The First Ten Feedback for End of the Last Great Kingdom: (The Brimstone Chronicles Book 1)
Because End of the Last Great Kingdom was Book of the Day, some of our most trusted reviewers have carefully looked over the cover, the description, and other aspects of this book. The reviewers even read at least the first 10 pages of the book. They have each written a short review explaining why they plan to read the whole book or not based on the sample they read and other aspects of the book. Their feedback is displayed below. We call this awesome feature The First Ten.
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The summary blurb gives a clear explanation of the plot, but there is one error - the phrase should be "has not awakened" instead of "has not awaken." Although the sample pages are technically well written, I found it hard to get into the story. The writing is slow paced and there is hardly any dialogue to break up the narrative. Based on the sample and my reading tastes, I am not too interested in reading further.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 10:47 am by bookowlie.
I probably would have sampled the book on my own, as I love Fantasy. I love the cover! The blurb is fine, but the OBC review was the one that had me hooked. The introduction was a bit draggy to read. The first chapters were more engaging, but there was a lot of telling rather than showing. I won't read the book as the sample didn't really grab me enough to want to continue to read it, nor did I care for the writing style. The similarity to another series, Harry Potter, was another turn-off.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 11:34 am by gali.
A historical fiction that is interesting to read, but the violence in first chapter put me off from reading the book completely. Anyways, thanks for the reference.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 12:40 pm by va2016.
This novel has a very intriguing cover and title. It is definitely one that I would have picked up on my own. The sample I read was interesting and captivating, as was the Official OnlineBookClub review. This added to my desire to read this book. There were no errors that jumped out in my reading, although it was mentioned in the review that there are minor errors throughout the novel. I do plan to buy this book to eventually read.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 1:33 pm by Christina Rose.
I really like the cover of this book. And based on the blurb and the OBC review this definitely sounds like something I would love to read. I love the dark fantasy element and the fact this is like a mixture of two of my favorite genres. After reading the blurb, I was hooked. I would love to continue reading this another day. I unfortunately don't have time to do so now but I would love to in the future.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 1:59 pm by CrescentMoon.
Based on the cover this isn't a book I would read. I am not into fantasy, especially those that are part of a series. The first ten didn't change my opinion. There weren't any favorite parts aside from completing first ten! I didn't see any errors in the sample. I didn't notice an OBC review but it wouldn't have helped change my opinion.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 2:09 pm by Cjgarland89.
At first glance, I probably would not have picked this book up because I am not a fan of fantasy. The writing of this novel is enticing and well-edited. Unfortunately, this is just not my cup of tea.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 2:15 pm by Sarah_Khan.
"End of the Last Great Kingdom" is a well written fantasy novel. It's plot is full of twists and turns and mystery. Leaf is the main character of the story. After reading its review on OnlineBookClub, I decided to read the sample. There is a lot if violence in the book, due to which I am not going to read the entire book. I am not fond of reading so much violence.
I did not find any grammatical errors and spelling mistakes in the sample. Moreover, the cover of the book is very nice.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 2:32 pm by Naval Aulakh.
I would chose to sample this book before reading the ten pages because of the interesting title and book cover. The title suggests a good story and the book cover .The blurb and the editorial review would convince me that I am making the right decision in buying it.
I still feel I would buy the book after reading the ten sample pages because the book has a very good otherworldly feel of mystery and a promise of adventure and fun. There was no typo or grammar mistake I noted.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 2:58 pm by geoffrey ngoima.
The land of Sulphurium is a scene right out of my favorite movie, The Hobbit. The different races and their unique inherent abilities were quite immersive to me. I would gladly leap at the opportunity to get this book. I have also read the OnlineBookClub official review and I agree with the high rating.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 3:15 pm by juliusotinyo.
From the cover, blurb, and review of this book I thought I may have given it a chance. After reading the first ten Pages however I decided to change my mind. Although the book looks well written and edited, I get the distinct feeling that it is trying to pass on the coattails of a great number of other Series in this genre. It doesn't seem like something that I will finish by enjoying. I will not be buying and reading the rest of this book.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 3:32 pm by Scerakor.
Although I am not a fan of anime covers, I liked the fairy in this one. I am not convinced, though, that the font and the color of the title were the best choices. I read the review in the forum and it sounded like an action-packed and exciting story. I did not like, however, that the main characters are tweens and teenagers. I also read the sample pages. I liked the writing style and the beginning of the novel. My favorite part was how the author accounts the origin of the enlighten. However, I will not read this book because of the ages of the characters.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 4:28 pm by Yolimari.
I love the cover art and since I'm a sucker for pretty covers, this would have enticed me enough to want to read the sample and or description. I read the sample and it seems like a really nice fantasy about humans, elves and orcs. I liked the writing style and can say that I was intrigued enough to want to read more.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 4:36 pm by chocomeiske.
Had I not read the first ten pages as a part of this program, I probably would have chosen to read this book because I like fantasy. The book cover artwork is very good, but I think the title text could have used a different font and it doesn't look professionally done. I read the review on OnlineBookClub.org and it was favorable. I didn't find any technical or grammatical errors in the sample I read. I really like the preface and how it gave a history of the humans, elves, and orcs and how all of the other creatures came into being. After reading the sample, I would definitely continue reading this book. I very much want to know what happened to the boy and his father.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 5:29 pm by Lennycat.
After reading a sample of, End of the Last Great Kingdom by Victor Rose, I have decided that I will be purchasing this book and reading it. When I first saw the cover for this novel I was curious about it. It looks like a light fantasy novel, but once I started reading, I found it to be darker. I think that if I had not read a sample of this book, I would have put it on my to-be-read pile. I enjoy a good fantasy novel, and this book has interested me to the point of where I wish to purchase it. I like how the author gives such an engaging, and interesting introduction. Based on what I have read this book does appear to be professionally edited. This book does have an official OnlineBookClub review, and the positive review this book received makes it sound very engaging.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 5:53 pm by BunnySTx.
This is an absolutely beautiful cover page. I would definitely choose this book from the cover alone. I'm not always sure of fantasy novels, however the Onlinebookclub review completely sold it to me. The pages which I read were well written and edited. I liked the style of writing, and the description of the fantasy world wasn't confusing. I have no ideas for improvement and I would very much like to continue reading this book.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 7:40 pm by micoleon13.
The cover photo is excellent but the title font and colour were not my favorite. I'm not sure if I would have sampled this book without the first ten pages program. However, I really enjoyed the sample and the OBC overall review. This sounds like a really good story and I was drawn into it right off the bat. I did not notice any obvious typos or grammar errors in the sample. I am interested in this story and plan to read the rest of this book.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 9:29 pm by Snowflake.
Today's Book of the Day End of the Last Great Kingdom (The Brimstone Chronicles Book 1) by Victor Rose
a great fantasy read with mages, elves, dwarfs, and more was not one that I decided to buy. It could use some proof and edit work. The cover is awesome and the book would be so much better with just a bit of polish. Based on reading the preview I would not purchase the book.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 10:43 pm by Vermont Reviews.
Victor Rose made an incredible work in this story. If you were a fan of Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings, you will surely love this story. Additional ingredient of this book is a touch of the Divergent story. This book has set a strong foundation for its sequels to be worth following. The young adult will love this breath-taking story with its characters and plot.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 11:02 pm by Donnavila Marie01.
After reading the sample, I decided not to finish the book. The sample wasn't interesting enough for me. The title and book cover aren't that catchy either. While reading the sample, I didn't notice any major grammatical errors either.
First Ten review added on September 1, 2017, at 11:57 pm by ZenaLei7.
Although the cover picture of End of the Last Great Kingdom (The Brimstone Chronicles Book 1) looked interesting, the font used on the cover made the book look very dated. It was not the cover that drew me in, but the editorial review by Online Book Club. The review provided was very intriguing, but without it I would have bypassed reading the sample of this book based on the lackluster font face on the cover.
The first ten pages were intriguing enough that I want to read the whole book. The text seemed professionally edited and without error. I most enjoyed the character development that Leaf went through, and that he was a realistic and likeable character. His mage trial was intriguing. I did wish that some parts had more detail and didn't seem as rushed -- show the reader what is going on, don't just tell them.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 12:38 am by Penny Lee.
I always appreciate when we get to sample the first book in a series, so I was eager to sample this one. I don't usually choose fantasy stories and was hoping this one would be more about the characters and the story and less about the fantasy. That didn't appear to be the case. I felt like the characters were a bit of a rip-off from Lord of the Rings and nothing felt original.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 1:23 am by Shelle.
I was looking forward to reading the sample after reading the BotD review, as I like a good fantasy novel with lots of action. However, after reading the sample, I have to to agree with the reviewer that there was a lot of violence for characters so young--if the first chapter is any indication. I'm tired of so much violence.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 2:14 am by Miche Sora.
I wouldn't have chosen to sample this book on the basis of the title, genre, or cover. The first ten pages didn't change my guess as I am not reading much in the fantasy genre at the moment, so I won't buy or read the whole book at this stage. I spotted one phrase which I thought was questionable grammatically - "communicate with themselves" ("amongst themselves" would work better) - but otherwise this appears professionally edited. I liked the descriptions at the beginning of the first chapter, which gave me a vivid sense of being present in that world. I could have done without the introduction and might have preferred to have the background revealed through the story. I did see an official OnlineBookClub review.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 3:45 am by ButterscotchCherrie.
Fantasy is not a genre that I normally read. The title does not really entice me, but the cover is very appealing. I think the cover depicts youth and innocence. Having read the OBC review, however, I learnt that, while the book has young characters, the story has quite a ‘dark’ side to it. I read the first ten pages and found the story to be fast-paced, with multiple violent deaths early on. The writing was free from errors and flowed well. While this is a book I probably could continue to read, it is not one I feel I ‘must read’. I do not intend to purchase it today as, although I was enjoying the story-line, I, personally, did not like the degree of carnage involving children.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 4:49 am by jwalker73.
I would never read this book based on its cover because it is not designed well. However, the title and the summary attracted my attention since they promise a fast paced dark fantasy story.
The sample confirmed my thoughts, I'm interested in reading the rest of the book as it is well written without noticeable mistakes, but I wish there was more dialogue instead of describing what happens or what happened. This book has an official review, which is how I heard about this book and became interested.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 9:27 am by IsabelMay.
The cover of this book is ecstatic. This is the first thing that drew me towards it. The genre of this book is fantasy and introduces reader to a completely new world. I enjoyed reading the first few pages and am sure to delve more into its depths. The reviews had already painted a picture in my mind about how this book was going to be, and honestly, it is better than I thought.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 10:07 am by ReviewerDiksha.
This one certainly has an exciting beginning after you get past the introduction before the chapters start. The OBC review made it sound a grand and exciting tale. After reading the first ten pages, however, I will not be finishing the book. It's not quite my style, even though I do love magic. Nice cover as well, though the colors of the font clash a bit with the colors of the photo itself.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 11:45 am by ReadingRebecca.
What an odd reference for a book. The first ten pages sound intriguing though. There appears a lot of magic and battles going on. The work is edited and had I not read the ten pages I don't think I would have found the book purchasable alone.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 7:25 pm by Jeyran Main.
This falls on the fringe of my reading taste, so I may have looked at it. I doubt I would have sampled it, however, because of the errors and overall feel of the description put me off. Because of this I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by the first ten. I found no errors in the sample, and aside from the prologue being a bit long found it enjoyable. I may come back to this later, but for now I have too much on my plate to commit to this.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 8:11 pm by Gravy.
If I had not read the sample I would not have read the book. The text on the cover could be integrated more. Also, I did not think this was my genre. After reading the sample I have not changed my mind. There were lots of descriptions and paragraphs that I felt were a little hard to swallow. It was professionally edited. The official review did not affect my decision.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 8:53 pm by psychopathycathy.
Judging this book from the title and cover, I didn't think it would be my type of book. I read the OBC review and became intrigued by the description of the book. I read the sample and became immediately interested. The plot was fast-moving and the characters were colorful. I think I'll have to read this after all.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 9:17 pm by Momlovesbooks.
I am currently reviewing the book because I love fantasy stories. This is a book that I would read outside of sampling it for this program.I love books like these and what I have read so far was exciting. I will definitely finish reading it.There have been no grammatical errors so far. I love the writimg style and the imagery. It makes me feel as if I am in thr story.I have read a few reviews which were all glowing. This made me want to read the book even more.
First Ten review added on September 2, 2017, at 11:21 pm by Londera.
I would not have sampled this book without this program. The genre isn't for me, and the OBC review didn't really interest me. Also, the Amazon blurb was poorly edited. After reading the first ten pages, I won't be purchasing this book. The content just isn't for me. It was talking about royals and slaves and traders, and I just couldn't get into it. It did seem to be professionally edited. It just isn't the book for me.
First Ten review added on September 3, 2017, at 1:18 am by anneloretrujillo.
This is book in the fantasy genre. This is the first book in the Brimstone Chronicles series. As fantasy books go, this one is not that unusual and starts off with the trials faced by the main character to become mage, followed by my political intrigue. There is nothing very out-of-the ordinary about this one, except that this is slightly darker than other books with similar storyline. The description and review were on point on what to expect from this book. The book seems to be edited properly. Though the book is fast paced, I did not find it fascinating enough to engage my interest throughout the length of the book. Hence, I'll skip this one.
First Ten review added on September 3, 2017, at 1:37 am by ananya92.
When I see the cover, I think that I am going to be reading this book because the cover makes it seem like it's a fantasy novel. I will be reading this book because the first ten pages was very mysterious. It gave the reader this vibe that was scary and you wouldn't know what was going to happen next. It seems professionally edited. I did not see a review, and I don't think that would've affected my decision.
First Ten review added on September 3, 2017, at 3:21 am by jungkookblog.
I like the title and the cover. The blurb is sufficient and reviews are positive. However, I'm not normally a fan of the genre. I may have sampled this book without this program. It appears to be professionally edited. The OnlineBookClub reviewer enjoyed the book, but I feel like it's probably not for me from the description. After reading the first ten pages, I won't be reading the rest.
First Ten review added on September 3, 2017, at 4:23 am by Kitkat3.
I was immediately interested in "End of the Last Great Kingdom" after reading the OBC review. I'm a fan of fantasy saga type series. That being said, I still wouldn't have purchased this book without sampling the beginning just to see what the author's writing style was like. After sampling the beginning, I was intrigued by the premise and the writing. I was hooked from the very beginning. I plan to purchase and continue reading this one!
First Ten review added on September 3, 2017, at 8:11 am by MarisaRose.
Based on the book blurb, I don't think I would read this book. While I enjoy high fantasy, the last sentence about all the death that occurs in this book just isn't for me.
The first chapter, the Introduction, reminds me a lot of Tolkien. You have humans, elves, and orcs - it doesn't get more Hobbit-y than that! I sort of felt like the beginning was rushed, it felt as if the author just wanted to get into the meat of what the story would be about. I didn't note any grammatical or spelling errors, but I found the rushed prose difficult to read and digest. So, I would probably not read this book.
First Ten review added on September 3, 2017, at 8:35 am by DDunstock.
The magical creature is beautiful and the title is fine. Dark fantasy is not a genre I always favor. Especially, when the OBC reviewer mentions all the violence and abuse that happens just doesn't interest me. In general, I would not have sampled this book without this program. Based on what I read, the book does seem to be professionally edited. The introduction was kind of bland for me and it was hard for me to get into the story. Honestly, Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire are my ultimate top reads (and re-reads) and I find it difficult to believe that there is a read that could top either one. This is off-putting, and therefore, I do not plan on purchasing this read.
First Ten review added on September 3, 2017, at 9:32 am by hsimone.
The title intrigued me and the cover drew me in because I like fairies. The summary made me more interested in the world the novel is set in. I may have read the sample without this program. I appreciated the beginning of the sample: taking time to explain the world and the races rather than leaving the reader to figure things out later just by context. I was pulled in to the tale of the races, the war, the legend of Crimson. I definitely want to read more as I enjoyed the pacing, the prose, and saw no errors.
First Ten review added on December 4, 2017, at 9:54 am by Christina O Phillips.
Because I don't read much fantasy, I would not have picked this book based on the title/cover. The blurb on Amazon was slightly confusing due to several grammatical errors ("whose with magic" and "not awaken his powers yet"). I did appreciate the way "End of the Last Great Kingdom" started off with the history of Sulphurium. Fantasy often turns me off due to long lists of names and confusing worlds, so this backstory helped me understand what was to come. Also, despite the Amazon review, I didn't notice significant grammatical errors in the sample. I still don't think I will finish this book. I just don't read fantasy unless the story really grips me, and although this sample was not unpleasant I didn't find it riveting.
First Ten review added on December 4, 2017, at 5:06 pm by Ashley Simon.
Had I not actually sampled the first ten pages as part of this program, I would not have chosen to read or sample this book based on the genre.
I am not going to buy and read the whole book because the genre.
Based on what I read, the book seems like it was professionally edited. I didn't notice typo or grammar errors.
What I like the most in the bit I read is the prologue and the cover art.
What could be improved is to reduce the number of fonts to one or two.
The book has an Official OnlineBookClub review that I saw.
First Ten review added on December 4, 2017, at 6:26 pm by Izesicle.
I would've chosen to sample this book, apart from First Ten, due to the intriguing cover - I'm fond of fantasy books. I will not be finishing the End of the Last Great Kingdom due to one of the official OBC reviews I read, and because this book is a dark fantasy. Generally, I go for lighter fantasy reads, so violence and content of that sort doesn't appeal to me. The review I read mentioned that there would be a few descriptions of violence and allusions to sexual encounters. For that reason, I'll pass on this novel.
Based on what I read, this novel seemed professionally edited. I saw no errors, and the story flowed along nicely.
First Ten review added on December 4, 2017, at 9:57 pm by ladycraic.
Based on cover, title, and genre I would have sampled the book. That's because I am a fan of the genre, and the cover and title appeal to me as a reader. After reading the official review, and then the sample of the book.I felt like I wanted to keep reading; the introduction was nice and the storyline held my interest. Those are the reasons why I will be reading the rest of the book. I liked that the pages I read were well-written. I also did not encounter any errors or typos.
First Ten review added on December 4, 2017, at 10:34 pm by ritah.
I believe this was a book of the day before. I wanted to read it then, and I'd like to read it now. The cover is beautiful. The title is intriguing. All the reviews are promising, including the OBC review. I love how the author includes a bit of history for readers to understand the premise. I think that would also make an awesome book. I didn't see any editorial errors. I'd love to read the rest of the book.
First Ten review added on December 5, 2017, at 12:23 am by Afuglsan.
While I wasn't that impressed with the cover, I did like the title, so I was a little interested. The synopsis neither raised nor lowered my level of interest, but the review did make me more curious. Having read the sample now, I am somewhat curious about Leaf/Brimstone's continuing adventures, but I'm still not quite fully sold... I was glad to see that the book seems to be properly edited, which was a plus. I also enjoyed each of the chapters I read, especially Leaf's introduction and trial by duel, but I'm confused about how they all tie in together... While I won't finish reading this within the next few months, there is a chance I'll read it in the future. For now, however, I'll select "no".
First Ten review added on December 5, 2017, at 12:29 am by MsTri.
I absolutely loved the sample. I've been intending to read this book, the attraction based on the cover and the raving reviews I've seen. I must say, I wasn't disappointed. The writing style was so smooth and enjoyable. I didn't see any typos but there seems to be a little bit of conflict in certain descriptions. For example, before the trials, we are told that contestants take off all their clothes to ensure absence of non-magical tools being introduced, but the story went on to say that Leaf's hair and 'clothes' were thoroughly burnt during his encounter. In addition, it is said that after completing a trial, the contestant reveals his mage name; never to return to the old one, but even after the name Brimstone was introduced, Leaf was still being mentioned, not as a reference point, but as an identity. I also happened upon a case of a missing comma. I think those are the aspects that need improvement. Nevertheless, I'm still thinking about this story and I'm intent on concluding it. The OBC review also stimulated my interest but the main clincher for me was just that cover art.
First Ten review added on December 5, 2017, at 5:12 am by Vickie Noel.
Dark fantasy novels such as this one are not usually where I turn to when looking for something to read. Although I have came across a few that I have really enjoyed, I find myself more interested in novels that could be possible. With the beginning of the book starting out with a tale of how the world was shaped, I was interested. That is, until there was mention of elves and orcs. I found three reviews for the book, all of which were sprouting with praise for the well-developed story. I probably would not have chosen to read this book before reading the sample, and the sample I did read didn't change my mind. Fortunately, I didn't come across any errors during the sample, so the author gets props for that!
First Ten review added on December 5, 2017, at 8:47 am by klbradley.
Today's featured book's title and the cover gives it away as a fantasy novel. Still, I had to read the OBC review to understand more about its premise. From the review, it comes out as a tale of an epic adventure rooted in the very beginning of time. On this basis, it's a book I would read or sample. In the first few chapters of the book, the author took his time to build a basis for his plot. From the dawning of time, he describes the emergence of the different races - the humans, the elves, and the orcs; and their various offsprings, notably the enlighten, on whom the story of the novel is based. The story conforms to my first impression upon reading the review. However, I wouldn't buy and read the book at the moment because of my busy reading schedule. The book seems to be professionally edited. I didn't come across any typos or grammar errors. In conclusion, I liked reading on the modest beginnings of the main character, Leaf. Through a belief in himself, he managed to conquer his fear during a coming-of-age duel and forever changed his destiny. Through courage, he moved from a someone who did not belong (Leaf) to Brimstone, a name steeped in strength and power.
First Ten review added on December 5, 2017, at 9:16 am by Quinto.
Had I not sampled the first ten pages as part of this program, I don't think I would have chosen to read this book. I love fictional books, but not ones about elves and orcs. I have read something similar to this and it just doesn't interest me. The cover is breathtakingly beautiful. The title is nice as well. I'm not going to be buying and reading the whole book because I don't think I will enjoy it. Based on what I read, the book seems like it was professionally edited. The thing I liked most about the bit I read was how we get insight as to how the three races in the book came to be. I don't see anything that needs improvement.
First Ten review added on December 5, 2017, at 9:32 am by vaz222.
This book’s title made me curious. It sounded like fantasy. The description made me hesitate, as it seemed to contain many fantasy tropes I’m a bit tired of. Before sampling, I was thinking about reading. After sampling, I’ll pass. The book appears professionally edited. I noticed no errors. The introduction didn’t hook my attention. It sounded too much like The Lord of the Rings, with the talk of the races and their strengths. It also felt like a large and kind of unnecessary information dump, as I suspect the information conveyed there is repeated at other points in the book. When I got to chapter 1, the action started, but I still didn’t get hooked. None of the characters are assigned names, which made it difficult for me to connect with them. Furthermore, being dropped right into a desperate situation didn’t allow me to feel sympathy for the characters. A father and son are willing to pay a lot of money to escape the city. A driver talks them into paying more, and the speedy, unsafe ride begins. Being able to identify the characters and understand why they are doing what they are doing would have helped me feel more connected. The OnlineBookClub.org review said many good things, but I’m not interested in reading this book.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 10:21 am by desantismt_17.
Not being a great fan of fantasy novels, I doubt very much I would have taken the time to pick up this book, let alone read it. I'm so glad that I did, though. I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting the author makes the story, from giving us the background to the different types of creatures in Sulphurium, and then going on to introduce Richard, who will clearly become important later on in the story. I liked the way the author sets the scene in the first chapter and engages the reader with his description of life in the pen. The cover design is whimsical and magical, a beautiful illustration indeed, and this makes the book very attractive. I found no noticeable errors in the sample which is proof of sound editing. The only thing I would suggest changing would be the text font on the cover. I feel this may not be the best choice of colour or typeface to compliment the story within. From the reader reviews, it is evident that fans of this genre have been absolutely thrilled with this book, and I must say how much I enjoyed the sample myself. However, I don't think I have sufficient interest in fantasy to read this book to the end. I do not mean to take anything away from this outstanding work: it is simply wonderful, and I wish this author the best of luck with the series.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 11:24 am by sonya01.
If I had not read the sample, I probably would have read the book. This is because the official OnlineBookClub review made me curious about the main character. However, the sample changed my mind. This is because the beginning read like an essay. It went into the history of the various species in the fictional world of the book, which I found to be quite boring. I would not buy and read the book for that reason. I did not spot any errors, so I think it was professionally edited.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 12:48 pm by Cher432.
"End of the Last Great Kingdom" is a fantasy novel that has a fascinating world full of interesting characters. We are introduced in the land of Sulphurium, where three races live: the humans, the elves, and the orcs. Orcs had a special connection to animals, elves were known to hear whispers of plants, and humans were supposed to dominate. These races fought for land, but in times of peace, they started to mix and produce offsprings. However, humans and elves never mixed for eons. When they did, the offsprings were very special and gifted. I love how detailed is the introduction to this world, and I appreciate the fact that the author explains everything in the beginning instead of just jumping to action. I would have tried this book without the program because I was curious when I read the OBC review. However, I don't usually read fantasy, so I won't continue reading it. The book seemed professionally edited.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 1:00 pm by Laura Bach.
The background and foundation of the plot is laid out quickly in the opening pages as readers are introduced to a world that involves humans, elves and orcs. This progresses as time goes on with the intermingling of races to produce trolls, goblins and orgres. Prince Richard is ushered away at the age of five at the urgency of his father as an uprising breaks out and the royal family is slaughtered. Thought dead by historians, he is actually taken by a break neck carriage ride to would be safety. However, the primitive conditions of the road and the speed at which the driver goes causes an accident impaling the driver and Richard’s companion is knocked out next to him possibly dead. I liked the history portion of this and how the various beings came to be such as the cross between humans and elves to produce the enlighten. Even with all of its intrigue and well done writing, I am not interested in reading this one further. I generally read non-fiction and even after reading the official review, this one isn’t for me. Without the online book club, I probably would not have even found this book on my own. I didn’t detect any errors in punctuation, spelling or grammar so it would seem to have been edited professionally. The reviewer mentioned formatting issues, but I did not see that in the opening pages of my sample.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 3:54 pm by cpru68.
I absolutely love a good fantasy, and the reviews of End of the Last Great Kingdom give the impression this book is fast-paced with all of the important elements that make a fantasy novel excellent. Based on the synopsis and reviews, I would definitely have chosen to read this book prior to sampling.
I greatly enjoyed the sample of this book and still plan to finish it. The history of the three races was interesting and sets up the story well. Quite a lot happens in the first couple of chapters that kept me hooked. Richard's experiences as a five-year-old running away and eventually being imprisoned with a bunch of slaves were intriguing and sad at the same time. Those scenes have some holes that I really want filled in. I did not notice a single error indicating this book has been professionally edited.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 4:04 pm by kfwilson6.
"End of the Last Great Kingdom" by Victor Rose has a beautiful cover. It made me want to read about the fantasy it portrays. It begins by telling us the history of the land of Sulphurium - the humans, elves, trolls and the orcs that make up this fantasy land. A new breed was eventually born, known as the enlighten. We then meet Leaf, a young boy that is taking the enlighten test to become a mage. I really enjoyed the fast pace of this dark fantasy novel. After reading the first 10 pages, it had me wanting more. There were no typos and there was an onlinebookclub review. If I were not involved in another 13-book series, I would read this in a hearbeat!
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 5:03 pm by CinWin.
If I hadn't been offered the opportunity to read the sample of this book, I wouldn't have picked it up. The cover has a beautiful depiction of a fairy. The artwork isn't what would turn me off. It is lovely. I am just not a fan of the fantasy genre. The sample I read was well-written and seems well-edited. I didn't notice any typos or mistakes. Even though I don't know a lot about fantasy stories, I was able to follow the story in the sample chapters. I liked that the author wrote in such a way I could understand some of the terms like "mage." I don't know if the author includes a glossary with explanations of mages, elves, fairies, etc., but that might help a newbie like me understand the story a little better. I won't be buying this book because, as I said, I am not a fan of the fantasy genre. However, I did enjoy the sample!
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 5:30 pm by sarahmarlowe.
I would not have sampled this book without the program because while I do like some fantasy, which this clearly is from the title, cover, and Amazon blurb, the cover gave me the impression that is childish. After reading the first ten pages, my impression has changed because it is clearly not a childish book, talking about infanticide, an impaled carriage driver, slavery, and breeding from the very beginning. I believe the book to be professionally edited as I didn't note any errors. I liked the set-up of the book and the story of war, peace, and races in this fantastical world. I also liked the smuggling of who I presume is the prince. I would improve the cover and cut out the beginning paragraph (about how to start the story), simply starting with the great tale itself. I will not buy the book because I have too many other books on my to-read list already, but I will keep it in mind for the future.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 5:39 pm by Camille Turner.
I love fantasy novels, especially the sort with mages and such. Even the cover certainly catches my attention. Reading the first ten pages definitely caught my eye with how well even the history was written with and engaging tone. The start of chapter one definitely engaged me even further with the immediate rush of the whips and the horses. The official review was very flattering and definitely makes me consider buying this book. The pages were cleanly edited and well written. I know that I would definitely read this if it were on Kindle Ultimate, but I’m not sure that I’m really eager to buy the book, even for just 99 cents. I’ll have to think about this one.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 6:12 pm by Kendra M Parker.
If all I had to decide on whether to read this book was the cover, I would not be interested. However, I read an excellent review on OnlineBookClub that really painted it into a very positive and entertaining novel. I generally like this style. I find it interesting that the author made some of the typical races of fantasy novels as crossbreeds. They make sense though. However, the enlighten weren’t very enlightened in that they chose to believe they were better than the other races. I did not notice any grammatical errors in the sample I read. I didn’t Think I will read the rest however because the review said that there were graphic depictions of violence. Otherwise, sounds like an interesting read.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 6:28 pm by Kareka88.
I do like this title. It makes me curious, and it is easy to tell from the cover and the title that this is a fantasy novel and part of a series. I'm not too fond of the cover because it looks like the title has been added over clipart in Word. I did enjoy the blurb and reviews; they made me excited about the book and the characters. I typically enjoy fantasy novels that are written well. At the beginning of the book, readers are introduced to the land of Sulphurium and the three races that resided there - humans, elves, and orcs. Each of these races had a unique connection to the environment. Over time, the races mixed and became impure. New races came about. The unique gifts of the original three races were eventually lost. Previously, elves and humans could not produce offspring together; however, one offspring did come about, followed by several more. They possessed a combination of the original qualities of the races but were unskilled. Eventually, the race of Enlightens was born, and they were masters of the qualities. As time passed, the Enlightens were owned as slaves and used in wars but over time, they gained a place of power and wanted revenge on those who had wronged them. They wanted to enslave all the other races. The mage Crimson had mastered all of the original qualities and used his power to gain ultimate control of Sulphurium and eventually another war broke out. After Crimson died, the rulers were banned from having Englighten blood. But it was believed that Crimson had cast a spell that he would be reborn into a royal family. Because of this, all those with Enlighten blood were executed. The law to execute those with Enlighten blood was revoked with the birth of Prince Richard. During the revolt, a father and son anxiously sought passage out of the city. It was clear they were running from something. It turns out the father was actually Arthur, a sworn protector of the boy, who must have been the prince who was believed to have died when he was five. When the carriage that was taking them from the city crashed, Richard was taken as a slave by a group of outlaws. The first ten pages of this book were interesting and exciting and did a great job telling the history of Sulphurium without doing it all at once. I also like how Richard's story was introduced. He was captured and taken to be made a slave but protected by Garfa. Here, he mixed with all races. While he is there, a boy claiming to be an Enlighten arrives and after proving himself, he was murdered. I would be interested in eventually reading more of this book to find out more about the characters and where the story goes. It seems well written and planned. I did not notice any technical errors in the first ten pages of this book, and it does appear to be professionally edited. My only complaints are about the slightly unprofessional cover.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 6:58 pm by JuliaKay.
I absolutely love the opening chapter. The author introduces the world, orcs, elves, humans, and enlighten in such an engaging manner. I could visualize the slavery and wars the enlighten went through and their eventual fall from grace once they gained power as mages. I’m interested to see what happens with Leaf and I can tell this is going to be epic. The review mentioned this book is basically perfect, so it’s going on my list for future reading. I hope the author plans to write more books and make it a series. The editing looks very professional, no errors.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 7:57 pm by Momiji1987.
The book cover and the title allowed me to see that the story will be one of fantasy. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it or not. I read the Amazon Blurb. I like that it mentioned that the book was “fast-paced and filled with unique characters and captivating creatures.” After reading the first ten pages, I was so wrapped up in wanting to know what happens to the five-year-old boy who seems to be escaping danger only to find himself in perhaps another kind of danger that I wanted to buy and finish reading the book. I liked best the introduction and history of the different races on the planet Sulphurium. This made it very easy to understand the origins of the enlighten race (half human/half elf) and about Crimson who before dying cast a spell to allow himself to be reincarnated within the new royal family. The book seems to be edited well, as I didn’t notice any errors. The OBC review mentions the orphan Leaf, who becomes Mage Brimstone. I think Leaf must be the five-year-old boy that was on the run. I also assume that this was Prince Richard. I am looking forward to reading this story, as it is written well with a lot of action.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 8:15 pm by LV2R.
I was not going to read this book based on title or cover, because I am not fond of medieval fantasy. The long introduction detailing the history of the different races and their leaders was boring for me because it lacked action. The getaway in the carriage was a little better, but went on too long to keep my interest. Based on the OBC review which stated that the ending was a cliffhanger, this book is a definite "no" for me. . . I did not notice any grammatical or formatting errors. Opening the story with a young prince kidnapped into slavery is sure to enthrall readers of this genre, but it was not enough to pull me into this world.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 9:31 pm by FictionLover.
I read the Online Book Club review of this book which had a lot of praise. I didn't notice any errors in the first ten pages. I don't care for the cover art but I do like the title. I liked that the author gave us the history of the three races, human, elves, and orcs right off the bat. I liked the easy and concise writing. There was nothing I didn't like about the sample reading. I learned that the orcs were masters of the animals, the elves were attuned to plants and earth, and humans sought to dominate all. Eventually hybrids of elf-humans were created and the humans enslaved them. I'm not especially interested in this genre so will not be reading this book.
First Ten review added on November 18, 2018, at 10:19 pm by SABRADLEY.
Based on the title and the cover, I think I would have sampled the book; though the cover is a little bit not eye-catching, the title promises a whole new world to be discovered. And as a fantasy novel enthusiast, I think I wouldn't want to sit this one out. When an OBC review said that the author didn't spend much time in describing the world of Sulphurium, he was right, and I didn't like it. I couldn't imagine the world because of the lack of its introduction except for the inhabitants living in it. The history of how trolls and dwarves came to existence didn't sit well with me, though the history of the enlightens is such a good part of the story. However, the authors writing style didn't hold much of my attention when reading the book. The narrative didn't interest me. Though the plot is promising, I think I am not going to buy the book. The writing style isn't just my cup of tea. There were no noticeable errors and the provided review did help in giving a good overview of what to expect in the book.
First Ten review added on November 19, 2018, at 12:28 am by briellejee.
Had I not read the sample as part of the program then I would have read the book based on the title, genre, blurb or reviews. I love to enjoy reading a good fantasy/ sci-fi book. I think that the cover needs improvement because it doesn't make the book look like it was done professionally. The book did change my mind on reading the whole book because even though I like how the author incorporated a bunch of fantasy characters into a unique plot/world, the story is very dark. I like how the author gave a background to the book in the beginning so that the reader has an idea of the Sulphurium world. I disliked the slavery and the children sex slaves which I found to be disturbing to read about. The second chapter introduced Leaf who has no memory and is trying to become a mage. He needs to pass a series of tests to qualify for mage school. During his test, he chooses to duel and the mage sets Leaf on fire with his magic. He is burning him alive and trying to kill him, even though Leaf is a child. There are many scenes just in the beginning chapters of the book of death, blood, murder, violence, slavery, and other despicable acts. I'm sure that the book is not for me based on the sample that I read. I don't like to read barbaric stories with a lot of violence and graphic scenes in them.
First Ten review added on November 19, 2018, at 2:04 am by ObsessedBookNerd.
Yes, I sampled the first ten pages however, it couldn't inspire me much as I am not a huge fan of utopian/fantasy stories. Moreover, the element of gore further pulled me out of the story. The cover of the book rightly depicts the fantasy world and provide glimpses of the inside story. But, I am not going to buy and read the whole book. However, the readers interested in fantasy genre would enjoy it very much. I couldn't find any mistake in first ten pages. So I can say, it has good editing. One thing I like about the book is its good pace. At the very beginning, the story starts taking shape and you begin understanding the plot instead of waiting for a long time. And OBC review will not affect my decision.
First Ten review added on November 19, 2018, at 3:02 am by Sarah Tariq.
Without the first ten program, I wouldn't have heard of Victor Rose or his dark fantasy series. However, I like reading fantasy books and based on the cover and title, I think this could be a good choice. Both the editorial and customer reviews praise the book for its fast pace and the interesting combination between traditional epic fantasy and the more realistic elements. The sample grabbed my attention as soon as I started reading. The description of the three races living in the land of Sulphurium (the humans, the elves and the orcs) is skillfully used not only to set the background, but also to allude to prejudices and misconceptions affecting our world. The story of the Enlighten and their evolution flows smoothly and makes me want to read more and discover what comes next. What happens to Richard in the pen has some gore elements, but I didn't find them disturbing. I noticed only one missing definite article in the sample: "Second, he would perform (the) said test [...]." Considering there is also an enthusiastic official OBC review of the book, I'm willing to give it a try.
First Ten review added on November 19, 2018, at 3:37 am by cristinaro.
I did not read the official review of this book so that has no bearing on my first impression. I did not read much on social media about it but what I saw seemed positive. I did not like that it started with a list of questions, I know that others may though. I also knew going in that this was not my genre, but even so, I found myself cringing as Rose started listing the races. Once again, I know that is a personal issues and not an issue with the actual writing. I did like the flow of the writing. Rose does a lovely job using varying lengths of sentences and makes great use of commas and semicolons to diversify the sentences. I do like how Rose writes, just not what it is about, and for that reason, I will not be reading on in this book. (It also seemed professionally edited because I found no errors.)
First Ten review added on November 19, 2018, at 6:10 pm by britt13.
The design of the cover looks amateurish, and although it manages to convene what the blurb proposes fairly well, it could have used some extra work in the color and typography of the title. The official review highlights the author's writing and an engaging start. The first ten pages start with an introduction to the races, conflicts and magical powers that are developed in the book. Then comes the first chapter, where a horseman has a series of drawbacks while transporting a poor family away from a town. The prose is excellent and extremely fluid, while the editing work looks quite acceptable (there is a "must" that should have been "had to" in a reported speech sentence). Unfortunately, I have already filled my fantasy book quota for the time being, so I do not feel like reading a new one in the short term. I will not continue reading this book.
First Ten review added on November 19, 2018, at 8:53 pm by KRay93.
Without The First Ten program, I would've chosen to read this book because I was enchanted with the cover and this book's blurb and reviews. Reading the first ten pages did not let me down. A father and a son pleaded with Arthur, the horseman, to drive them away as fast as he could in order to avoid the chaos of the revolt. Sad to say, the father of the boy died along the way. Arthur assumed as the boy's father, forced him to put on some stolen peasant's clothes, and took him to the next town. The boy was famished; his throat dried up. He tried to wake Arthur, but he wouldn’t wake from his slumber. Suddenly the carriage door above him opened, and a hand reached down and grabbed him by the collar. I will read the entire story because I am curious of what will happen next. I found 3 sentences with punctuation errors.
1. The horseman debated turning the man in but, given he was just above a slave in status himself, the guards were just as likely to execute him with the father and son.
2. Once it broke, the rear wheel couldn’t take the weight, and in a fraction of a second it too was destroyed.
3. There Arthur told several lies to get a horseman to take them to the next town.
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First Ten review added on November 19, 2018, at 10:29 pm by Dolor.
I liked the cover of the book, so, l would have chosen to read the book. Having read the sample and the review, l found the book to be an interesting fictitious adventure. It is about the boy named Leaf, who is enrolled in the school of magic. Everyone in the school seems to be able to perform a magic of some sort, but not him. He is from a poor background and he often feared what would happen to him if he was to be expelled from the school. He was bullied all the time for not having any magic. There came a time when he had to qualify for mage School by passing one of the three mage trials. He chose the trial bu duel, which was one trial which could result in his death. He chose this because he did not want to be thrown out of the school and suffer as a slave or a homeless person since he was poor. I noticed some few misplaced punctuation marks, for example, a semicolon instead of a comma. I liked that the book showed that no matter how poor you are, you can still conquer, just like Leaf did. I enjoyed reading part of the book and the reviews. Thanks.
First Ten review added on November 20, 2018, at 3:23 am by mtsnel006.
End of the Last Great Kingdom by Victor Rose is an amazing read about the beginning of age. In a distant land called Sulphurium there lived 3 main races: human, elves, and orc. This read is about how it as began. In the introduction, the author produces a detailed setting on how trolls, gnomes, goblins were born, and a history supporting the land Sulphurium. This help to provide a basic foundation and a good visualization. The official review was spot on, but reading ten pages isn't enough to determine the course of events in this read. The weren't any hindrances while reading. The journey begins from chapter one, and I hope reads who enjoy this type of reading will find this delightful, as for me, I have already read it!
First Ten review added on November 20, 2018, at 3:42 am by Sahani Nimandra.
Total ~ 36%
End of the Last Great Kingdom earned a score of 36%.
In other words, out of the top-level reviewers who read at least the first 10 pages of this book, 36% plan to read the whole book.
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