THE CHOSEN ONE by Graham Watson

THE CHOSEN ONE

: Book 1 of the Arkannian Saga
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Christian lesbians fight for the freedom of a fantasy-filled world in outer space.

After growing up on Earth, Deanna, a half-elf descendant of a lost world, is traveling the universe, looking for survivors from her ancient people. She finds herself on Arkannia fighting a tyrant who has used a magical gateway from another world to bring his soldiers in to dominate the planet. Deanna has many reasons to aid her new friends in war, of which saving her kidnapped daughters is paramount, alongside a promise to her dead husband and guidance from God. To free her daughters and Arkannia’s captured king, Deanna and Co. must face the beautiful queen of the elves and her silent male consort who lives in a mysterious forest. There are nine forming the wary fellowship: a wizard, two fighters, an elf, a dwarf and four members of the royal guard. Exchange the guards for hobbits and it’s The Lord of the Rings. Watson’s weak copies of successful ideas are disappointing. The author’s fight sequences flow smoothly and are even riveting at times, but the majority of the narrative is choppy, plagued with constant distractions from non-existent copy editing, stilted dialogue and boring quests that generate little emotional attachment. Character development is minimal as the companions go from plodding treks to battle and back again, with Deanna always finding just enough power to overcome her adversaries, usually via magic. Ultimately, the biggest problem is that Watson fails to understand the importance of knowing his audience. While there is a place for Christian fantasy, as well as an audience for lesbian fantasy and science fiction, it is unlikely that these groups have much crossover. And neither will appreciate the bad fan-fiction writing style exhibited here that includes attempted rape, breasts, nudity and torture.

A saga in need of focus and a more original plot.

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-595-44971-2
Program: Kirkus Indie
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