Monday, 6 May 2013

Redemption: Chronicles of Caldor by Eric Rappe Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Eric Rappe

Genre
Fantasy, Adventure

Synopsis

Caldor: A country ravaged for decades by fear and uncertainty.In an attempt to undo the wrongs of the tyrannical king, Arken murdered his own father, and took the crown for himself. It was not long before King Arken fell into the same trappings of power that had consumed his father.Now; many years later the burden of freedom must fall on someone else.Torn between loyalty to his king, and love for his country, Sir Robert Betram must make a choice. Obey his sworn fealty, or take back the country he so loves.His journey will take many unexpected turns. Not only does Robert need to free Caldor from these chains of fear, he must also deal with a new and deeply personal situation. Love.

Review

I have read a hell of a lot of fantasy books since I started this review blog and I have been really lucky in that I am yet to read a bad one.  Yes some have been better than others but they have all been good in their own right.

Does this one keep the momentum going?

Yes it certainly does.

Normally in fantasy novels, they go one of two ways.  On one hand you have the 'hack and slash' action ones where there is next to no character development and then you have the others that have great characters but the story itself doesn't seem to go anywhere.

Here, Rappe comes very close to hitting a perfect balance with his first release.

I won't tell you too much about the story itself because there are some great twists and turns and I don't want to spoil them for you.  But Caldor is a place ruled by a tyrannical king and now Sir Robert Betram has to chose between following the king and trying to fix the various wrongs the kingdom is facing.

The characters are really well written.  I'll admit that there were a couple of characters that I would have liked to have seen a little more of but that's probably going to happen in the next installment in what is hopefully going to be a long series of adventures for Sir Robert Betram.

As for Betram, I really like the character.  For once there's a hero that isn't perfect.  He makes mistakes.  He makes poor choices but there is a real heart to the character.  That made a nice change to have a hero that had while he wasn't averse to jumping in to the action, he always seemed to have his own reasoning and motives instead of just doing things to fill the book with action.

I would have liked to have seen a little more of the corrupt king himself too.  While he is an integral part of the story itself, it just felt like he could have been used more but that's a minor complaint about a well written and well paced story.

For a debut novel, this is a superb 'page turner' of a fantasy novel.  The 278 pages seem to really fly by while you are reading and ends in such a way that you just can't wait to see where the characters are going to go next.  Well worth picking up.

Story 4/5
Characters 3.5/5
Recommended 4/5
Overall 11.5/15

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