I’ve commented before about the importance of reviews to authors who are relatively new to the publishing world; not just those that laud the finished work, but those that offer constructive criticism to improve any future endeavors. Some writers are “one and done,” but most aspire to continue offering their stories and knowing how readers perceive their efforts is important to the creative process.
Today’s blog tour entry is the latest review of Palo Duro. Here are some excerpts –
“Right off the bat, I noticed that this historical fiction novel reads an awful lot like a history book. Not one of those dry, fact-listing history books, but one that was written by an academic author with a bit of an imagination. When Knight is in this mode of writing, his descriptions go beyond the surface skimming details of most historical fiction books. The colorful descriptions range from the beauty and simplicity of Native American family life to the horrible, clinical depictions of warfare.
I have a few minor criticisms: Sectioning the novel into books and chapters was a little odd. And then there was the even odder decision to put all of the book and chapter titles in quotation marks. If it were up to me, I would have divided the novel differently so that some sections didn’t seem so sparse while others bloated. Overall, a great read wrapped in a beautiful cover. It’s not very often that I feel like I’ve learned so much from a historical novel.”
My thanks to Missus Gonzo. For the complete review, please check out her website.