Saturday, May 18, 2013

Review of Awakening Evarun by Tom Barczak

A thief named Talus hides among the ruins of Galadash. Hunted by the wizards and dragons who rule there, he escapes with the help of a boy who is more than what he seems, and who opens the door to the greatest adventure Talus has ever known.
So begins Awakening Evarun Part I of VI. Awakening Evarun is a serial novel. Part II of VI will be coming soon.





4 stars

Awakening Evarun is the first part in a seven part series.  It tells the story of a man hiding on the streets trying to avoid the attention of the wizards who rule and their dragons.  When he is noticed by their minions a young boy leads him to "safety" and beings to change his life dramatically.

This is the first book I have read the is broken into serialized portions and I don't think it works really well for me.  The story just starts to get going and this chapter ends.  I will say that I was starting to get interested in the story and I'm very curios to see where it goes, but I really dislike waiting for sequels and it seems like this series will have a lot of that.  If the book is released at a single unit after all of the smaller sections are released I would be interested in picking that up.  Overall 3.5 stars for the enjoyment of the story and the less enjoyable format of the release.

2 comments:

  1. Some folks like serialization, but I'm not one of them, either. If authors fast and consistent, it can make a difference.

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    1. The appeal of serialization is that the author can get portions of the book out to their readers before other portions are completely done. The question then becomes, is this a good idea not just from a marketing stand-point but from a literary stand-point. Stories change and evolve on their own, so is it smart to release a part 1 of 6 if by there is a danger that by the time part 6 is fully complete and released, the story will have changed thus altering the siccinctivity of the work as a whole. If it is being released as a serialization even though future parts are already complete... why?

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