Monday, June 3, 2013

Beholders: Insight. A Review

Many thanks go to Terron James and Jolly Fish press for giving me an advance copy of Insight which came out on June 1st!



Let me start by saying I read this before Jolly Fish had it (one benefit of being a beta reader) and wow, some of the changes blew me away. The writing was new realm of awesome with some really powerful imagery mingled in. Certain scenes were switched around to make the story stronger, and it worked really well.

I still believe being a Beholder is one of the coolest forms of magic ever thought of, and Terron did a great job of making the reader feel like they were suffering along with Lon as he struggled to control everything happening to him. The contrast between Appernysia and the Rayders gave a great sense of tension with the perfect action packed ending. The cliffhanger at the end still gave me chills even though I've read part of book two (Take that, suckers!)


I've said all this good stuff even though this really isn't my type of book. I never finished reading Lord of the Rings (go ahead, stone me) becasue of some of the same things that bothered me with Insight. It starts slow,  taking time to get into the world and understand the characters, it doesn't mean the story as a whole isn't worth it, I just have hard time with it.

In general, if you like Lord of the Rings, and can't get enough of high fantasy worlds, this is your book.

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Congrats on your launch Terron! I'll see you at the release party on Saturday :)

14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Most high fantasy has a big setup, so good for you for sticking it out and enjoying the book.

ilima said...

That's the reason I'm not a huge high fantasy fan, my attention span is lacking, lol. Hello, YA. :)

Julie Luek said...

I just love learning about new books, even if it's a genre I don't typically read. Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

Glad you enjoyed this read. Enjoy the launch party! I have yet to attend one of those, but they seem like lots of fun:)

Nicole said...

I'm in the "can't get enough of high fantasy" camp, so this one might need to go on the TBR list. ;)

Emily R. King said...

This sounds like a great high fantasy. Thanks for the rec!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I enjoyed it. I'm interested in what Lon's sister does in the next book.

John Wiswell said...

Is this a Beholder in the D&D sense, or does James use the word for something else? Because being a giant eye monster would be pretty wild.

Heather Holden said...

Great review! I'm not really into Lord of the Rings, but Insight still intrigues me, so I'll have to keep an eye out for it...

Angela Brown said...

I'm a LOTR fanatic so this sounds like something right up my alley. Thanks for sharing this novel with us today.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I didn't finish The Hobbit that I borrowed from the library (repeatedly), so you're not alone. David Powers turned me on to Insight and I plan to get a copy as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing your thoughts J.A. and I'm so jealous you've read part of book 2 already.

Suzi said...

I haven't read a ton of high fantasy. And I didn't finish LOTR either, even though I loved the movies. But 1000+ pages is a little daunting. :)

nutschell said...

great giveaway! And that book cover is intriguing-- so is the story:)
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Morgan said...

Doesn't sound like a book I'd normally pick up, but I'm always willing to try new genres! :D