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Characters Need to Be Perfect! Real People Can Screw Up!

Legends of Windemere

Over the course of this year, I’ve seen several authors talk about reviews complaining about character intelligence.  Specifically, readers hate when a character makes a ‘stupid mistake’.  They feel it ruins the story and go on a rant.  I think we’ve all seen this in action and had this reaction as well.  Yet, there is something to consider: REALITY.

First, let’s admit that we’ve all gotten annoyed with a character who makes a stupid mistake.  It’s usually something that ruins an established plan or causes the plot to take a sudden turn.  We think it’s contrived and done entirely to extend the story, which isn’t entirely true.  A character could be perfect and make every right decision to reach the ending fairly quickly.  That would be boring, but it’s feasible and what people unwittingly ask for when they rail against character mistakes.  Oops.

This reaction is born from frustration and…

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Chronicles of Riss Book Reviews

My book, Chronicles of Riss, has received some more great reviews recently on Goodreads, and I thought I’d share a few.

From VA Fern:

A fantasy-adventure story of young Marissa who’s eager to help the people who are oppressed. This is an adventure of her life as she gathers the courage to hold a hand for those in need. Beating evils, chasing bandits, battling with monsters, and above all a helping hand to its towns’ people. A ruthless girl for the evil yet has a golden heart for the needy.

This is a fun and exciting story of Marissa as she tries to explore the world with so many morals and dignity that she can save numerous people from problems that they are facing. Her knowledge and power pull everything together to slowly build adventures as the chapters go by. This is a light yet meaningful narrative, especially for young adults that we must not stray away from our morals for we can be the light of someone. That no matter how old we are, we may don’t have the magic but we have the power in our ways to be heroines in somebody else’s lives. I love how the story projects the values and character of a real hero. Others may say that she’s evil for killing such people but I do believe that you cannot give light to the darkest moments of the oppressed if you look unto the goodness in their detractors. Or maybe you can, but no one should be blinded.

From Pratibha Malav:

“Chronicles of Riss” by Jeanne Owens is the second book in the Adventures in Sorcery series. The story follows blue-haired Marissa Riss Cobalt, a young sorceress-for-hire. She has got a temper but she is a kind and supportive person who never ties her hands when it comes to helping people.

From Yara:

This was a fun read, I wish it was around when I was in middle school and just started to get into reading. I think it would’ve made me very happy then. I like the style of writing a lot and Marissa’s attitude and personality is heartwarming and gave this book a bit of humor, I really enjoyed reading it but again I would’ve loved it more as a youngster.

From Kelly Marie Purdy:

This was enjoyable to read for a number of reasons. The book was separated into “Adventures” – kind of like a short story format, and that was something that I found pleasing. Sometimes, depending on my mood, I might decide to read a book of short stories rather than a novel. I think that’s because short stories are entertaining, but light, if that’s what I’m in the mood for. I found it quite satisfying to read a few of these adventures at a time.

As a protagonist, I liked Marissa, and found her interesting. She struck me as being very independent for her age, though I did wonder how she came to be alone in the world. That was explained at some point in the book. I found her to be sassy, quirky and amusing. The description of her blue hair was something that helped bring her to life for me – in my mind, I could picture a teenage girl with vivid blue hair.

I think one of my favourite things about this book was that for some reason, it made me feel nostalgic. Nothing about it was complicated, but it was refreshing. It was about a sorceress and it felt magical. It reminded me, in a very nice way, of the sort of book that I might have enjoyed as a schoolgirl, or the sort of book that family members might have chosen to give to me as a gift when I was growing up. It was carefree and light-hearted, so it felt like an escape, even if it didn’t take long to read. I think that if I had the opportunity to read more books featuring Marissa, I would probably like to do so.

From Priscilla King:
It’s fantasy in the Freudian sense rather than the literary sense. If you’re in the mood for that sort of thing, it’s fun. Fourteen-year-old Marissa Cobalt can’t do anything about the magic spell that turned her hair bright blue, except change her name to match her hair, but she can do just about everything else that crosses her half-grown mind. And she crosses a lot of bigger, older, meaner people, too, as a sorceress-for-hire. If her super-fists don’t make unwanted people leave her clients in peace, her magic fireballs will. Lots of characters die in confrontations with Riss. None of them will ever be missed. She lives in a morally black-and-white world where all baddies are as recognizable, and as easy to squash, as mosquitoes. I laughed. Often.

From Gizelle:

From the start, we see a quirky character in Marissa Cobalt. A young sorceress with a strong determination and business orientation. The chapters are light, hilarious at times, but some of the dialogues were a bit cringey. This is understandable since the MC is still very young. This may be an easy read, but its narrative teaches us that competence, capability, and being inherently good doesn’t always guarantee a win against evil. But being able to stand up for truth and continuously fighting for your principles does.

That’s a few of the new book reviews that have been received. You can find all the reviews on Goodreads by clicking here.

Get your copy of Chronicles of Riss and enjoy Riss’s many fun adventures for yourself.