1 out of 4 stars
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This story is about Cadence Mage. A man who has lost his brother and is looking for his mother, while witches want to kill him. Witches? Yes. Though, I should tell you Cade himself isn’t an ordinary human being. And when a series of suspicious murders happen, and he recognizes the murder weapon, his life begins to change. Who is Cadence? What’s this dagger? Why do these witches want to kill Cade? And why do these murders happen? You should read Henry Regnault’s The Three Witches and the Three Headed Dagger to find out the answers.
The Three Witches and the Three Headed Dagger is Henry Regnault’s first story and the beginning of a series of books. Despite all the flaws I discovered in the story, I firmly maintain it has potential. It could be amazing, and I believe it is worth being edited and rewritten until it’s perfect.
The first thing that immediately makes you reconsider reading the book is the errors, both punctuation and grammatical. The punctuations are almost all wrong. The book is made up of fragments rather than sentences, which makes concentrating very difficult. Besides, it is not always clear who the narrator is or when the story is happening. Sometimes it seems we have a third person narrator, and other times, it is Cadence. Sometimes the narrator uses the past tense for telling the story and other times the present tense. Consistency is absolutely necessary for every story, and Regnault’s book is no exemption.
The flashbacks aren’t flawless either. More often than not, at the end of each one, in between the asterisks that divide the sections, suddenly, we move forward in time without any heads up. That is a bit jarring. A flashback should only be concerned with the events of the past.
The book could definitely benefit from details and descriptions; for characters as well as events and places. For example, they’re sitting in a bar, and someone gets killed. But there are no reactions from the people in the bar; nobody screams or shouts. As if getting murdered in a bar is a normal phenomenon.
The background story for the blue-purple flame, while absolutely amazing and impressive, clashes with what we already know of the story and our characters. No matter how I go about it, it’ll be a spoiler, so suffice it to say that the twist is perfect but not in harmony with the rest of the story. I suggest Henry Regnault work on this aspect of the story as well.
In its current state, I can’t give this book anything above 1 out of 4 stars. However, I believe if the author were to get the book professionally edited and consider the above suggestions, this book would receive marvelous reviews.
I have to repeat myself, as it is, I can’t recommend the book to anyone. However, if it is modified and improved, this book is excellent for fans of fantasy and science fiction. Though it has some gory and violent scenes, therefore, I don’t recommend it to very young readers.
The Three Witches and the Three Headed Dagger
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