Monday, 1 February 2016

BOOK REVIEW: CORSANA THE PHALANX SYNDICATE - CHARLES WELLINGTON II

A COPY OF THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO ME BY THE AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT EFFECT MY OPINION IN ANY WAY.
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TITLE: Corsana:  the phalanx syndicate
AUTHOR: Charles Wellington II
RELEASE DATE: February 2015
GOODREADS: x
AMAZON: x

SYNOPSIS:
CK―Christopher Knight―has a secret, he’s a psionic; a human with the ability to will things to happen with the power of his mind. And while he has kept to the shadows, Christopher has always dreamt about being a hero. But hanging from the ceiling of a cave being tortured, and getting his face pummeled by an orc, wasn’t part of the dream.

When merchant ships start capsizing off the coast of Corsana, the port city mayor of Asic is forced to put out the call for adventurers to investigate. Seeing his chance at hand, CK leaps into the fire. Thrust into a hodge-podge group of unknown, untested, mercenaries―each with their own agendas for being there―CK must train, trust, and risk everything to become the hero he wants to be.

Before him lies an unknown destiny, but as that destiny begins to reveal itself, and a villain to focus on emerges, the eyes of a powerful presence―far greater than any he could have imagined―will be drawn to him; that is, if he can survive. And in a world teeming with goblins, orcs, giant, and dragons, and danger lurking around every corner, all odds are against him!


MY THOUGHTS:
Corsana: The Phalanx Syndicate starts with a bang, with the main character literally being tortured, and it doesn't let up from there. It's an extremely compelling and entertaining read that sucked me straight into its world and didn't let go until the last page. The story is kind of typical for the genre (if you've read a lot of fantasy, you're probably going to know where the plot is going), but the setting and characters really made it stand out for me.

I loved the dynamics and the friendship between the group of main characters. In fact, I love any story that has that kind of rag-tag group of characters who are forced together and eventually become friends, so I was very happy to see it in this book. There were a lot of characters, but all of them were unique and interesting.

The world of Corsana is so complex and interesting, and I really enjoyed learning all about the different aspects of it. I could really tell how much thought and effort the author had put into developing the world and it added a whole new level of epicness to the story for me. Unfortunately, the world was so complex that sometimes there was just too much information to take in at once. Whilst I loved learning so much about this setting, the paragraphs full of explanations did get a little bit much for me and slowed the story down, especially at the beginning of the novel. It's a relatively long book, and I thought that maybe some of the exposition could have been cut down.

Charles Wellington II's writing is very engaging and fast paced, which fits perfectly with the story he tells in this book. At times I felt the writing sounded slightly juvenile, more middle-grade than young adult, but this honestly didn't take away from my enjoyment of the novel as a whole. The author is particularly good at writing magical action scenes, and the story was full of those! The fight scenes were definitely my favourite part of the book (who isn't a sucker for magical battles, right?) and they were really exciting and well written.

IN CONCLUSION:
Corsana: The Phalanx Syndicate is a compulsively readable and irresistibly engaging fantasy story, with a detailed world and a group of main characters I couldn't help but love. I did have a few problems with the writing, but I really enjoyed it overall and I would definitely recommend it to any fans of the fantasy genre.

4/5 STARS

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