4 Star Review of Path to Vengeance by Billi Tiner

Lots of sci-fi action! September 16, 2012

4 Star Review posted on Amazon By Billi Tiner
Format:Kindle Edition
‘Path to Vengeance’ is the first book in The Guardian series. This is a sci-fi adventure that centers around an elite pilot, Grogaan, and his three friends. Grogaan’s greatest desire it to be accepted into his nation’s pilot training program, so that he can join in protecting his planet from the relentless attacks of the Krelathans raiders.

`Path to Vengeance’ is a well-written story with a lot of aerial combat sequences. Cann does a good job of developing the characters. As a reader, you understand what motivates Grogaan, and why his friends are so loyal to him. Some of the sections in the middle of the story got a little bogged down, but overall it flowed very well. The story is a mixture of science fiction and fantasy. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy this genre.

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A 5 Star Review of Sorcerer’s Duel by Jamie Hall

Sorcerers Duel by W H Cann reviewed

Hi all.

Some of you may know that this is the second book in the Guardian series by W H Cann and if you don’t know that you can read my review of the first book here.

Now i would just like to say that i loved the first novel but a few minor problems held it back from being a 5 star read.

My concerns were as follows;

“Some paragraphs and even some entire scenes simply aren’t necessary and it would really make the novel much easier to read if they were wiped out or drastically streamlined. Some points of the novel drag on needlessly and the slog of reading it threatened to halt my progress altogether.”

I am glad to say that Cann contacted me about said issues and took the ideas on board and has released a newer, much more streamlined version, that is a simple joy to read.

His second novel in the Guardian series has benefited from a more vicious edit and is a fast paced gem. But i get a little ahead of myself. Here’s the review.

Synposis

“Having survived the Battle of Mabraant and with no system in the quadrant safe to settle on, Grogaan leads his friends on a new adventure deep into the heart of the neighbouring Ladorran Quadrant.

After being reunited with his soul-mate, Grogaan and Ellarna meet the famous Guardian Master Sorann Taggash. The Master confirms Grogaan’s adeptness in magic, and although Grogaan already knew Ellarna was also adept in magic, she was surprised when Sorann reveals the fact to her.

Grogaan and Ellarna under the supervision of Sorann, embark on a training programme to become Guardians. Grogaan’s skills develop swiftly but his emotional control due to past trauma and depression hinder his development. They take a short break to undertake a dangerous mission back to Mabraant, where Grogaan and Kopaz Squadron tempt fate to the limits, and deal another painful strike to the Empire.

During a visit to a neighbouring planet, Grogaan discovers a long forgotten underground installation that contains a sinister secret. It is this discovery, together with Grogaan’s powerful emotions, that sets off a chain reaction that has sinister, dire and tragic consequences. This impacts not only on the lives of Grogaan and many other individuals, but also on their progressing relationships, culminating in a spectacular duel between two powerful sorcerers.”

Comment

For me the previous novel always lacked that emotional punch which can really make a novel a standout classic. Thankfully this novel has a big suckerpunch of emotion concealed within its pages (or should i say the casing of my kindle?).

From the get go i found Grogann to be a much more engaging and loveable character than i ever did in Path to Vengeance. In the first novel i don’t think i would have cared if he’d have died but in Sorcerers Duel i wanted him to live and succeed and live to fight another day.

But its not just the characters which are better in the second outing, everything is damn well better. The writing is quicker and more fluid, the dialogue more realistic and flowing rather than stilted and forced affair that i struggled through in the first novel.

Suffice to say this novel is better in every aspect. The characters are more developed, better refined and more likeable. For me personally the story line was more fun, more action packed and with a much quicker sense of pace than the original. Cann himself seems more comfortable with the futuristic fantasy world he has created, from reading the novel i get the sense that the writing has come easier the second time around, that the characters are slightly clearer and the universe slightly more colourful in his mind.

From reading this novel and comparing it with the first one it is as though i am looking literary evolution in the face. I have witnessed not only the evolution of a fantasy world but also the evolution of the author behind it. Cann has come on leaps and bounds since the first novel and has created an almost flawless gem for all his trouble.

I don’t want to give anything away from this novel as i think you need to read and experience the gems of the Guardian series for yourself.

You can get a copy of Sorcerers Duel here and the revised edition of Path to Vengeance here.

I am very pleased to say that That Fantasy Blog gives Sorceres Duel

Thank you W H Cann for such a fantastic novel. I look forward to your future work.

4 Star Review on Path to Vengeance by Jamie Hall

Path to Vengeance (The Guardians) by W H Cann Reviewed

Posted by Jamie Hall on

This book was a rather entertaining read for me. As a lover of almost anything science-fiction I have read any book I can my hands on this genre and while Path to Vengeance may not be a standout classic it is an above average read and well worth a look.

One problem I did have with this book, however, is the opening. The first few scenes of the novel feel rather wooden and lax in any emotion whatsoever. It is until the back story is told that I feel any emotion towards Grogaan. But when the story settles down and finds its pace Grogaan is a very likeable chap. Torn apart by grief and guilt he mourns the deaths that have ripped his life apart and understandably wants to seek his revenge on the raiders responsible.

Outfitting four ships for him and his friends Grogaan gets close to taking his revenge. Then he discovers he is in fact a wizard. Yes you heard me a WIZARD. Now like me you may immediately think of a Jedi and in a manner I guess the Jedi’s may have been the inspiration behind this development.

But after finishing the novel I think it is something different. This is a fantasy novel filled with magic but set in the future. Take any fantasy novel and move it forward a few thousands years and this is it.

Not only does this novel have magic wielding Wizards but there is enough tech in here to make an apple fan boy salivate with jealousy. From laser cannons and light-speed engines this novel has any tech a sci-fi geek like me could want.

The only thing I could want to make this novel that all important five stars is another edit or two. Some paragraphs and even some entire scenes simply aren’t necessary and it would really make the novel much easier to read if they were wiped out or drastically streamlined. Some points of the novel drag on needlessly and the slog of reading it threatened to halt my progress altogether. Soldiering through though and the prize is well worth it. Beneath some points of poorly edited text this novel is a shining gem and it was a real pleasure to read.

I am looking forward to the next novels in the series and I’m confident that the more W H Cann writes about this universe the better and easier it will come to read.

I thank Cann for this novel it was an enjoyable read and I congratulate you on the finished product.

Path to Vengeance: A Review by J Turner

4.0 out of 5 stars a cracking read!,16 Jan 2012 on Amazon.co.uk
This review is from: Path to Vengeance (The Guardians) (Kindle Edition)

It’s not my normal read, but ‘Path to Vengeance’ had me gripped from the start. This sci-fi adventure with a dollop of romance was incredibly well written, with plot arcs coming at regular intervals and well fleshed out characters that lifted off the page. There’s also enough tech – spec to keep any sci fi nerd happy! What I liked best though, was the thrilling adventure that reminded me of the ‘boys own’ type yarns of yore, as perfected by H.Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, placed in a fresh, modern setting and told with verve and aplomb. The only reason I gave it four stars, not five, was because it seems to be part of a trilogy and left me dangling… though not disappointed! The cover art also deserves praise, as it is pretty good – unlike many ebooks, there has obviously been a lot of care taken by the author to present a professional novel. Recommended!