Official Review: Templar Chronicles I by Ray Slaughter

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Official Review: Templar Chronicles I by Ray Slaughter

Post by jemgirl202 » 12 Mar 2018, 12:44

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Templar Chronicles I" by Ray Slaughter.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Imagine waking up in the future with no memories of your past. Imagine that you are a part of something greater but cannot remember anything. This is exactly what happens to Paladin the Blue in Templar Chronicles: New Players by Ray Slaughter.

Paladin doesn't even know his own name. He wakes up in a place called the White Tower. He is brought to the king of the White Tower. The king is named Tericles the White Sage. The king then makes him begin training with his soldiers. Paladin discovers that the White Tower is at war with the People's Republic of Sunora. They are described as rebels. He soon discovers that the White Tower also uses beasts called prowlers that are able to take on armies. The king is very impressed with Paladin's skills and soon wants him to assist him in battle.

However, there is one person that the White Tower seems to fear and that is the Black Knight. He proves to be very strong in battle. During the first battle, Paladin witnesses the cruelty and dishonor displayed by the White Tower. After another battle, the prowlers begin to attack Paladin and he is saved by none other than the Black Knight! After a series of events, he finds himself in Sunora. He meets Queen Theranda and the rest of the warriors. To his shock, some of the warriors are female. Everyone is skeptical of Paladin, except for the Black Knight. The Black Knight believes there is more to Paladin and that he has a great destiny to fulfill.

Overall, I really enjoyed this science fiction novel. This book is packed with action from start to finish! Paladin's character remains very mysterious until the end of the book. Even though he remains mysterious, he has great character development. His story begins with nothing. However, he is able to question where he is and if he is on the right side. He is a very noble and honorable character. He is not the only amazing character. This book is filled with great supporting characters which include knights, summoners, and intense female warriors.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction, fantasy, time travel, and action. The action sequences go into great detail and make the battle scenes very intense for the reader. The book does wrap up all plot lines and has a great ending. Also, it looks like this will also be the first book in the series. I am glad to say that this book looked professionally edited and I did not spot any grammatical errors.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The reason for this rating is because this novel moves at an extremely fast pace. It moves so fast that there were times that I thought I missed some information and felt I had to go back and reread the previous pages. There were also times when the point of view would switch in the middle of the chapters and there were times it wasn't a smooth transition. Despite those reasons, I still really enjoyed this novel. I am looking forward to the next installment!

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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Mar 2018, 06:40

Wow! I don't think I've read about a novel that almost moves too fast. It defintely sounds like something I would enjoy. I'll have to check it out. Thanks.
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Post by GabbiV » 13 Mar 2018, 10:12

I guess too much of a good thing spoils it, so it makes sense that there is such a thing as too fast-paced. I like that you included that the action sequences are detailed - I dislike having to fill in the blanks authors leave when it comes to stuff like fights.

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Post by ViziVoir » 13 Mar 2018, 10:32

I generally don't have patience for stories involving an amnesiac main character, as it seems like a cheap way to build tension. I may have to reconsider that and read this book, though!

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Post by GabbiV » 13 Mar 2018, 10:40

ViziVoir wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 10:32
I generally don't have patience for stories involving an amnesiac main character, as it seems like a cheap way to build tension. I may have to reconsider that and read this book, though!
Care to elaborate on your opinion of amnesiac main characters? Because I'm generally ok with it from a reader's point of view.

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Post by ViziVoir » 13 Mar 2018, 10:49

GabbiV wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 10:40
ViziVoir wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 10:32
I generally don't have patience for stories involving an amnesiac main character, as it seems like a cheap way to build tension. I may have to reconsider that and read this book, though!
Care to elaborate on your opinion of amnesiac main characters? Because I'm generally ok with it from a reader's point of view.
Obviously, I'm not saying it can never be done well. One of my favorite pieces of media, the podcast The Adventure Zone, uses amnesia as a plot device. However, all too often I find stories with amnesiac main characters use this character's memory loss as the primary source of conflict. The quest to find oneself is exciting, but when conflicts could be made irrelevant if the main character simply had their memories back, reading this type of story over and over again becomes uninteresting.

In short, if the author balances amnesia with other sources of conflict, I have no problem with it. I've really just learned over time to dislike the trope, which is certainly just personal opinion.

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Post by GabbiV » 13 Mar 2018, 10:57

ViziVoir wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 10:49
GabbiV wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 10:40
ViziVoir wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 10:32
I generally don't have patience for stories involving an amnesiac main character, as it seems like a cheap way to build tension. I may have to reconsider that and read this book, though!
Care to elaborate on your opinion of amnesiac main characters? Because I'm generally ok with it from a reader's point of view.
Obviously, I'm not saying it can never be done well. One of my favorite pieces of media, the podcast The Adventure Zone, uses amnesia as a plot device. However, all too often I find stories with amnesiac main characters use this character's memory loss as the primary source of conflict. The quest to find oneself is exciting, but when conflicts could be made irrelevant if the main character simply had their memories back, reading this type of story over and over again becomes uninteresting.

In short, if the author balances amnesia with other sources of conflict, I have no problem with it. I've really just learned over time to dislike the trope, which is certainly just personal opinion.
Thanks for the thorough answer! I definitely agree with what you're saying, and I think the same thing concerning the romance genre with misunderstandings.

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Post by Donnywl » 14 Mar 2018, 00:06

Wow! Yeah I never thought about it but they do use that same plot with the amnesiac character a lot. It's a pretty common plot

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Post by uchebest24 » 14 Mar 2018, 12:25

woo I like the story is really make sense thanks for the review

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 14 Mar 2018, 15:06

I always appreciate a well-written and error-free novel, but the pace and some of the names you mentioned don't suit my taste. Your review was informative and enjoyable to read though.
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 14 Mar 2018, 21:10

Intriguing premise! I like the foundation and the ideology of the story. The action and fantasy works well. I personally have not looked upon a book that is about female warriors, I think its good to check it out! Thank you!
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Post by jemgirl202 » 15 Mar 2018, 10:41

kandscreeley wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 06:40
Wow! I don't think I've read about a novel that almost moves too fast. It defintely sounds like something I would enjoy. I'll have to check it out. Thanks.
Yes, I felt like the story kept going but I wanted to know more of what was happening. I felt a little left out at times. But it was a fun story! Thanks!

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Post by NL Hartje » 16 Mar 2018, 16:32

jemgirl202 wrote:
12 Mar 2018, 12:44
Imagine waking up in the future with no memories of your past. Imagine that you are a part of something greater but cannot remember anything.
I have tried for about five minutes now, and I cannot imagine this! Thank you for this review!
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Post by Jkhorner » 19 Mar 2018, 07:56

I understand your frustration with confusion POV transitions. In my opinion, authors should stick to an omniscient narrator if they wish us to see the world through multiple characters' eyes. Thanks for the thorough review!

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Post by roamnoor » 24 Mar 2018, 23:56

The review that you submitted got me interested to want to read the book. I love reading such books.

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