Review of Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1: The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can I say about this book? This is the second time I’ve read the novel and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time.

Mr. Riordan does a fantastic job of both storytelling, creating characters that are both believable and enjoyable to be around. I’m not a big person for first person narrative but this book does such a fantastic job of creating a character with a voice that is both unique yet enjoyable.

The story is great. The characters are terrific. I would recommend this story to anyone old enough to understand the words. It’s great for children and adults alike.

There is humor. There is action. This story has everything you could want for a quick read.

Not much else for me to say. If you have seen the movies, forget them. The book is a whole lot better.

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New Story Release and Novel Update

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to give a quick shout out and let everyone know the great news. Today saw the release of my newest short story, Without A Ticket. This is the first of four short stories that will be released over the next four months. They all revolve around the same theme and are prequels to an upcoming novel that I will write possibly later this summer or fall. All four stories will also be collected in an anthology to be released this fall.

Further news allows me to report on the current status of my Traveling Merchant story called "The Price of Solitude". I finished drafting the novel last week and am currently working through the first round of edits. The story should be out to beta readers as early as this coming weekend. After that process, it will go through another round of edits and then into the production stages.

For this novel, I am looking to work with a professional artist who will be doing concept art for the characters and possibly the world that this story is set in. As those come along I am looking forward to sharing the results with you and excited to get my character Merchant out in both story and visual mediums.

It's an exciting time right now, and I'm seeing many great things coming out for the second half of 2017.

Thanks,

Roh

Review of Grayshade

Grayshade (The Gray Assassin, #1)Grayshade by Gregory A. Wilson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I picked up Grayshade on release day because I love the things that the Ed Greenwood Group is doing with shared worlds and bringing together hundreds of creatives to create story settings with limitless possibilities.

Grayshade is the second book released under the StormTalons setting and the first of the Gray Assassin Trilogy.

Reading this book was both a joy and a miss-fit for my tastes. Following along as I read let me stay within the StormTalon story world and help create a broader picture of the setting that these writers are creating. The story itself though just did not resonate with me.

Grayshade itself is a story about what in fantasy is called the assassin with a conscience. As the story description goes, we follow our protagonist through a complete mission where the first seedlings that something is amiss in the organization are first planted. From there, the road is slippery and followed my several situations which make the life of Grayshade worse at every turn.

The things that make this fall flat for me is that it is in First Person narrative. I’m not a big fan of First Person because to me it removes a lot of tension. In every story with this type of narration, I never feel like anything is going to happen to the character. How could it? They are telling me the story, aren’t they? This leaves the author’s job on make me care about all those around the character which I know nothing will happen to because the only danger/tension lays with them. With Grayshade I just never connected with any of the characters.

Second, comes from my taste in fantasy. I’m a big “Grim-Dark” fan where things tend to get bloody and violent pretty quickly. There is violence in this book, but for an assassin book, it seems pretty low key. I read StormTalons book #1 from Ed Greenwood and found a tale full of grit and fantastical magic used for all types of violence. Not so much with this story. The protagonist is relatively non-violent though it gives tidbits of back story that lets you know he is capable of incredible feats of violence. Too bad it didn’t happen on the pages I was reading.

Grayshade, looking at it as an addition to StormTalons, fits in nicely. Gives some more information on the way religions and city states work within the world. As a book for my taste, it just didn’t work.

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