(Disclaimer: I had originally typed this up at about 4 in the morning. I held off on actually publishing because this entire entry seemed harsh, even to me (and I wrote the dang thing). I even tried to read some more of the book to see if it got any better. It didn't, and as harsh as this is, obviously it's been posted. Please don't in any way shape or form think I am against people who self publish. I'm not. I applaud people who do. With that being said, I think if you are going to claim to own a publishing company, then at least make the effort to present it as reputable and have someone proof read and edit the material that's going to print so it doesn't look like a 3rd grader wrote it.)
I must be reading an entirely different book than the people on Amazon who reviewed Tower of Change by Tina M. Randolph. Seriously. Either that or maybe I've flown to another planet where I am the only sensible person in the entirety of the population.
I've read about 50 pages of the book and am no closer to finding out what's going on than I was on page 1. IMMEDIATELY the story drops you in to what seems like it should be the middle of the book. There's names thrown all over the place and I can't figure out what they are or where they are or even WHO they are. There's no descriptions given for ANY of the places that are being talked about. The main character is described as average height, athletic, and penetrating eyes I think. That's it.
The editing is horrendous. I've never seen a book so full of commas that DON'T BELONG AT ALL. I mean seriously. It's literally, like doing this, for absolutely, no reason what,soever. IE: "Delphi had entrusted Elazar with the most important duty, there was." Honestly, I couldn't believe that it had been published. And this is all within the first 50 pages remember?
I couldn't tell what time frame the book was supposed to be in. At first it seemed like one of those medieval fantasies. With castles and what not. But then one of the secondary characters is carrying a pen and a notebook in his "robes" and yet, at the beginning of the book another character is walking around reading parchemnts. Which is it? Parchment? Or actual notebook and pens? The dialogue goes back and forth between old time-y and modern. It's frustrating. I've given up trying to figure it out.
There are a ton of great concepts and ideas in the first 50 pages but NONE OF THEM are used past their description. If they're described at all. For instance... there's a summit to discuss what's been going on with changes in the eco-system and what not and how it's effecting the magic and the people/things on the planet. No one bothers to tell you that the planets name is Amunet. The name is just thrown out there and it's assumed you'll figure it out eventually.
The master wizards name was Sidoneas Elazar. In the course of one paragraph she calls him by his first and last name, then his first name, then his last name. I mean, pick one please. Because when you say 'Sidoneas looked at him. "Blahblahblah," said Elazar' it looks like you're talking about two different people.
The author illustrated the book (really dodgy pen sketches, the worst being some kind of tall glass of something, with photoshopped smoke coming out of it... oy), and even quoted herself at the beginning... umm... k. And then... THEN I found her facebook page and it all became clear to me. How this book managed to bulldoze its way in to print. She "owns" the "company" that published it. She quoted herself at the beginning of the book, which wouldn't have been an issue except she's taken quotes other people have said, mashed them together, and passed off the sentiment as her own. THEN she prefaced the first chapter with a "riddle" from Sidoneas Elazar that is just.... not a riddle. Most riddles you can look at for a while and finally go OOOOOH. And click, the lightbulb turns on. But this? No. Just... no.
I'm sorry, I really wanted to like the book. I was wicked excited to read it. It was an idea that I haven't really seen done before... she just couldn't pull it off. And I'm just so let down. I don't think I could recommend this as a read to anyone. There was zero editing done. There are a lot of grammatical errors (and I am, by no means, perfect... but SOME attempt at making it look professional would have been a good idea), a lot of punctuation mistakes, just... too much ridiculous stuff that it wasn't worth the effort. :-(