Continuing down the path of narcissism, I give you another stellar review for The Five Elements, this one from a very nice Goodreads member who won a copy of the novel via a Goodreads giveaway I ran not too long ago.
Here's the review:
I loved this book! Read it through in one night! The characters take you along for quite an adventure! The characters are very believable in some unbelievable situations but they display very real and sometimes raw emotions. Very well written. An exciting plot and subplots which weave a fantastic adventure. If you like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, you will definitely enjoy this book. I personally hope to see more from Scott Marlowe! Well done! – Phoenix Carvelli
I'm stunned she read it through in one night. I'm also stunned—and appreciative—that she seemed to have liked it so much.
There's a new review for The Five Elements out on Amazon and Goodreads and it's 5 stars out of 5!
I love getting reviews, even if they aren't always flattering. They're feedback regardless of the number of stars. But it's always
nice exhilarating getting a 5 out of 5.
In this one, reader Timmain, who also read and reviewed The Hall of the Wood, said this about her experience:
The Five Elements is an enveloping story that drags you in and doesn't let go. I enjoyed it immensely. The characters come to life and tell their story in a way that shows the authors passion for the subject matter. I myself do not have any background or knowledge of alchemy and yet the story is written such that I had no trouble following along and cheering the heroes on through every step of their journey. Well done Mr. Marlowe.
She brings up a good point re the use of alchemy, which I would extend to all of the pseudoscience and steampunk-like devices and machines used in the novel: While I strive for some semblance of believability (in the context of it being fiction, of course), I never at any point let the story get bogged down in technical mumbo-jumbo. My job is to entertain, not teach. It's nice to see I accomplished that.
If you'd like to get your own copy of The Five Elements, you have some options:
- If you're a member of Goodreads, you can enter the currently ongoing giveaway and maybe you'll win a print copy.
- Buy the print edition on Amazon.
- Buy the Kindle edition on Amazon. I'm holding prices at $1.99 until the Goodreads giveaway ends on March 10.