Official Review: Frozen Path by Steven Mouland

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Official Review: Frozen Path by Steven Mouland

Post by Kappy » 03 Oct 2015, 19:26

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Frozen Path" by Steven Mouland.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Frozen Path (Children of the Zodiac: Book 1) (2015), by Steven N. Mouland, is a fantasy novel available as an e-book or as a paperback. The story features the topics of destiny, fate, friendship, loyalty, trust, individualism, women's rights, the responsibility to help those in need, and security versus freedom. This appears to be the author's first published book.

The tale takes place on an earthlike planet, thousands of years after its technologically advanced society was devastated by war. The setting is similar to our medieval period. Wizards and demons play major roles in the tale. The wizards' specialized magic is based on their control of earth, wind, water, or fire. They can't simply wave magic wands and pull off miracles to get themselves out of predicaments. Supernatural events are smoothly incorporated into the narrative; the tale remains focused on the characters.

The three chief protagonists are young adults who are strangers to one another as the story begins; however, their destinies are linked. Their lives are turned upside-down during the tale, and they all experience intriguing, dangerous adventures that force them to mature quickly. It is their responsibility to develop and use their powers to help those who need protection from an ancient dark force that has returned to the world.

Women are featured prominently throughout the action. The tale hints at a fascinating father-daughter confrontation, perhaps a fight to the death, but it is unsettled in this book, which is the first of a trilogy. The story includes a man who seeks to expand his power by frightening citizens into relinquishing freedom for the promise of increased security, much like many of today's heads of state.

The author gives us a richly detailed fictional world, with many unique characteristics and an ensemble cast of secondary characters. The story mainly consists of action and dialogue; there are no long, boring passages. The numerous fine points are welcome if you like to read slowly and absorb such details, but you can easily get confused if you read the book too quickly. Mr. Mouland has also included a substantial amount of his own poetry that intertwines with the narrative.

Frozen Path has earned 4 out of 4 stars. The author writes clearly and concisely, with first-rate grammar. There are no substantial problems with the book, but many major issues remain unresolved, so if you enjoy the story you will need to read the sequels. This is an excellent book for people who enjoy good-versus-evil tales featuring wizards and supernatural events. The novel includes no profanities or explicit sex, and the violence is not excessively graphic, so it is suitable for readers of all ages.

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Post by gali » 13 Oct 2015, 08:51

Great review! Sounds intriguing, though I don't like it if too many major issues remain unresolved.
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Post by Tanaya » 13 Oct 2015, 11:48

The story mainly consists of action and dialogue; there are no long, boring passages.
That's an awesome selling point. Great review!

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Post by Kappy » 13 Oct 2015, 15:46

gali wrote:Great review! Sounds intriguing, though I don't like it if too many major issues remain unresolved.
Thanks! I also prefer novels with a substantial amount of closure. This one ends rather abruptly.

-- 13 Oct 2015, 13:48 --
Tanaya wrote:
The story mainly consists of action and dialogue; there are no long, boring passages.
That's an awesome selling point. Great review!
Thanks! I don't read much fantasy, but I'm glad I read this book.
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Post by scoepiovaeden » 13 Oct 2015, 16:24

Thank you for the review. As this is the first review I have gotten, other than feedback from my editor, it is great to get positive results and to know someone else has enjoyed my work. Book 2, Frozen Souls, is also out now on Amazon, with book 3 being released around Nov/Dec this year (Currently going through its final round of editing).

I will be posting Book 2 on here for review as well, sometime over the next few days. Hopefully Kappy, you will get to read that one as well. I appreciate any and all feedback, and constructive criticism, to continue to improve as a writer.

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Post by anonanemone » 13 Oct 2015, 17:05

Kappy, this sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for this review and congrats to the author!
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Post by Kappy » 13 Oct 2015, 20:50

scoepiovaeden wrote:Thank you for the review. As this is the first review I have gotten, other than feedback from my editor, ... I appreciate any and all feedback, and constructive criticism, to continue to improve as a writer.
Congratulations on the commencement of your writing career! And kudos to you for seeking constructive criticism; many new authors go bonkers when they hear anything other than unqualified praise.

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anonanemone wrote:Kappy, this sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for this review and congrats to the author!
Thanks for the kind words, anonanemone!
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Post by literarycat » 16 Oct 2015, 10:46

This sounds like a book that needs to be on my shelf. Thanks for the great review.
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Post by Kappy » 16 Oct 2015, 12:54

literarycat wrote:This sounds like a book that needs to be on my shelf. Thanks for the great review.
Thanks! The author does a great job of interweaving several storylines.
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Post by bluemel4 » 16 Oct 2015, 13:25

Fantastic review. Very well-written and comprehensive analysis of the books strengths. This is the type of trilogy I look for. I love it when fantasy/ sci-fi serves as a commentary on our current society.
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Post by Kappy » 16 Oct 2015, 20:03

bluemel4 wrote:Fantastic review ... I love it when fantasy/ sci-fi serves as a commentary on our current society.
Thanks! Scaring people into giving up their freedoms has been going on for a long, long time; I can't understand why so many people keep falling for it.
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Post by bookowlie » 17 Oct 2015, 10:04

I enjoyed reading your insightful review. I am not a major fantasy fan, but you made the book sound fascinating.
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bookowlie wrote:I enjoyed reading your insightful review. I am not a major fantasy fan, but you made the book sound fascinating.
Thanks for the kind words.
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Post by hsimone » 18 Oct 2015, 10:21

Nice review, Kappy! I enjoyed reading it, and this book sounds right up my alley - I do enjoy a good fantasy series, and this one sounds promising!

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Post by RussetDivinity » 18 Oct 2015, 11:09

This is a great review, and the book looks fantastic! I may have to slip it onto my Christmas list.

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