the slight lump running along the top. Let’s just say it doesn’t feel awesome... I just cou I wanted to like this book. I have a broken foot from a very early childhood injury. I wanted to sympathize with the injured warrior but his fighting abilities with a mangled foot are pretty much magic. I broke 3 of the metatarsals in my left foot, the bones all healed straight, and I had corrective surgery as an older child. My foot looks normal unless you got close enough to see the old surgery scar and the slight lump running along the top. Let’s just say it doesn’t feel awesome... I just couldn’t quite buy that a character whose foot was mangled far far worse than mine, who had the crudest treatment at best, would or could become a great warrior. You just don’t move that fast when your leg might randomly go out from under you. At least he never needs to worry about cold weather aches I guess.Aside from that the writing is adequate adventure story writing but it does very much tell you and not show you. It’s a pretty straight forward writing style. It’s not awful, it’s just not good. I was disappointed because it sounded like fun and the world does seem interesting.
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  • hCharles Obert
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first time I read a book by Maxwell....I was looking for something with a post apocalyptic feel to read while on the CV-19 lock down (OK I never told you I was smart) and certainly found it. It was entertaining to see the same racist rhetoric the "Protector" used to create a diversion rather than face the problem and look for an intelligent solution. "he whipped up hatred. He pointed out all the things that made the other races different, and scorned any talk of similarities. Bax wer This is the first time I read a book by Maxwell....I was looking for something with a post apocalyptic feel to read while on the CV-19 lock down (OK I never told you I was smart) and certainly found it. It was entertaining to see the same racist rhetoric the "Protector" used to create a diversion rather than face the problem and look for an intelligent solution. "he whipped up hatred. He pointed out all the things that made the other races different, and scorned any talk of similarities. Bax were ugly and murderous, skalen cold and slippery, trulls monstrous, and mantoreans scuttling vermin. At public gatherings, he spoke to his citizens’ emotions"My note was "how trumpian"I am a student of Anthropology and constantly looking for threads of the brade that help to explain the human nature.Maxwell found a fist full as far as I am concerned.I haven't pre-ordered the next in the series yet because with our government here to help I don't want to tempt fate ;-)
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  • Gary Clark
    January 1, 1970
    On start for a trilogyThis book was an okay start for a trilogy, it can stand on its own though. It's a different kind of fantasy, where wooden swords are used and only a select few carried metal swords. This book is about a character that sees his family and their homestead get destroyed and his revenge and along the way he meets a girl, loses the girl, finds the girl, with some other stuff thrown in: a magnificent city, an evil leader, a possible war, and so forth. This book kind of plays out On start for a trilogyThis book was an okay start for a trilogy, it can stand on its own though. It's a different kind of fantasy, where wooden swords are used and only a select few carried metal swords. This book is about a character that sees his family and their homestead get destroyed and his revenge and along the way he meets a girl, loses the girl, finds the girl, with some other stuff thrown in: a magnificent city, an evil leader, a possible war, and so forth. This book kind of plays out like a role playing game. It kept my attention to a point, I read it to see what happened next.There is a second book, that you can pre-order, coming out in July, not sure if I'll read it though as I said above, this book can stand on its own.Do I recommend this book? Go ahead give it a shot, maybe you'll like it, maybe not, and as always good reading.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Reasonably Engaging Sci-Fi FantasyI was pleased to see a book in this genre offered this month on First Reads. Although I can't claim that the plot premise was unique, I will say that I enjoyed it. There were enough Fantasy creatures to entertain without being overwhelming. There was also a "Mad Max" vibe to the environment to satisfy Science Fiction Fans. The main characters were appealing, although I would have preferred a little more depth to the Heroine.The story flowed smoothly enough that Reasonably Engaging Sci-Fi FantasyI was pleased to see a book in this genre offered this month on First Reads. Although I can't claim that the plot premise was unique, I will say that I enjoyed it. There were enough Fantasy creatures to entertain without being overwhelming. There was also a "Mad Max" vibe to the environment to satisfy Science Fiction Fans. The main characters were appealing, although I would have preferred a little more depth to the Heroine.The story flowed smoothly enough that I read it straight through to the end. And although it wasn't the end (note that the title calls it a Trilogy) it did leave the story in a good place to proceed to the second installment.I will probably continue the series. 3-3/4 Stars for me.
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  • Larry Coppock
    January 1, 1970
    Well Written Exciting Fantasy AdventureThis first book has lit a fire. The world put forth for this tale has everything a fantasy fan would want in an adventure. The author has provided that land with a myriad of fascinating races seemingly at odd with themselves and any humans in the area. Of course there’s a villain that eventually surfaces while the main characters strive for survival. And strive they do since the main character is a young boy that matures into an adventurer after the only li Well Written Exciting Fantasy AdventureThis first book has lit a fire. The world put forth for this tale has everything a fantasy fan would want in an adventure. The author has provided that land with a myriad of fascinating races seemingly at odd with themselves and any humans in the area. Of course there’s a villain that eventually surfaces while the main characters strive for survival. And strive they do since the main character is a young boy that matures into an adventurer after the only living person he knows is killed. No schmooz, just straight story telling and very enjoyable. I can’t wait for book 2 and highly recommend this starting volume of a trilogy.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the world and charactersThe world-building in this story is top-notch. It’s a desert world, hot and dry, with a firewall around it caused by twin suns that have scorched the earth beyond the small, inhabitable strip of land where our characters live and fight to survive. There are several races of intelligent people, plus assorted critters whose sole purpose seems to be killing people. I enjoyed the world, and the characters seemed likeable, even crusty Lars. I know this is part of a trilo Loved the world and charactersThe world-building in this story is top-notch. It’s a desert world, hot and dry, with a firewall around it caused by twin suns that have scorched the earth beyond the small, inhabitable strip of land where our characters live and fight to survive. There are several races of intelligent people, plus assorted critters whose sole purpose seems to be killing people. I enjoyed the world, and the characters seemed likeable, even crusty Lars. I know this is part of a trilogy, but I feel like I could stop here and be happy with this story by itself. But, my curiosity is piqued, so I just might crack open book 2, just to see if it can stack up.
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  • Domi
    January 1, 1970
    James Maxwell delivered a good book that kept me intrigued and reading for longer than I should have. The world building is solid, characters and different races are interesting to read about. For me the issue with the writing style wasn't as bad as people made it out to be, it's an easy to read book with good action, nice plot and an ending that leads to a sequel. A sequel I will want to pick up to see what happens next. For anyone that likes a story about an underdog becoming champion set in a James Maxwell delivered a good book that kept me intrigued and reading for longer than I should have. The world building is solid, characters and different races are interesting to read about. For me the issue with the writing style wasn't as bad as people made it out to be, it's an easy to read book with good action, nice plot and an ending that leads to a sequel. A sequel I will want to pick up to see what happens next. For anyone that likes a story about an underdog becoming champion set in an interesting world and with a lot of action this is a book to add to your reading list. *** An ARC was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ***
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this up - maybe a free Kindle read - because the author is from New Zealand. Taiman is a Wastelander. He lives in a harsh world full of dangers. Orphaned as a young boy, raised by his aunt, he learns what he needs to survive the Wasteland, but can he survive the White City?I enjoyed the story. It has some strong characters, and a pretty good story. It could have used a bit more editing, as the transitions could be abrupt and some of the elements needed a little more development. I will I picked this up - maybe a free Kindle read - because the author is from New Zealand. Taiman is a Wastelander. He lives in a harsh world full of dangers. Orphaned as a young boy, raised by his aunt, he learns what he needs to survive the Wasteland, but can he survive the White City?I enjoyed the story. It has some strong characters, and a pretty good story. It could have used a bit more editing, as the transitions could be abrupt and some of the elements needed a little more development. I will probably read the next in the series.
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  • Luanne Chittenden
    January 1, 1970
    I had trouble putting this book down and am impatient to read the next story in the trilogy. It's a good balance between a finished story and a cliffhanger, meeting both criteria in my opinion. There was enough detail to be realistic without being overly gory in the violent parts, making it a book I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to a bright 10 year old. There isn't any sex happening in this first book of the trilogy either, but these days 10 year olds probably already know more than would be wr I had trouble putting this book down and am impatient to read the next story in the trilogy. It's a good balance between a finished story and a cliffhanger, meeting both criteria in my opinion. There was enough detail to be realistic without being overly gory in the violent parts, making it a book I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to a bright 10 year old. There isn't any sex happening in this first book of the trilogy either, but these days 10 year olds probably already know more than would be written by this author anyway. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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  • V.L. Stuart
    January 1, 1970
    This is a well-crafted coming-of-age story. Taimin, watches his parents get killed by raiders and is injured himself. The world is a harsh place and his Aunt Abi doubts the ability of a cripple to survive. Still, she leaves the decision to him and he makes his way from a place of death back to their home. She is a skilled fighter, a survivor, and teaches him how to use the weapons they have to great efficiency. When she is killed, he sets out to find the white city.This is a good tale, skillfull This is a well-crafted coming-of-age story. Taimin, watches his parents get killed by raiders and is injured himself. The world is a harsh place and his Aunt Abi doubts the ability of a cripple to survive. Still, she leaves the decision to him and he makes his way from a place of death back to their home. She is a skilled fighter, a survivor, and teaches him how to use the weapons they have to great efficiency. When she is killed, he sets out to find the white city.This is a good tale, skillfully told. Definitely a "good read."
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  • Andrew Bernoth
    January 1, 1970
    Great readTaiman’s life was changed in an instant leaving him orphaned and crippled. His aunt forced him to choose and he chose life and survival. Travelling to his dream to find he had to fight for his life on a regular basis. While all this happens he might find love. Not usually a huge fan of fantasy this book has a captivating plot and action to maintain my interest. Two thumbs up!
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  • Charles Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    A Story Which Is Equal Parts _Wizard of Oz_, _Dune_, and Any Harlequin RomanceA crippled warrior, a cursed mystic, an aged hunter, and their "little dog too" (well, it's a horse-sized, immature, wyvern-like creature) set out to find the fabled paradise city of Zorn. Life is cruel and unfair in the wastelands inside the Firewall, so, naturally they never find it; but they give it their best and learn important, life changing lessons on their journeys.
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