If you have a friend who is an author, ask them how important reviews are to them. You will find – if they wish to be successful authors – that they welcome feedback and the criticism just as much as they welcome the ranks and ratings.
I am no different. I received a 3/4 star rating recently from The Online Book Club and the feedback was incredibly helpful. In addition to this, it is rather fun to see that someone else who I have never met in my life enjoyed my story:
As a fantasy reader who has always been captivated by world building, I was taken by The Redemption of Anaìr immediately. From the beginning, readers are launched into Anaìr’s world—both the physical setting and the inner world that torments Anaìr—as Findlay vividly describes Anaìr losing himself to his art. Findlay then takes his audience on a trip through an entirely new land with distinct cultural and religious customs, social hierarchies and expectations, and racial tension. We even get a look into how Solati customs clash with those of the invading forces, the Orvinarr, including their views on gender equality and Solatus’s female warriors. Findlay knows every inch of this land as well as, if not better than, our own, and his ability to create such a fantastic world down to the last detail seems to be his greatest, though not his only, strength here.
Developing alongside this setting and its intricate societies are well-rounded characters, particularly Anaìr. Anaìr is complicated right from the beginning, a talented artist but also a reluctantly cunning warrior, someone looked down upon for his past behavior but revered for his work on the battlefield and, while not everyone will admit it, his artwork. Everyone around him is just as layered, even if the author couldn’t go into their backstories and personalities in as much detail, from worldly warriors to the enigmatic Matriarch. Most importantly, the invaders are not completely one-dimensional, depicted as the more morally corrupt side of the conflict and in league with something evil but not without their human traits. Considering it can be so easy to draw antagonists as completely evil, it’s a relief to see both the heroes and the villains through gray-colored glasses.
It is a relief to see that readers around the world are getting the message which I am trying to portray and is incredibly important to me.
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