2 out of 4 stars
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Explore a world full of magic and spells, science and fiction embellished with love, and quest and bravery. Humans and magical creatures rally against common enemies. Explore the world of Valinthia.
Daniel A. Roberts' Chronicles of Valinthia was a fictional story of the natives of Valinthia and their wars against the galactic empires of Galactopolis and Zarg to preserve and protect their magical homeland and planet, Valinthia. In general, this book had a very creative appeal. I was curious to learn new things about this fictional universe created by the author. I would commend the author on the fact that he created different societies and races, each of them bearing exciting pieces of information about them. One resounding fact that aided my reading was the author's writing style; he stated things or narrated them most simplistically, giving room for optimum comprehension and assimilation.
This book was creative in many aspects. The setting, storytelling prowess, and description were commendable, though the writer did a relatively average job on the plot development. I believed that thrilling plots or adventures could have been delivered with the already established fictional universe.
The story's pace and consistency were top-notch; the writer never slowed down or deviated from the tales. He made it possible that things were always in motion in the book.
The characters were numerous, and some were richly described. A few of the characters had room for development and were interesting enough. The choice of names assigned to some characters was indeed artistic and gave off a sense of uniqueness to such characters. Examples are Tinybomb Bigblast (due to his pyromancy) and Jasra Songweaver (due to her sound or song-enhanced magical abilities). One little flaw (it might be intentional) was the switch of the name of Ariella to President Misty when she became a president. I understood her nickname being Misty but not why "Ariella" was entirely replaced in most of the book's midsection.
This book consisted of three main arcs, the attack of Galactopolis, Raphael's Rebellion against the Misty government, and the attack of the Zarg Empire. The first and the third arcs were similar in many ways, making the story repetitive. The writer should have adopted a better plot or storyline for the conclusive part of the book.
There was a lack of thrillers or suspense. It was more of an adventure with many fights but little twists or thrilling events. The writer could have brought in a little twist or tragedy or made his conclusive turn of events a little less predictable. Most of the battles had a very predictable outcome. The villains were poorly worked on compared to the protagonists. I believe villains should be exceptional, unique, and relatable, as they should arouse interest from readers.
Finally, there were errors in the book. However, they were minor errors but numerous enough to affect the book's rating. Considering the positive points, the negative remarks, and the number of errors, I'd rate Chronicles of Valinthia 2 out of 4 stars. I'd recommend it to adult fiction lovers or readers fascinated with space or fantasy stories.
Chronicles of Valinthia
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