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Monday, October 17, 2011

Review - Erich’s Plea By Tracey Alley

erichs pleaTitle: Erich’s Plea

Author: Tracey Alley

Publisher: Amazon

Buy Link: Buy Erich’s Plea Here!

Rating: You Want to Read

Reviewed By: Janelle

Blurb:

The Kingdoms of Kaynos have been at peace for nearly a thousand years. Now the ambitions of a dark sorceress armed with a new, deadly type of magic called witchcraft threaten to tear the Kingdoms to pieces.

Locked deep in the bowels of Zeaburg's infamous, horror-filled subterranean prison the young druid Slade is haunted by a strange, recurring dream. A dream in which his beloved father, High King Erich of Vestland, pleads for Slade's help.

Convinced of the dreams truth Slade must somehow attempt the impossible and escape the inescapable Zeaburg prison in order to find and save his father.

Gathering an unlikely assortment of allies along the way Slade must not only find a way out of Zeaburg prison but must also find a way to prevent what threatens to be the bloodiest, most brutal war in the history of all the Kingdoms of Kaynos.

Will an unimaginable alliance, an unlikely friendship and a forbidden love be enough to save the Kingdoms of Kaynos?

Review:

This story is unremarkable to the point of being almost painfully average. It reads more like a D&D fanfiction than an original work. The main character is a duel katana wielding, prince, mercenary, druid high priest, and he is just as Sue-ish as he sounds. The other characters are one note, off-the-shelf stock characters that contribute little to the overall story.

One of the biggest problems with this story is the omniscient narrator, who frequently pops into different characters’ heads so the reader knows exactly how everyone is feeling and what they are thinking, at any given moment. It easily ruins any twists the story might take. Furthermore, the narrator feels the need to give whole chapters of exposition from characters we never see again. Deep, motivated characters are good, so long as they don’t get in the way of the plot.

Overall, I give this one a resounding “meh.”

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