Quentin Hide and the Evil Lord Twigton by Dean Kealy

QuentinHideQuentin Hide and the Evil Lord Twigton by Dean Kealy

Description from http://www.amazon.co.uk

Young Quentin Hide has just graduated from the Dragon Academy of Knights and Warriors, and with a new quest in his pocket, he’s off on his first adventure, but little does Quentin know, this may also be his last!

Quentin Hide and The Evil Lord Twigton was first seen on the blog: deanzdoodlez.com but see it here and now in all its glory with never before seen illustrations included!

I gave this book four stars out of five

My thoughts:

I was deliberating between three and four stars for this book, but decided that the inventiveness of the story and the entertainment provided warranted four.

This was a short story, that was quick, easy and very fun to read. I did think that the manner in which it was written was overly simplistic in nature. I will freely admit that I tend to be particularly critical about the more technical aspects of writing. I did, however, find that the strength of the story allowed me to mostly ignore this and enjoy it for what it was. A fun and inventive story.

I liked the characters of Quentin Hide and also the Evil Lord Twigton. They were well enough developed to feel very real, especially within the confines of a short story. I also loved the location of the professor’s office and his reasoning for it.

I really liked the plot twists, and I did not see them coming. This is, I think, for me, one of the marks of a good story, being surprised by events.

I would recommend this to others as  a quick, fun read. It  is reasonably short and a lot happened in these few pages. If you want to be entertained with some laughs for half an hour then it is definitely well worth a read.

12 thoughts on “Quentin Hide and the Evil Lord Twigton by Dean Kealy

    • Definitely. I think that I do tend to be overly critical sometimes, perhaps due to my background reading so many classics. I also think though that being able to appreciate a story, and a book, for what it does achieve is important. I really did enjoy the story, and would have preferred perhaps that it was longer and had been allowed to develop and be expanded in many areas.

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      • Background definitely plays a role in a person’s focus. I think a powerful story can help to conquer some of the technical weaknesses. You get the idea that the author will improve on the next book. Indie authors can fix and resubmit books too, which can help.

        More would have definitely been better. Grow a little more suspense in there before the climax.

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      • I agree with both of your points, Charles. I think that you are right. However, I also think that it is important to consider the nature of technical weaknesses as in some cases it can put people off of future titles and damage a reputation.

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      • Definitely. It can hurt future titles, but I think if an author shows a willingness to improve, it can minimize the negative. This is where an author being public with a blog or talking with fans can be helpful. Turn the author into a fallible, learning human being instead of the name on the cover and you can get more leeway.

        Though there are some people that simply won’t get it and will forever be the spellchecker’s bitch.

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      • Definitely. I think seeing that a new author has imagination and inventiveness more important than having the technical chops to start with. If they can also show that they want to improve, and like you say, be open and public, then that counts for a lot. It is probably better than a boring, pedestrian story that is written in a very technically proficient fashion.

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      • I do tend to love creative stories with a few flaws than a bland story with perfect technical achievements. Both take skill to write, but part of this game seems to be entertaining the masses. Though I do get annoyed if your/you’re/yore and there/they’re/their are consistently messed up.

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