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The Dragon Gem (Korin's Journal) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 14. Dezember 2013


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HASH(0x92a143b4) von 5 Sternen Hang on to your hat - this is a real roller coaster ride! 23. Mai 2012
Von Linda Baumann - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I generally do not read fantasy, although I loved the Harry Potter series. However, it was as if a giant hand snatched me into The Dragon Gem and would not let go until I had read every word. I love the characters and the total excitement Brian Beam has created. Korin is a very believable character with a great sense of humor and a familiarness that tugs at the heartstrings. On a quest for the truth, he is alternately chased by monsters and his inner demons, all the while having a great sense of humor and caring for his friends. Max is one of the greatest characters ever (I can say that about a wizard cat, right?) and I loved him! This book has everything - fantasy, romance, battles with monsters, family ties, wizardry, and it's a total roller coaster all the way. I do have to say that if the book were properly edited I feel that it would be a runaway bestseller. I chose not to address those concerns here and am just speaking to the content of the book. Mr. Beam is a witty writer and his characters spring from the page and become your best friends. You care what happens to them and root for them to overcome obstacles and find what they are searching for. I was a bit let down by the end, but again, it was due to editing and I cannot give less credence to the story because of it. Good job all around Mr. Beam. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series - you have hooked me on fantasy!
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HASH(0x92a14504) von 5 Sternen Great story, humor, wit, characters = Great read! 5. September 2012
Von LovethemBuckeyes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I have read over 480 fantasy type books (yes, I keep a list). I laughed out loud numerous times and didn't want to put it down. I really hope the author offers a follow-on book, I will be watching for one to come available. I don't offer reviews often... Only on books that I really enjoyed and to encourage talented new authors to continue writing. From his brief Bio, I thought it was interesting that his favorite authors are some of mine as well. I believe there were some formating issues that caused abnormally small text (had a select a large text on kindle), and acting like the book was at it's end a few times halfway through some pages that clearly wasn't the end (requiring you to go back to the menu and re-select the book) I have a kindle touch 3G and had not experienced this problem before. Could have been a particular version of the book or my kindle.......
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HASH(0x92a14474) von 5 Sternen A $3 book in which I got what I paid for. 13. August 2012
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Things I liked:

It has a talking cat, dragons, a [spoiler omitted], a halfling thief, and an incompetent mage. Sure, I've been here before, but that's a fun story with some entertaining twists along the way.

Things I didn't like:

The actual file has major issues (font sizes are set to be super tiny, around 45% the kindle kept telling me "book is done!" on attempting to turn the page, and there are frequent errors in page displays where text is cut off after the end of a paragraph and requires a bit of page flipping back and forth to figure out what is missing).

Rules Lawyers Will Be Shot is a plot device of irritating proportions.

Frequent occurrences of (god name)-blooded (insult) followed by (this god is the god of [thing]). Sure, it was funny once or twice, but as a running gag it falls flat on its face. In fact most of the explanation of world rules and macguffin mechanics is tacked on, failing to fit in with the story and kicking the reader out of the narrative.
HASH(0x92a145d0) von 5 Sternen An amazing journey! 6. Februar 2015
Von Hugo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been meaning to write this review and finally got a chance to do it.

A warrior by the name of Korinalis Karell is obligated by the magic of an Activated Contract (more on that later) to seek a certain gem for a Count Galius Firmon while searching for the parents he never knew. Sounds like a pretty straightforward adventure, except it's not. Brian weaves a wonderful storyline that gives you one layer of mystery that turns into another. Most things aren't what they seem to be, and the story quickly expands from the assumed premise to an altogether different one.

That are a lot of things I like here. The story is mostly written in first person through the eyes of Korinalis (hence I'm assuming the subtitle, "Korin's Journal"), which can be challenging, since this type of story format can sometimes be limited based upon the knowledge of the main character with what is happening around him/her, but Brian makes it works well. Korin's befuddlement becomes our befuddlement, and you feel like you are literally accompanying him on his adventure, learning the clues that build upon bigger clues alongside him. Also, the concept of a Contract was unique - the magic involved in creating it, the safeguards built around those involved, its Activation, and its Terms were all great ideas.

Next you have the supporting characters - we have Salmaea the female wizard (Sal), 'Til the Kolarin thief, and Max. Each has a unique voice, motivation, and personality without sounding generic which can happen with fantasy supporting casts (i.e., "wizard", check, "thief", check). They could easily have become ciphers, mere background devices to fill a page or chapter, but in this case, their interplay and own needs are clearly defined, and you start to care for these characters - another example of good writing.

Max is of course my favorite, even outshining Korin, in my opinion. Another layer of mystery surrounds this magical wizard cat (did I forget to mention Max was a cat?) and without giving away any spoilers, let's just say there is a lot more to him than meets the eye.

With Korin's exposition, again you risked having a dry and overly detailed explanation for events and situations to keep the reader informed on all of the introduced concepts. There is a lot of fleshing out of concepts for the reader to understand, but nothing that sounds artificial or forced. Brian has some fun with Korin and Max. You can't beat a magic cat telling his companion he's an "Averinax-blooded lunkhead", and Korin's colorful dialogue of "They just didn't know that they'd gotten their asses kicked by a cat." cracked me up.

To tell more of the story and the additional characters met would be giving away a lot of what the story builds up to. Suffice to say the story isn't over yet! More Korin, more Max, please!
HASH(0x92a14c30) von 5 Sternen Definitely worth a look 10. Juli 2012
Von Michael Benner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Korin has no idea who he is, where he came from or why he's where he is and the story revolves around resolving those issues. He has a wizard who doesn't look like a wizard ( or a person for that matter ) as a sarcastic mentor and posseses an exceptional talent for letting his mouth get him into all kinds of trouble. With Korin the phrase "no good deed goes unpunished" definitely applies. Not only does Korin have a complete set of problems of his own, but so do all the other characters and Korin manages to add his to theirs creating a progressively more and more complicated soup. The editing in the book is very good compared to some I've seen, with only a very few errors so I didn't get that jarring feeling you get when you're reading along and suddenly hit a section of the book that rips your attention away because the words are misused, misspelled, or out of order. It's definitely worth giving this author a try.
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