#Bookreview @ElementalRancor: A Chronicle of Consequence by Charles Lominec

Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle of ConsequenceElemental Rancor: A Chronicle of Consequence by Charles Lominec

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle of Consequence is a fantasy tale. The Zangava Empire is about to be turned into turmoil after a far away star explodes and disappears. The shock waves from the explosion send ripples to the Empire and unbalance the equilibrium which exists.

The Empire is currently held together by the elements air, fire, water, earth and many sub-elements like flesh all having a consciousness which the special tutors tap into to maintain the balance. However with the ripples from the star changes occur and new people seek to control the elemental powers.

The book opens with us meeting Sarnen, a sea captain who is transporting valuable Reptadon eggs. Sarnen and his family have their own storyline within the book. The Empire uses many different dinosaurs to help protect the empire. There is also a mix of other interesting fantasy creatures and peoples as the storm seers attempt to take over control of the elements.

There is a huge cast of characters, one worthy of an epic film and for my own enjoyment this detracted from the storyline, as I was unsure which were to be main characters and worthy of remembering and which could be passed by. I felt like I was watching this book from afar rather than being there with the action. The book is also packed with a vast adventure and I struggled to keep in touch with all the storylines. I think the book would benefit from a slim down with a focus on the main characters, I knew their names but I lacked the pictures of them in my head. More vivid descriptions of characters and their characteristics would really make this book pop.

Overall lots of new ideas for the fantasy market, perhaps a bit of slimming would help give the story a chance in this popular genre.

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Good Deeds Challenge Year 2, Week 51

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I almost finished my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

April 5th – Easter Sunday. Finished The War before mine by Caroline Ross. With a character called Rosie I could hardly not read it.

April 6th – School holidays so its litter picking today as my Good Deed.

April 7th – I’m reading Elemental Rancour: A Chronicle of consequence by Charles Lominec A early morning walk and litter pick today.

April 8th – Busy with the family, tipped the barber and had a quick walk, picked up litter which was blowing around.

April 9th – The A to Z challenge is now into its second week, plenty of blogs to visit each day and share their posts.

April 10th – Started reading The Downunder Kid by Peter Clutterbuck, kidslit.

April 11th – An afternoon at the in-laws helping clear clutter ready for their house move. Still plenty more to go before the big day in a place with more than 200 years of this family’s occupation.