On Trial: Quest for the Red Sapphire by Rival Gates

Posted January 31, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Quest for the Red Sapphire Book Cover Quest for the Red Sapphire
Sapphire Chronicles #1
Rival Gates
Fantasy, Adventure
Alpha Wolf Publishing
July 9th 2013

The book centers around Linvin Grithinshield, a half-elf general called home from the goblin wars to run the lucrative family trading business after his father's disappearance. Only after his mother's murder does he discover his destiny is to be the Master of the Red Sapphire, the most powerful magic any mortal can possess. Together with his wise but mysterious Uncle Anvar and his infuriating cousins Bander and Rander, Linvin must flee the would-be assassins and find the gem before the sinister forces from whom he flees find the stone and take it for a dark purpose.

Warning: This article contain spoilers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author has never asked me or tried to influence me for a positive review, nor have I promised one.

My Impressions:

Overall, I enjoyed most of the book and will definitely be reading the sequel.

It took almost half the book for the plot to become apparent, especially to the main character. It was a bit inconceivable that a man with no business experience could save his family’s business so quickly, as some reviewers have noted. However, most of the problems were related to the bills not being paid. The story takes place over many months yet it takes many months for the quest to even start. I almost gave up. Glad I held out since the story quickly picked up the pace.

Linvin is a bit cocky but at least he has the experience to back it up. He struggles with making the right decisions because of this cockiness. However, being the outsider among relatives and town’s folk for so long could make anyone’s tolerance to ill-treatment become low. Rander is rather childish and annoying. He’s truly a brat that his parents failed to discipline. Poor Bander is so gullible and has been following everything his brother has told him his whole life. Inside though, he is a kind likable soul. Anvar is one of those people who you trust only because he is family. He is always keeping some secret it seems.

The writing was pretty good overall. The story really drew me in once it actually got into it. No detail over-kill though maybe too much story development in the beginning.

About the Author:

Rival Gates started this story at the tender age of 13 but never shared his story with anyone but family. When his mother, his biggest supporter, was diagnosed with cancer, she made him promise to publish his work and finishing the series. He is now bringing this promise to fruition.

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The Verdict:

Highly Recommended

Rating Report
Overall: 4.2

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