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VG has a great premise, working from the first book he does a great job world building and an even better job of producing nothing. as part of a story this entire book, the events and everything can, should have been, reduced to about 3 hours. then he could have continued writing the story this promises and fails to provide.
I really like everything about this except for its severe lack of story and based on expectations from the first book, action. Don't bother with this until future parts have been released, this should have been the beginning of a longer book that just simply doesn't exist. The publishers should have held back till the fruit was ripe, Audible should have held off till more was available virtually immediately. instead if I want the actual story I am going to have to wait an undetermined amount of time, and this just doesn't convince me the waiting will be remotely worth it. I wish I could give the story 0 stars as there simply isn't one to rate.
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First, I want to start off saying that the first book in this series (Ink Mage) is amazing. A great 5 star novel. Wonderful world building, interesting plot, great characters (for the most part), and chalked full of fulfilled promises. This...I don't know what this is. A lengthy unedited first quarter of an unfinished first draft? There is no real plot (at most we're only given a small portion), no character growth, and absolutely no fulfilled...anything. I really can't imagine why Mr. Gischler decided to release this in its current state or how an editor could sign off on this as a whole. Don't get me wrong, this isn't the stereotypical, "this book has a cliffhanger so I'm going to whine about it not having a proper ending" review. I'm fine with cliffhangers. The giant problem here is that there wasn't enough story to have a cliffhanger. This ending was more of a: "plateausitter." We barely made it to the second act. Honestly, the best word to describe how I feel after 10 hours devoted to this piece, of writing, is: unsatisfied. I don't know if I'll read the 3rd installment; maybe after reading a lot of reviews first.
PS. Fiona Hardingham did an amazing job narrating, as usual!
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