Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review of A Dream of Storms

I have read a good deal of fantasy in my life and I will tell you that A Dream of Storms is not what I expected. Honestly, it was better.

There are many things to keep going in any fantasy genre to suspend your belief for a few moments here and there and William does it like a pro. This novel is on par with anything in the genre for sale today in my opinion. His characters have depth, emotion, and motivations and the journey is worth it.

From the beginning, William pulls you in with vivid imagery, emotional scenes and likeable characters. One thing I look for in a fellow writer are characters with which you can relate on certain levels and William does this nicely. Even more of a credit to his writing is the detailed landscapes and settings. His scenes and descriptions paint a picture of imaginative storytelling on par with the best of the best.

His story takes twists and turns that are a bit out of the ordinary and add to the overall enjoyment of the story’s progression. Just when you assume you understand a character’s motivations, he tosses in a twist that throws you for a loop! All of the characters are well-written and unique, with as much depth as is necessary, which is to Mr. Kenney’s credit. Trying to keep everything straight in an imaginary world can be a challenging task and he does this flawlessly. I will not spoil the ending of book 1, but it certainly is a cliff hanger! I am looking forward to breaking out book 2, which he just released called Shards of S’Darin.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars! Well done!

See you in Wothlondia! Cheers!

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Cover art on Distant Familiarity provided by William Kenney!

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  1. Thank you for your kind words, Gary. I am very happy that you enjoyed A Dream of Storms and hope that Shards of S'Darin lives up to your expectations as well.

  2. You are most welcome, sir! It is good writing and should be read. Hopefully more people will see your quality work. They say the cream eventually rises to the top, so have faith!

  3. I haven't finished reading Dream of Storms yet, but I already agree with the 5 star rating you've given it, Gary. As you say, the characters are deep and rounded. That's what makes a book, in my opinion.