Friday, October 14, 2011

The Black Orb Review

Book:  The Black Orb
Author:  Sabine A. Reed
Publisher:  Uncial Press
Rating:  3 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  ARC Review Copy from Author (e-book)

Summary from Publisher's Website:
Aria is a young conniving thief and a con artist, living in the city of Kalaba. When her brother Marcus is taken prisoner by the Queen of Azmeer, Aria embarks on a desperate quest to free him. To save her brother, she has to enlist the help of an old wizard, Bikkar, who is critical of her thieving habits. The way to sever the power of the Queen is to break her magical weapon, the Black Orb, with which she plans to enslave not only her own subjects but other kingdoms also. In order to gain access to the Dragon Claw, the only weapon that can destroy the Black Orb, Aria has to travel with Bikkar to the end of the kingdom and enter the mythical Forest of the Drayds, fight with the stone warriors and endure the company of the old man whom she secretly despises.

My Review:
The Black Orb is a short story of 134 pages I believe.  Aria survives day to day by being a thief and a con artist.  When she finds out her brother Marcus is missing she sets out to find him and bring him back to his family.  Along the way she meets an old wizard Bikkar who helps her make her way to where her brother is being held.  Aria finds out that the Queen has her brother and many others under her power using the Black Orb, a magical piece that only the Queen controls.

Bikkar tells Aria that she is the one who can save Marcus and all the others but only with the Dragon Claw.  It is the only thing that can destroy the Black Orb.  Along the way they meet a few new characters but mostly the story just focuses on Aria and Bikkar and making their way to find the Dragon Claw.  There is some action and adventure, no romance really.  It's a good short fantasy just nothing spectacular.  I liked the ending,  just thought it would have told what happened after they leave the kingdom. 

The summary pretty much explains the story.  I agreed to read this as an ARC thinking that I would enjoy it.  I was expecting to read it in a very short time.  It just didn't keep my attention and seemed to take me forever to read it.  It will appeal more to readers who love fantasy.  I enjoy reading fantasy but lean more towards urban fantasy and paranormal romance.  This also didn't have romance or a dominant male character, except for the old wizard.  All in all it was just okay for me.

This was given to me as an ARC e-book for review.  This did not affect my review in any way.

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