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Featured Official Review: Bard's Exile by Carolyn Gross

Post by Rachaelamb1 » 19 Jan 2017, 23:26

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Bard's Exile" by Carolyn Gross.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Bard’s Exile by Carolyn Gross is an epic fantasy novel.

Despite being born blind, Marek is a skilled fighter and excellent cheat. His abnormal qualities have earned him the name, Demon, an accusation not to be taken lightly in this kingdom. After a violent encounter with Sellard Mission, the fiancé of Princess Selena, Marek awaits the fate he knows is coming, death.

With King Bel sick with the plague and the Queen ruling in his stead, Selena has never felt so forlorn. Her mother has arranged for her to marry Sellard Mission, a man she detests more and more with each passing day. When the chance to escape with a strange blind man comes, she flees the palace, not realizing how little she knows about surviving in the real world.

Bard’s Exile surprised me with it’s uniqueness. The summary may not sound like it is very different from any other fantasy, but there is a richness to the world the author has created. I was completely immersed in it. I love the interesting fantasy characters and how they come to play a part in this story.

The author does an incredible job balancing description and pacing. There is enough description to draw you in without ever bogging down the story. The pacing is perfect. Even though it is not that short of a book, I was able to finish it quickly. Of course, the books I always finish the fastest are the ones I never want to end! Interestingly, there are actually two books contained in this one. The second book is only about half the length of the first, but it does a great job of tying up all the loose ends.

The characters are well developed and likeable. The princess was oblivious and slightly annoying at times, but as the story progressed I got to see her strength come through in a realistic way. Marek is definitely a lovable underdog and I enjoyed rooting for him, Selena, and their friends.

The book is excellently written. I did not come across any typos or grammatical errors (which is a rare thing). It is also fairly clean. There are a few sexual implications, but they are not graphic. Therefore, I think it is a suitable book for young adults as well as adults.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bard’s Exile. As a lover of fantasy, I am always thrilled when a book offers a creative and different element to an otherwise “normal” story. That is why I give this one a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. It held my interest the entire time and I fell in love with many of the characters. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a unique epic fantasy.

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Post by bookowlie » 24 Jan 2017, 09:32

Nice, thorough review! It sounds like this book has a winning combination - unique plot, interested characters, and well-paced. I loved your comment that the books you finish the fastest are also the ones you never want to end. :)
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Post by ashley_claire » 24 Jan 2017, 09:56

This book sounds really interesting. I love a good character-driven fantasy and this sounds like a good one to put on my list. I also couldn't help but notice this book is available on kindle unlimited right now, which makes it all the more enticing. Thanks for the great review.

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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 25 Jan 2017, 09:42

bookowlie wrote:Nice, thorough review! It sounds like this book has a winning combination - unique plot, interested characters, and well-paced. I loved your comment that the books you finish the fastest are also the ones you never want to end. :)
Thank you! It is a great book!

-- 25 Jan 2017, 09:43 --
ashley_claire wrote:This book sounds really interesting. I love a good character-driven fantasy and this sounds like a good one to put on my list. I also couldn't help but notice this book is available on kindle unlimited right now, which makes it all the more enticing. Thanks for the great review.
Great point for all those who have KU! Thanks for sharing!

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 25 Jan 2017, 14:29

Lovely review! This sounds like a great book, and I'm glad that you enjoyed it!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 26 Jan 2017, 05:13

Sounds like a great book with interesting and endearing characters. I like strong female protagonist, and Princess Selena seems like one. Great job on the review. Congratulations to Carolyn Gross on such a glowing review.

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Post by rssllue » 26 Jan 2017, 07:25

You definitely make the book sound like one that I would enjoy reading. Nice job on such a good review!
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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 26 Jan 2017, 11:50

Thank you all for the postive comments! Hope you get a chance to check it out.

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Post by kimie » 28 Jan 2017, 09:14

nice review!! i'm gonna read it real soon. thanks!

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Post by DRL_Books » 28 Jan 2017, 17:46

I loved your review! You are right the book description doesn't seem to make it justice for what you say about the story,at first I wasn't interested, to be honest, the cover isn't very attractive neither, but your review made me change my mind and I've added it to my to read shelf :)

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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 29 Jan 2017, 01:30

kimie wrote:nice review!! i'm gonna read it real soon. thanks!
Let me know how you like it!

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DRL_Books wrote:I loved your review! You are right the book description doesn't seem to make it justice for what you say about the story,at first I wasn't interested, to be honest, the cover isn't very attractive neither, but your review made me change my mind and I've added it to my to read shelf :)
Great! I hope you like it as much as I did!

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Post by sourav15 » 31 Jan 2017, 13:59

From the review, the book looks good. I would love to read such a fantasy story with a unique plot.

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Post by Cheeky » 01 Feb 2017, 08:57

Very well explained, I plan on reading it real soon, I thank you for such a fabulous review.

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Post by Cheeky » 01 Feb 2017, 09:52

Good Job Rachaelamb1 on your review. I liked the way you pulled everyone in to you review explaining the whole book in depth .

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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 06 Feb 2017, 03:22

Thank you for the kind comments!

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