Beta Issue 21

December 7, 2015

Review of Alaana’s Way: The Calling by Ken Altabef

by Brian Braden       Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars      

I can say so many great things about this novel, from the dialogue to the sweeping scenery to its solid editing. While I think Altabef succeeded bringing this ambitious vision to life, there were a few minor issues. Sometimes the switch between settings could be a bit jolting and confusing. Also, he often switched character perspectives from paragraph to paragraph, making the blending of the spiritual/physical characters difficult to sort out. It tended to slow down in a few places, too. While Alaana’s interactions with her family, tribe and spirit creatures were fascinating (and well written), about halfway through the book I wanted the overarching conflict to reveal itself more clearly and the story to progress.

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Doboro The Bottlenecker

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A man survives an assassination attempt and returns after rehabilitation as a blind street singer to anonymously protect his daughter from the malevolent forces which had nearly killed him.

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