3 out of 5 stars
I had a hard time getting into the book since the beginning just seemed to drag a bit. I was confused at first, but it picked up halfway through part one. The character's are interesting, and the three different personalities of the brothers bring interesting dynamics and tensions to their magical destiny to save the phoenix. Overall, a book for those who enjoy epic fantasy.
I wasn't expecting it to be 600 pages long. The book is broken into three parts and each part is pretty much its own book. It should have been marketed as an collection of three books, or broken into three smaller books to be a bit more digestible.
Another issue was it was a bit hard to get into the character's heads. It jumps around a bit, and I struggled with why the character's did some of the things they did. Their motivations seemed a little flimsy to me sometimes. Corren's viewpoint was especially difficult to follow, and I wanted to skim his sections.
Unexplained magical terms threw me off a couple times, and the development of relationships was a bit unrealistic in my opinion.
Marcellus was by the far the best character in the book. Loved him!
The world was well built and thought out, if explained a bit vaguely sometimes. The interesting take on the mythology surrounding the Phoenix was fresh and new, and kept me intrigued.
The plot of this book, while it did drag in some places, was interesting enough I kept reading.
Praise for Gift of the Phoenix “An incredibly impressive book that grips you from the very start. There is plenty of action in the story, some wonderful characters and magical, atmospheric settings. Donna has created a fascinating realm in this story which, even if you don’t consider yourself a fantasy fan, you’ll definitely enjoy.” – Excerpt of Stephanie Dagg’s review at Books Are Cool. “As an avid reader of fantasy, I often encounter boring or overused plotlines—this was neither! With a fresh new take on fantasy adventure, Cook constructs an enchanting world of magic, kingdoms, rebirth, and death.” – Excerpt a review by Artemis at Fantasy Book Lovers Unite “Gift of the Phoenix reminds me of a mix of Paolin’s Eragon and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but stands on its own as a unique fantasy-adventure. Cook creates a magic system that is intricate and unique, which can be hard to do in a genre littered with magic. The story is very complex, and yet very easy to follow… layers upon layers of intertwined plots that all culminate to a fantastic ending. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age.” – Excerpt of a review by Will Wortner at Zero2Fiction Awards Gift of the Phoenix has won several awards, including Semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review Book of the Year Awards, and Notable Read in the Shelf Unbound/Half Price Books Indie Book of the Year competition
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