Review: Annabeth’s War by Jessica Greyson

Annabeth's War EtsyWith King Harold away at war Lord Raburn has his eye on the throne. Those who dare to stand in his way fall beneath his power. All but one. A girl named Annabeth. Can a common, ordinary girl, with love for king, country, and her father, achieve the impossible?

Trained by her father, a master swordsman, outlawed Annabeth has only her sword, her wits, and her disguises to keep Belterra from falling entirely into Lord Raburn’s clutches. Can she rescue her captured father and Prince Alfred? Will one girl keep the kingdom from falling?

PUBLISHER: Ready Writer Press

PAGES: 228

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I bought this book awhile ago and decided to check it out while traveling! It’s a pretty quick read and the plot was intriguing.

Annabeth, a feisty and strong warrior, is wanted by Lord Raburn because she is a threat to his attempt on the throne. She’s fighting for her life and for her country. When Ransom, a highly-trained bounty hunter catches up to her, he finds himself unintentionally falling in love with her. Annabeth is a strong, independent woman, but Ransom tries to break through all of the walls that she has built around herself to keep people from seeing her vulnerable side. Greyson creates a medieval world with a cast of semi-likeable characters.

MORAL RATING:

G: This is a Christian novel. There’s absolutely nothing sexual, but there is some light violence.

THE GOOD:

I liked the setting of this novel (castles, sword fights, and whatnot). Plus, what is not to like about feisty and fun Annabeth? It’s clear that Jessica Greyson is attempting to write a realistic female protagonist and I admire her efforts. It’s always enjoyable to read about a likeable, strong female character. Unfortunately, it’s harder to create this kind of character than it appears. This plot could have been a great one, but the execution of it was poorly done.

THE BAD:

When I read the book blurb, I was instantly intrigued. Like I said, I’m a fan of the medieval settings. Unfortunately, by the end of this book, I’m not sure I even know what some of the characters looked like. For example, I’m not sure the reader got a good idea of the appearance of Annabeth or of Ransom. Were they young? Was their hair dark or light-colored? These may seem like trivial details, but when a novel doesn’t contain basic descriptions of the characters… trust me, you notice. When I began this book, I didn’t know that it was a Christian novel. Incorporating Christ in a novel is always tricky. Either it comes across as too wishy-washy, preach-y or it comes across just right. I’ve only read a couple of Christian fiction novels that came across as the latter. I think it’s great that Jessica was incorporating her faith into this novel, but it came across really forced. That being said, Christ can use anything to reach hearts. I truly believe that. So, kudos to her for glorifying Christ with her words!

Formatting problems in ebooks occur more often than I would like and this novel was no exception. The paragraphs were spaced really far apart. It wasn’t the worst formatting that I’ve ever had to deal with, but I definitely noticed it. Plus, the novel was mostly dialogue with some descriptive parts every now and then.

I have to give this novel a 2/5. The plot kept me reading and it was a relatively quick read, but I won’t be recommending this book to anyone.

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