Sunday, March 6, 2011
Book Review: Flaming Dove by Daniel Arenson
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and as soon as I downloaded the image for this cover I was blown away. I could waste an entire review just on this cover. This is-hands down-the best e-book cover I've ever seen in my life. I should stop, because we all know you judge books by the cover, but I'll give a quick peek-a-boo before you go and nab it.
The first thing I have to say about Daniel Arenson's writing, is his style stands out above all else. Some writers restrict the readers ability to get lost in the book, with overy-obstrusive narrative, and others just put TOO much responsibility on the reader. Most writer's do a little of each, Arenson doesn't do this, EVER. The pacing was perfectly executed, Arenson is one of the few writer's in this genre whose style doesn't lag in the story-EVER.
The style made up for the fact that a few times he lost me with a concept that was ALMOST corny, but not corny enough that I wouldn't read it again.
The other thing I have to comment on, is that Arenson writes about a familiar topic through fresh new eyes (the battle between heaven and hell) without being corny about it. Layla, the half human-half demon is an incredibly fresh heroine, and the reader will find her very easy to identify with and cheer for. Not only that, the other sides-the world of angels and the world of demons-while pitted against our heroine who the reader clearly feels is in the right-are two sides that are equally understandable.