Book Trilogy Review: Giants in the Land

The Way of Things
The Way of Things by Clark Rich Burbidge
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I liked this book pretty well! In this story, the friendly giants who have always helped the townspeople suddenly disappear, and only one man has the courage to journey into the wilds to locate the giants and find out why they left. The main character, Thomas, grabbed my attention right away, and I liked seeing him deal with each crisis as it comes up in the story, gathering courage and wisdom as he journeys along. He’s a good character!

The writing is blatantly preachy, but still inspiring. I liked how the spiritual message is gradually unfolded, but I wish it had been more subtle for the reader to discover on their own, instead of being explained in so obvious a way. I think a subtle message is more powerful than one that is thrown in the reader’s face.

The plot moves along with a good pace, but could use more dialogue. The main character is traveling alone for much of the book, so not much dialogue there. The plot also doesn’t have any layers to it. There is just one story line that is fairly straightforward. I would have liked to see more of the villagers struggling on their own, or a back-story on Thomas’ wife, or some catastrophe among the giants. Something extra to give the narrative more depth and scope. It feels flat sometimes.

However, the writing style is concise and clear, and has only one strong POV. (I hate multiple POVs.) I was drawn into the world of the giants, and I cared about the characters! I felt spiritually refreshed and encouraged after reading this book, and I will gladly continue reading the series!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. The opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

The Prodigals
The Prodigals by Clark Rich Burbidge
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The further story of the giants has a much bigger scope than the first book! Thomas is still a main character, but now there are many other characters, including his family members, who have their own journeys. We see more of the world of the giants and the neighboring towns and lands. The problems the characters face are larger too, and the stakes are higher. There’s more action in the plot, and more suspense and obstacles to overcome.

One of my complaints about the first book was that there was only one storyline, but this book corrects that. There are several storylines which converge and move alongside each other for a full story that develops from several angles.

The writing is still preachy and a little stiff. It doesn’t flow as easily as it could. The plot has some pacing issues, but the story is enjoyable and I like the characters. The writing makes me care about the characters and their growth!
I see a lot of improvement in this book from the writing in the first book! Can’t wait to read the third one!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. The thoughts expressed here are my own true opinions and are not influenced by anyone.

 

The Cavern of Promise
The Cavern of Promise by Clark Rich Burbidge
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a good ending for the trilogy with all those loose ends tied up. The plot has some good development and depth to it. There’s a bit of mystery surrounding the cavern and what they will find inside. Several new characters are introduced, and we find out more of the history of the giants and their ancient wars.

Overall, the story is good, but the characters don’t have much depth to them, and the plot is somewhat predictable. The obstacles that the characters face are too easily and quickly overcome, so there’s not much suspense. The author is mostly “telling” instead of “showing”, so that the writing feels stiff. But the writing is concise and clear, and always positive.

The message can be preachy, but still inspiring. As with the other books, I wish the spiritual messages had been more subtle for the reader to discover on their own, instead of being explained in so obvious a way. I think a subtle message is more powerful than one that is thrown in the reader’s face.

There is one great fight scene in the Theatre that I really liked! It was drawn-out and had some complexity, some tension.
I loved the new setting in this book, seeing more of the western lands, different cultures, and different giants. It’s definitely an imaginative landscape!

I liked seeing more of the some of the old characters, but I especially liked the development of the new giant characters, like Earthson, a young giant prince. Earthson is internally conflicted, wanting to be loyal to his father, but knowing his father is making bad decisions. He is one of the few characters who we can see really struggling with an internal battle, and I wish that had been more prominent.

Overall, a good trilogy with a positive message and a spiritually refreshing theme. Not the best writing, but still enjoyable and entertaining. (A two-star rating means “it was okay”.)

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. The opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

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