Legend and Myth|| A. D. Broadby

Legend and Myth (Gate to an Ancient Realm) by A. D. Broadby

#1 in series

619 pages

Fantasy

Release date: 25 April 2019

DNF 10%

Synopsis:

Seven winged warriors known as the Kyra… One innocent girl fighting for her life…

In a time when the Dragons roam and the War-dogs rage, the call of the Enarie Light has awoken the power of the Prophecy’s Truth.
The threat of war is brewing and across the Land of Men wielders of sword and sorcery ready their weapons for battle, while the Kyra race against time and shadow in search of the Prophecy’s Truth.

For Ava of Ellie’dew, the arrival of the Kyra in her homeland marks the beginning of a perilous journey, one that may decide her fate but one she must endure for the sake of all that she holds dear.

With only the Guardians of the Light and Baleden, one would-be knight, standing between her freedom and the demons of darkness, Ava must traverse invaded lands to reach the Gate to the Ancient Realm before all hope is lost.

Can the girl with crystal eyes outrun the darkness that hunts her? She is, after all, just a simple village lass… is she not?

My Thoughts:

I’m going to be brutally honest. I have no idea what the story is about. I don’t know who the main players are. I don’t even remember most of what I read.

Why? Because the writing is stilted, repetitive and riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. I spent the whole time I was reading it highlighting and correcting all the mistakes.

For me, a book can be lacking in worldbuilding, it can have a predictable plot, or it can have poorly developed characters. But it cannot have this many basic writing mistakes that could have been fixed by a copy editor. I can force my way through a book lacking in other areas, but I can’t force myself to read a novel with poor editing for entertainment purposes. The fact is, this is more like a draft of a potentially amazing high fantasy novel, rather than the finished product.

So regarding the plot, the characters, and the worldbuilding I have no negative comments. I didn’t read enough to be able to comment on these aspects meaningfully, and it is a shame, because I think it’s important to support self-published authors. Unfortunately this novel just missed the mark. Should the author revise and redistribute this book at a later date, I would definitely give it another chance.

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