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The Castrofax (The Father of the Fifth Age Book 1) by [Van Vleet, Jenna]
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Gabriel never expected Princess Robyn to show up at his manor after word of her sudden disappearance. Because of his remarkable talent in wielding the elements, however, he is appointed her protector until she can take the throne, but word of his magical power slowly spreads to untrusting ears.
Imprisoned because his abilities constitute a threat, Gabriel fights for his freedom as Princess Robyn is forced to fight for her throne.
Only through learning the true meaning of strength can either of them be saved, but all power comes with a cost.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Edge Publishing (Nov. 17 2014)
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  • Language: English
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149 of 153 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfe4df8) out of 5 stars Needs more than spell-check to catch these errors Dec 26 2014
By Northward - Published on
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There is a lot that's good about this book. But at least for myself, there was one big negative. Other reviews have mentioned the spelling errors, but in fact, they aren't really spelling errors. They are instances of using the wrong words. Except for one case that I found, the error was in using words that sound the same, but are spelled differently. So if someone was reading the book to you, all would be well. If the only editing done was to run a spell-check, then they would be missed because they are properly spelled words. Here are some of the combinations I found. Passed/past. These words were consistently used incorrectly, one for the other. It became tiresome. Shudder/shutter, border/boarder, and gate/gait. The one that really had me stumped for a bit was when I came across 'synched' and finally realized it was supposed to be 'cinched.'

Here's why this matters. You're reading along at a particularly exciting part of the story. You're deep into it and can't wait to see what happens. Then you read 'he was certain it was passed midnight...' Wait, what? Something is wrong here. This doesn't make sense. The narrative comes to a screeching halt as you try to make sense of what your eyes are seeing. Oh, I see. It's supposed to be 'he was certain it was past midnight...' Ok, now where was I? If that happens a couple times in a book, I can live with that. But when it happens repeatedly throughout the story, well, let's just say it can get frustrating having to stop and figure out what the author is trying to say and then get back into the flow. Is this the same in the rest of the series? I'm not willing to pay to find out. As I said at the beginning, there is a lot that's good about this book and if it wasn't for these errors, I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing the next one. But I can't take it anymore.
57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfe6060) out of 5 stars Only a partial Jan. 25 2015
By josue - Published on
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It's as if the book was split into parts and the first part called "book one." There is no ending. Just a giant, not resolved in the least, cliffhanger! I have never read a series where the book is not at least partly resolved at the end. NOT worth reading. Good story though...
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfe6024) out of 5 stars at first the book started out great, and I got excited about reading a good ... Jan. 25 2015
By Panda - Published on
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Very frustrating and dis-heartening first book.... at first the book started out great, and I got excited about reading a good book, but by half way through I had enough! The story's characters are illogical, and many events do not make sense. At some points the graphic material was so intense my stomach felt sick. There was blow after blow against the protagonists of the story making the reader feel hopeless and wondering if the author was changing her position to favoring the evil characters of the story. The book ended leaving me bewildered and angry. There was no resolution in the slightest or any hope for a resolution.

So many actions and characters did not make sense. When an unfathomable action is done all supposed loved ones do nothing when there where so many logical options. characters said and did things that went against normal human nature. The main character is tortured and pretty much sold into siring children as a sex slave (even though we are not told if he is able to trick his way out of it, it is morally disturbing).

I will not read the next books in the series or read any of the next book this author writes... it was a great idea for a book but executed very wrongly!
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfe6318) out of 5 stars An interesting read, sadly lacking any kind of resolution Jan. 16 2015
By Ryan - Published on
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I found The Castrofax to be an engaging and interesting read, though a few key points held me back from fully enjoying the book.

To begin with, I feel that books in a series are welcome to have common plot threads which tie them together, but should also be enjoyable in their own right without relying on other books in the series to give them validity. This is something which I feel The Castrofax fails to do - after all of the build-up and plot threads which the book creates, it abruptly ends without a climax. There is no resolution of any of the issues the protagonists face and in fact it seems almost like the book was cut off just a few chapters before any resolutions took place. I feel like I've been ransomed for an ending - if I do not pay to read the remaining books, I may never feel like the journey that the author has taken me on is worthwhile. Instead of feeling satisfied that this book's journey has taken me somewhere special, I'm left with empty hands and the choice of either purchasing the remaining books in the hopes that I see some resolutions, or terminating the series there for myself and never knowing how it ends.

Secondly, I feel that the plot loses a lot of credibility at points where it seems to force characters and events to behave in manners which do not seem logical or accurate based on what we know of them or the situation. In an attempt to not spoil anything I will be vague here, but here are some examples of this clash of logic:
- A character whom nobody knew even existed is conscripted suddenly by another character who just happens to have a warrant ready for them despite supposedly not knowing what to expect
- An army fights an extreme losing battle but shows no sign of retreat or fear despite taking enormous losses and experiencing extremely unnatural things
- Several times characters are fully capable of completely ending the plot by a simple action and choose not to do so despite having no valid reason for this decision (e.g. Choosing not to kill a character when given a chance, choosing not to rescue incredibly important allies, choosing to torture or kill characters who they actually need to keep alive and healthy)
- A character becomes basically unstoppable and chooses to wander around doing barely consequential things instead of taking control of events - even after proving that they could do so
- Many characters lack a sense of urgency when things come to a head and instead move slowly and deliberately as though they are somehow immune to the events around them (and most of the time they are not), or commit various misdeeds in full view of others that are somehow treated as lesser crimes than they actually are

Essentially, I feel that many times characters do not behave "realistically" and instead act like puppets who do not possess their own wills and are simply shoehorned into acting in whatever way that the plot requires them to in order to move the story along. I would enjoy the story much more if it didn't feel like the characters kept going against their own natures for the sake of the plot.

Despite these two things, the book is undoubtedly interesting and fascinating. The author does a lot of things right as far as storytelling goes, and I found myself wanting to read the next chapter just to see where things went. I enjoyed the character development and the exciting predicaments various characters found themselves in.

All in all, I MAY purchase the next book in the series to see if any of those loose ends get tied up, but if they do not then it will certainly be the last book in the series that I buy. As it stands now I feel like I shouldn't support authors ransoming endings from their readers, but I DID get book one for free, so I'll most likely be lenient. This time.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfe6378) out of 5 stars The best new Fantasy book I've read in years Nov. 21 2014
By Dan Baumann - Published on
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I have read hundreds of Fantasy and Sci-fi book over the years, I have several series I go back to and reread for fun even though I know how they end every year. After reading The Castrofax I can say that this series is going to be added to my list of books I reread. It's just a really fun read, it broght back feeling of when I was a kid and read some of my firs Fantasy novels. The joy and wonder of embarking on a quest, fighting evil and saving damsels and seeing what over the next hill. The characters are interesting and each have a very strong personality and voice that it's easy to get pulled into the room and feel like you are eavesdropping. The descriptions of the environment, clothing and hair, mannerisms, and cultures in the books are detailed enough you feel you really know what is going on and want to know more without wandering off into the 5 page descriptions that can commonly occur with a few other authors I could name. Robyn is a strong willed and mischievous character, Gabriel the long suffering companion and protector with a dry wit that makes their conversations hilarious and I found myself constantly reading just a few more chapters because it's a really good part of the book. I found myself doing that a lot.

The magic in the series is an interesting mixture of idea I've seen in other Fantasy series while being different enough that it is a unique and beautiful thing when described. I like the concept of needing to know what you want to do and the proper hand and body motions to make it occur or "bad things happen" combined with your ability in the art not just being a matter of how many spells you've studied but your strength of will, good or bad, determining your ability.

This first book makes it obvious that Jenna Van Vleet put a lot of thought into world building and the history of the countries the characters are from. You can feel that while not knowing all of the things that have occurred in the past that the actions in the present are guided by that history. There isn't a feeling of characters doing things just because it's needed to get to the climax of the story, it makes sense, sometimes twisted sense, when a character says or does something. You can see the characters change and grow through the chapters instead of having to have the narrator having to tell you it's occurring.

After reading just the first book I bough the rest of the series because if what happened in just the first book is any indication this is going to be a wild ride.