Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Review: The War Horn

(picture taken from Jake's website)

I received a free copy of The Warn Horn from J. Tobias Buller, or Jake, in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Jake.

The book had a solid storyline. The plot went logically from one point to the next, and the decisions and events were reasonable and not unrealistic.

I think that the book could have been better proofread; I found quite a few places where there were words that weren't quite used properly, and some grammatical errors. But that was not very common, and I probably noticed some of them only because I was reading the book to review it.

Some of the scenes seemed cliched. At the climax there was a scene that seemed similar to a scene from Star Wars. This was only a short part though, and it (I think, I can't remember exactly what happened in SW) ended with a different outcome.

Those negative points aside, however, the book was a good read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jake has obviously thought about the story and the parts in it, and his done his research. I was surprised about the Holy Grail being a wooden bowl, but then as a character points out, that is the most realistic scenario.

The story had a good moral and spiritual storyline. John started off as not respecting his parents' wishes, and made some bad decisions throughout the story, but is redeemed at the end.

There is no swearing in the book; the only references to that are in saying that one character simply 'cursed'.

The story closes well, finishing the story satisfactorily, while leaving the door open for a sequel.

Overall, this was a great book for Jake's first try, and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good read. 5 stars.

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