(I alternated the commentator ISP..4.1…1..1.1. This was listed four days ago.)
I’m so glad to see your book doing so well. I’m also glad you didn’t listen to the naysayers and let them defer you with their grumbling. You kept the course. That’s the hallmark of a true author. That’s how any author will make their book do well. You can’t spend all your time chattering with your online friends and posting pictures of your pets and expect your book to do well even if you are traditional published.
The main element I see pushing and propelling it, is that it is different. It’s isn’t about the supernatural elements so popular today. It’s new and different. The author pointed out there’s many more supernatural elements out there beside werewolves and vampires and a heck of a lot scarier. I for one was tired of the same scenario over and over in the paranormal genre. It’s very refreshing someone take the time to learn what else is out there. This was not a book which was quickly written.
Although, it’s a fictional it has a big healthy dash of realism in the work. I like the fact you wrote it as the world really is. You didn’t pacifier anything. I read some parts might offend a few who have never experienced life and think things are really as idea as they seems. But for us seasoned folks. We know exactly what you are talking about. That took courage. I’m glad you didn’t go overboard with the dystopian elements and turn it into the Walking Dead, Mad Max or the Apocalypse. I don’t think this fit into one particular genre. I have never read anything quite like it.
I found it new in how the book explained things in a way so many authors forget to explain regarding the traits of their characters and the character’s life. Which leaves the reader wondering how they accomplished such great feat with no resources? Even in fantasy you have to sound somewhat believable.
They never explained how the hero or heroine got back into the city of their birth to avenge the death of their loved ones. When the last you read about them they were a poor pauper in the streets or in a cave with the royal family loyal servant whom the evil king was seeking? How did they go from the impoverished youth in a cave to He-man in a matter of paragraphs?
And I’m glad you didn’t write elves let them in or fairies twinkled them into a guarded fortress. And thank you for not saying a dragon flew them in or they mysteriously learn karate and whipped everyone’s butt at the gate and burst in on the king who killed their father and killed him.
Another thing I noticed you rarely see in literature today. A truly noble heroine, so many heroine’s are depicted as some sort of impossible tough woman, man hater. This author portrayed that a woman can be tough when she needs to be tough but yet still be a lady.
Finally somebody wrote a story for grown ups. It’s about time. I must say it isn’t a story for anyone easily offended. But it worth the read. Congratulations. I look forward to the second installment.