I was pleasantly surprised but this short! I’ve read quite a bit of self-published work lately and this ranks up there with some of the best I’ve read. Of course, it helps that this is Sword & Sorcery…a favorite of mine. 😉
There were a few things that bothered me – the section when D’Arden meets the old man felt a little off and I would have liked a bit more depth in some places.
One of the things I would have liked to have seen given greater explanation was the magic system. I do realize that this short story is prequel to a full trilogy but I feel that each portion needs to be able to stand alone. In this story the magic isn’t explained – it’s taken for granted that the reader had some prior knowledge of the series.
What does it mean to publish exclusively on Kindle?
When you choose KDP Select for a book, you’re committing to make the digital format of that book available exclusively through KDP. During the period of exclusivity, you cannot distribute your book digitally anywhere else, including on your website, blogs, etc. However, you can continue to distribute your book in physical format, or in any format other than digital. See the KDP Select Terms and Conditions for more information.
While I’m sure that being a part of the KDP Select program is great for authors – shoot, I found him cause it was free for a limited amount of time and a friend told me to go grab the free book – it’s a pain in the ass for me as a reader. I don’t own a Kindle. I own a Kobo Touch, a Sony T1, an iPhone and a computer. You would think this was enough, right? I guess not. Amazon’s DRM does not allow me to read purchases on my dedicated reading devices. While I have no problem reading shorts on my iPhone (my only kindle enabled tech) reading full length novels isn’t quite the same thing. SO while I have plans to read this entire series…the fact that I can’t read it in E-Ink right now is going to put a major kink in those plans.
All in all – Recommended!