Aug 9, 2010
Book Review - The Hidden Sun
The Hidden Sun
~By J. Lloyd Morgan
Release Date: May 1, 2010
Content: Nothing offensive
The kingdom of Bariwon is at a crossroads. Ever since Eliana was born, she has been primed to become the kingdom's leader. But she is not to rule Bariwon alone. A contest of sorts, called the Shoginoc, is to be held when Eliana turns twenty one. The victor gains the right to marry Eliana and become king of Bariwon. Rumor has it that the favorite to win the Shoginoc is Daimh, son of malevolent Governor Abrecan. However, Eliana has fallen in love with her personal guardian, Rinan. She is torn between renouncing her title to be with the man she loves or marrying to keep the kingdom out of the hands of those who would rule it unjustly. A plan is hatched to keep her in power while allowing her to marry Rinan, but little does she know the impact this deception will have on everyone in Bariwon for years to come.
Author J. Lloyd Morgan is an award winning television director. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications and a minor in English. Morgan has lived all over the United States, but now resides in North Carolina with his wife and four daughters. He is currently working on a sequel to The Hidden Sun.
Author's Website: http://www.jlloydmorgan.com
My Review: I'd like to get the unpleasantries out of the way first. Then I'll move on to the parts I liked and loved.
First of all, I think this book could have benefited from a professional editor. As a writer, I found myself wanting to reach for my little red pen to mark the missed words, mistakes in spelling and places where the point of view of the characters switched back and forth in the same scene--sometimes the same paragraph. Although a little annoying, I was able to look past them and move through the story.
The other thing that I found distracting was the use of strange names. Although very creative and sometimes beautiful, I found that trying to pronounce most of them drew me out of the story and was, at times, frustrating. It wasn't until I was about 3/4 of the way through the book that I went to the author's blog and discovered he actually has a key on how to pronounce the names. Go HERE to take a look. If you choose to read this book, which you should, go there first. Very helpful.
Now that I have that out of the way, I have to tell you that this was a very enjoyable read. I loved the way the author weaved the events together in little snippets, giving me a full view of the story through different character's eyes. I loved and hated the characters, which is a good thing. Each was portrayed in such a way that it brought those love/hate feelings out about them and made me either cheer for them or want them destroyed. I do have to admit, however, that when certain characters were killed off in the book, I was not happy. I wanted them to find happiness and live the life they hoped for. But as the story progressed I realized that their deaths were necessary in order for the bad guys to get what they deserved and for the real "happily ever after" ending to materialize. It isn't often that the ending of a book brings tears to my eyes, but this one did.
All in all, this was a great read and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good medieval tale. J. Lloyd Morgan is an excellent story teller with a vivid imagination. The twists and turns woven within the story kept me wanting more, especially toward the end when I could NOT put the book down.
If you're interested in purchasing this novel, click HERE.
Disclaimer: I occasionally receive books for review directly from authors and publishers at no cost to me. This in no way influences my opinion of the book. My review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by anyone in any way.