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.