3 out of 4 stars
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The Ring of Darkness, by T. R. Michaud, is a sci-fi/fantasy book filled with action and adventure. Written in the third person perspective, this book is told from the viewpoints of several different characters.
In the village of Oakhurst, villagers have slowly been disappearing, leaving behind almost no evidence of where they went. The captain of the local militia, Captain Woodrow, sends off twelve of his soldiers to investigate, but they have yet to return. When Calvin, a cavalier, goes into a tavern in Oakhurst to find out more about the disappearances, he discovers that there are others like him who are eager to unearth who or what is behind the disappearances. With the approval of Captain Woodrow, Calvin along with a young mage, an elf, a gnome, and three local villagers set off on a journey to find the missing twelve soldiers as well as the cause of the disappearances. They have no idea what’s in store for them as they encounter unknown beings who could either be friends or foes.
What I like the most about this book was the elaborate plot. There were a few surprising twists that I never saw coming, and I thought the subplots flowed well with the main storyline. I like how the author described each scene, especially the fight scenes, with great detail as I could clearly visualize what was happening in the book. For example, the author broke up each fight scene in sections which focused on each character as they battled their opponent. Moreover, I thought the author did a great job of giving the background stories whenever it was needed. This made story flow well since I wasn’t bombarded with everyone’s background stories at the beginning of the book.
For the most part, I found the characters to be interesting, but somewhat lacking in depth. There were many characters introduced in the story, so it was understandable that the author wasn’t able to go as in depth on some of the secondary characters, but it seemed like some of the main characters were flat. Most of the main characters, like Calvin and Faith, had background stories, but I felt that I didn’t really connect with them. There was a secondary character that surprised me when he switched sides, but I will not name who it is in fear of spoiling the book. I thought that this character was more multidimensional than Calvin, which is surprising since Calvin is one of the main characters in this book.
Furthermore, there were multiple grammatical errors and spelling mistakes that distracted me as I read the book. There were also spacing issues and a couple of awkwardly written sentences that forced me to reread the sentences. I would also not recommend this book for younger readers because of mature topics like sex.
Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I gave it 3 stars mainly because of the number of errors littered throughout the book. Besides the errors, I found the book to be engaging and exciting to read. I would recommend this book to readers who like fantasy books filled with mythical creatures and magic.
The Ring of Darkness
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