Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Book Review for Venom and Song

Recently Booksneeze sent me a book called Venom and Song, which is the second book in the Berinfell Prophecies series. The book was written by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. I did struggle with this book, and it took me longer to finish it than I would have liked.

This book is a typical sci-fi fantasy book. The tales of the underworld are told in the vein of other great books like Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Chronicles of Narnia. The idea of the story line for this book is wonderful. It should have been a fabulous tale of seven different teenagers from a totally different world gifted with super human powers that could save the entire “Elvin” world from the Evil Spider King.
The beginning of the book was full of tedious details that one must learn in order to understand the story. I would have preferred to learn these details through crafty story lines. Unfortunately I was reading a history lesson instead of being intrigued by a wondrous page turning tale. It was like listening to a person go on and on telling me the mind numbing details of their day. It becomes so long and filled with superfluous information that you start to drift off in a day dream. One should not have to struggle to pay attention to a book.
There was a portion of the book where the seven lords must complete a strict and vigorous training. They were given rules to complete one portion of the training and one of those strict rules was for one lord to only speak the words “yes” or “no”, the writer forgot to follow their own written rules and soon the lord was using words other than the two he was allowed to speak.
The ending of the book seemed rushed. I found that too much story was being crushed into a small amount of space as if the writer also was becoming bored with the story and just wanted to get it over with.
This would have been a much better book if more time had been spent telling the tale, the book would have had to have been twice as thick, but when a story is easy and fun to read I don’t care how heavy the book is. If I had not agreed to read the book and write a review for it I don’t think I would have ever finished the book. I also don’t think I would have ever purchased it. When I am looking to buy a book I read the first few pages of it, If I am hooked and my interest is peaked then I purchased the book.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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