New Release Review: King of Ashes

KingofAshes

itle: King of Ashes
Author: Raymond El. Feist
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Book 1
Page Count: 460
Pages Read: 159
Rated: 3.2/5 stars
Type of Book: Library, Hardback, New Release

This is the first time I’ve ever read something by the famous author, just as he’s diving back into the fantasy genre and bringing us a fresh new fantasy for us to enjoy. Or so that’s what a lot of people are claiming. I managed about a hundred and sixty pages, before I gave up being bored with the characters. The first bit about the man, Declan, being given a baby that was meant to be slaughtered along with the rest of his family of the Firemane kingdom was fascinating, but then I grew rapidly bored from there. I WANTED to like this book more than I did.
I liked the characters, but there just didn’t seem to be anything going on that really caught my interest. Hati, the boy who was sent away as a baby thanks to Declan helping him to live, is living on an island where he’s being trained in the arts of trickery and deceit, spying and survival. He has two best friends, an anger issue, and a teacher. It was interesting enough to keep reading up to that point, in which case his teacher wants him to go and observe, and check things out about the city, and the people-see if he sees anything unusual. Hati sees strange characters and attempts to not get caught as he makes his way back to his teacher, who is pretending to be a false monk.
I don’t know why, but the story just didn’t grab me, and hold me tight. Perhaps its because I’m tired of the old ‘everyone betrays everyone’ plot that keeps cropping up. The sheer amount of blood and death in the first few chapters didn’t help much either. I get that it’s about the world-building, and using familiar clichés like baby survives a mass slaughter and comes back to kill those that betrayed his family, but it’s just not the type of thing that I thought I would enjoy reading. While the writing is done well enough, and the characters are interesting…
It just didn’t click with me.
And for that reason, I give the story 3.2 out of 5 stars. I hate giving books low ratings, because I know it hurts the author. But I’m sorry, I’ve vowed to give my honest opinion, and this is how I feel about this book: bored.
Hopefully my next book will prove to be an infinitely better read, and from an author I know and love.
Until then,
-Pass Me That Book

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