Official Review: The Four Powers by J. A. Cummings

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Re: Official Review: The Four Powers by J. A. Cummings

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This review is great :D I really enjoyed the way you explained and summarized the novel. Now I also want to read this book. Keep up the good work (y)
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Sounds like a wonderful book! Fantasy world, dragons, a bard...right up my alley! Great review :)

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The Four Powers really sounds like a good old fashioned fantasy novel. Just by your descriptions alone I was interested in reading it. It seems charming and gripping with some really nice magical elements that keep this genre alive.

Based on what you said, this book seems to be set in it's own world, or at least a world where magic exists. So I must ask, as with any good fantasy book, does this novel do well to world-build? Is the world the story is set in given much detail in terms of geography and/or history? Given that the four elements described are found everywhere, I would assume that the towers are somewhat distant from each other, giving the perfect chance to world-build the lands in between.

Also, how does the story do to offer a nice history to the world and the events that take place within it? Is it simple or more complex and well described? I always find it a wonderful treat when authors go into a bit more detail about the history of their stories and the worlds, characters, and events within them. How would you say the author did to explain the world of the Four Powers as well as the history of them?

Awesome review by the way. I'm glad to know a story that sounds so interesting to me conveyed well to others.

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The Ellipsis Writer wrote:The Four Powers really sounds like a good old fashioned fantasy novel. Just by your descriptions alone I was interested in reading it. It seems charming and gripping with some really nice magical elements that keep this genre alive.

Based on what you said, this book seems to be set in it's own world, or at least a world where magic exists. So I must ask, as with any good fantasy book, does this novel do well to world-build? Is the world the story is set in given much detail in terms of geography and/or history? Given that the four elements described are found everywhere, I would assume that the towers are somewhat distant from each other, giving the perfect chance to world-build the lands in between.

Also, how does the story do to offer a nice history to the world and the events that take place within it? Is it simple or more complex and well described? I always find it a wonderful treat when authors go into a bit more detail about the history of their stories and the worlds, characters, and events within them. How would you say the author did to explain the world of the Four Powers as well as the history of them?

Awesome review by the way. I'm glad to know a story that sounds so interesting to me conveyed well to others.

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Hey, I had to give this one some thought. In looking back on the book that is one thing that was lacking a bit. I really used my imagination off of what the reader provided to enhance the setting. It moves quickly so there was lacking in detail but would be even more amazing I believe with the extra detail. Some history of the world was also provided but not in great detail.
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[/quote]Hey, I had to give this one some thought. In looking back on the book that is one thing that was lacking a bit. I really used my imagination off of what the reader provided to enhance the setting. It moves quickly so there was lacking in detail but would be even more amazing I believe with the extra detail. Some history of the world was also provided but not in great detail.[/quote]

I see. Either way, sometimes it can be nice to let the reader imagine some stuff on their own, at least so long as there is not too much meat missing from what is really important to the story.

Thanks for the information!
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Intriguing premise! I like books about dragons, and this book sounds nice. I am glad that you enjoyed the book and that it kept you interested. Great job on the review!
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Thank you for a great review! When I picked up The Four Powers by J. A. Cummins I was very pleasantly surprised. The first thing that struck me was Cummings ability to paint a mental picture of the lands and people. Also, I agree this book was hard to put down.

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Another thing I like about this novel is how the author would have occasional breaks where Pedar would explain several of the different races or gods mentioned in detail.
This sounds like a very enjoyable read! Thanks for the great review.

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I'm not a big fan of fantasy or sci fi, but this sounds like a good story for those who are into those genres! Pedar sounds like an interesting character that the author does a great job of telling the story from. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a detailed review!
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Excellent review of the book. It helped me to decide to purchase the book.
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Thank you so much for your review! It was helpful. Sounds like a really great book! I have added it to my WTR list. Congrats to the author on the awesome review and on being chosen for #BOTD!

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Congrats on the informative review. Will try it out to play with the dragons!

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This book has a very interesting beginning. I cettanly wanted to read on. The review was very clear and summed up the story well. Fantasy book readers will love this one. Congrats to the author on having BOTD.
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I'm a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy and this book sounds like it has it all. I'm glad you enjoyed the book so much. Great review!
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This sounds like a fresh take on the magic vs. humans - big quest - save the world idea. Congrats on BOTD!
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