Sean R. Frazier is a fun author. He interacts with people online. His work has good reviews. I was happy to read his latest release: The Call of Choas.
Blurb: Exiled from his homeland, Cor’il Silvermoon was left to roam without direction. Bestowed with unimaginable power by the awakening Threads, he struggles to understand his purpose. But when he discovers that terrible forces are tearing the Realm asunder, Cor’il realizes that no one can withstand the storm alone. Forced to confront the mythical monsters that pillage the land, he faces a Realm that has become much deadlier, encountering new friends, dangerous enemies, and impossible challenges. Can Cor’il and his friends discover the source of the chaos and stop it? Or will they be forced to watch as everything they know and love is utterly destroyed, ushering in a new age of danger and discord?
I’m always a little weary of self-published books. There is some great work out there, but unfortunately I’ve been burned by a lot of bad writing and unpolished work so it was refreshing to dive into a story that at least grabbed me from the get-go. As an author, I know how difficult it is to get to release day no matter how one chooses to publish. Once reached the marketing and business side of writing takes over and it can be grueling.
I realized a while back that because self-publishers have less resources they deserve a little more slack. I give them more room for error because even Stephen King books have a typo here and there. (I found 2 in the first 50 pages of the 2nd Dark Tower book)
The Goods: There is a lot of heart to this story. The characters are solid. (It helps that Kendra is an animal lover – put animals in a book and I’m hooked, especially when someone cares about them as much as I do). Those kinds of details really connect readers to the story.
Issues: The dialogue was a bit stiff, but I get what the author was going for. It was a little more telly than showey, something I struggle with as well. My editor’s eye also went red over wordy sentences that were dragged down by overuse of “had” and “was” but all-in-all the story kept me reading.
I recommend it and hope everyone will annoy the author on twitter: @TheCleftonTwain
Bio: When Sean Frazier was growing up, he never really paid attention to the written word. It wasn’t necessarily something he enjoyed at the time. Once he graduated college, however, the spark ignited and he decided to write something and try to get it published.