Here at BookEater HQ we receive dozens of requests a week to review books for authors, some self-published and some conventionally published. Often we will receive the book for free in return for the review. This does not guarantee a positive review- our hard and fast rule is that any review we post on the website must be honest and not influenced by the method we receive the book. For the most part this is not an issue- even books I have not enjoyed particularly have had positives to write about in my reviews; I have been able to review honestly and yet not solely negatively.
The Orb of Truth by Brae Wyckoff was a book I received for free in exchange for an honest review and it has been a difficult book to review. I have struggled right up to the posting deadline with what to write- I am aware that for authors sending their novels out into the world for judgement, this is a huge deal for them- negative reviews will hurt- and yet I have to be honest.
The fact is that this was a book that I could not finish. I have had the book for some time and have tried to read it several times because sometimes you’re just not in the mood for a particular type of book. I made the decision today that I was not going to read any more.
The rest of this review will therefore be quite short as I have not read the entire book. My reasons for not finishing are as follows:
- I found the language used to be overly descriptive to the detriment of the meaning of the sentence. There was little left to the imagination and even the act of smoking a cigarette was described in great detail.
- I found the characters to be generic and the story overly full of the standard fantasy tropes- A grumpy dwarf, a heroic halfing, a dark lord manipulating puppet kings etc
- I found the dialogue to be cliched and stilted. Conversations were unnatural and nobody ever just ‘said’ anything, they whispered or growled or exclaimed or muttered etc.
I should note that there are a number of good reviews for this book on both Good Reads and Amazon so maybe there is something I am missing. I will leave it up to you as to whether you want to find out.