Official Review: Warriors in the Mist by Susan D. Kalior

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Official Review: Warriors in the Mist by Susan D. Kalior

Post by Jaime Lync » 07 Mar 2018, 01:16

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Warriors in the Mist" by Susan D. Kalior.]
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Warriors in the Mist: A Medieval Dark Fantasy by Susan Kailor has an intriguing plot. The protagonists, Kamara Lania and Kayente Ketola, are personifications of light and darkness. On the other hand, the antagonist is the magical embodiment of nothingness. The nothingness is supposed to serve as a tiny bridge between light and darkness. However, light and darkness have separated themselves so much that the nothingness has increased to the point where it seeks to swallow both light and darkness into oblivion. It is up to Kamara and Kayente to prevent this tragedy.

There is so much detail packed into this novel that it is surprising it was all able to fit into a little under five hundred pages. I believe that this would have been much better as a trilogy or at least a two-part novel. There were 34 chapters in total. Up to chapter 22, the pacing of the book was slow but there was steady progression that kept me intrigued. However, from chapter 23 onward the pace of the story felt very rushed. Also, the fantasy content also increased from chapter 23. Kailor inserted a few twists into the stories that were fun but could have been better developed if the pacing was not so rushed.

I enjoyed many things about this novel. The author utilizes her M.A in Human Relations and Behavior and her B.S in Sociology to portray themes such as romantic love, pride, hate, various family relations and religion. Both the main and supporting characters were very well developed. However, I did find Kamara to be annoyingly gullible at times, but this might be explained by the fact that she was sheltered from the harsh realities of this world for most of her life. Also, I really enjoyed the ending. It was bittersweet for me personally, but I am sure that other readers might find it just sad or happy depending on the level of attachment that they form with the characters in this book.

Moreover, there were a few erotic scenes throughout the story. I was glad that they were not steamy. The writing style resembled the King James version of the bible (old English). I did not note any major formatting and grammatical error, which is always a very good sign when reviewing a book.

In conclusion, I rate Warriors in the Mist 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this to anyone who fancies romance fantasy books. I would have awarded full stars if the pacing was not so rushed near the end.

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Post by OrlaCarty » 09 Mar 2018, 07:47

This sounds exactly like my kind of book. Interesting that you felt it would be better as a trilogy, I often get that vibe from certain novels and it really does affect the pace. Thanks for the review :)

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Post by kandscreeley » 09 Mar 2018, 08:17

I love the cover. It's too bad that the ending is rushed. It sounds like it's already a long-ish book, and perhaps the author didn't want to make it any longer. I think I'll avoid this one due to the erotic scenes, but you have a lovely review here. Thanks!
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Post by Mouricia25 » 09 Mar 2018, 08:44

I hate when books are rushed, a lot of things get left out, or things just start to happen just to make the story work. I love the cover though and I love your review!

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Post by lavellan » 09 Mar 2018, 14:31

Thanks for your review! The premise sounds very interesting. I agree that such a long book should have been split up in order to keep a solid pace.

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Post by Jbluestocking2 » 09 Mar 2018, 15:18

It sounds to me as if you wanted more time with the main characters, which is always nice to know. And why does the set up of these fantasy novel plots always seem so confusing? Ha! But I love them anyway. Thanks for the relatable review!

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Post by DathanReeves » 09 Mar 2018, 17:35

If the author is young, that might explain the pacing troubles. I'm told there is usually a correlation, especially when an editor is pushing simplification for readers.

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Post by NL Hartje » 10 Mar 2018, 01:05

Oooh, I love the personified light and dark in the main characters! Even though they were both "good", I always think of Snow White and Rose Red whenever I come across two female characters like this. Thank you for this review and for bringing this book to our attention!
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Post by Miriam Molina » 10 Mar 2018, 03:37

Light and darkness are separated by nothingness that threatens to swallow them into oblivion. That is some picture we have there!

Perhaps another round of editing can balance the pacing of this novel to a wonderful middle ground.

Great to have you back, Jaime!

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Post by Jaime Lync » 10 Mar 2018, 07:50

Miriam Molina wrote:
10 Mar 2018, 03:37
Light and darkness are separated by nothingness that threatens to swallow them into oblivion. That is some picture we have there!

Perhaps another round of editing can balance the pacing of this novel to a wonderful middle ground.

Great to have you back, Jaime!
Thank you, Miriam and everyone else who has taken the time to comment on my review.
Miriam, it is good to be back. :arrow: :techie-studyingbrown:

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Post by Cloud Rainbow » 11 Mar 2018, 08:10

I love romance fantasy novels especially if it includes light and darkness. From the above review it seems to be an interesting novel one should try out.

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Post by DancingLady » 11 Mar 2018, 17:02

"Warriors in the Mist: A Medieval Dark Fantasy by Susan Kailor has an intriguing plot. The protagonists, Kamara Lania and Kayente Ketola, are personifications of light and darkness. On the other hand, the antagonist is the magical embodiment of nothingness. The nothingness is supposed to serve as a tiny bridge between light and darkness. However, light and darkness have separated themselves so much that the nothingness has increased to the point where it seeks to swallow both light and darkness into oblivion. It is up to Kamara and Kayente to prevent this tragedy. "

Wow, my mind is just blown right there. I am struggling to make sense out of that, but it sounds like it was actually understandable in the book itself. This book sounds like it is so creative, the concept is completely outside how my mind works. It's too bad the author rushed the end. I hope they weren't put under pressure by a publisher to finish withing a certain page length.

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Post by melissy370 » 11 Mar 2018, 19:11

You had in the beginning of the review. But with the inconsistent pacing I am not sure now. Also, why is it in KJV language? Kind of odd.

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Post by Jaime Lync » 11 Mar 2018, 20:50

melissy370 wrote:
11 Mar 2018, 19:11
You had in the beginning of the review. But with the inconsistent pacing I am not sure now. Also, why is it in KJV language? Kind of odd.
It is a rather lengthy book and the pacing at the end really threw me off but the plot is super cool. The language style used was to match the fact that it is set in the medieval age. I was referring more to some of the sexual content being written in KJV style though. Sorry if I wasn't clear enough.

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Post by rfelice » 12 Mar 2018, 08:28

Thank you for the detailed review. I love the genre. I just might give this one a chance!

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