Friday, September 6, 2013

The Unofficial Addiction Blog Tour: The Rising Wind by Ken Floro III

The Rising Wind 
Ken Floro III
420 Pages
Release Date: October 10th, 2011
Rate: Enjoyed it

When I started reading The Rising Wind, I was a bit dubious about whether it was a good read or not. However, as I kept reading the book, I realized that I was really enjoying it and that I was glad I give it a shot.

I liked how Mr. Floro III created the mythology on The Rising Wind. It was captivating and refreshing. One thing that really made me keep reading it, was the Ageless, some powerful beings (not telling you more ^^). Because of that, I wanted to know everything about them. So I would have liked a little bit more of explanation about the temple where the Ageless used to live.
I personally think that, I would love more the book, If I knew more about the Gods, the Ageless and the magic that surrounded the island. I am not saying that I didn't like The Rising Wind, on the contrary, I really, really liked it.
Nevertheless, the main idea was fantastic, and the plot was enthralling and very well developed.

Even though the book was of a considerable length, it was an easy and light read. Meaning, that it was not a boring book at all. Ken’s writing was smooth and at the same time explosive. Mr. Floro III has a great talent, though I would have appreciated more dialogue and less description (3% less). Not that it was too much, or that the description was bad, it was actually really good! But I would have felt more comfortable having more dialogues, especially between Adrianna and Marc (Marcavius Maximus, a knight). 

Now that I have mentioned Adrianna, this is one think that I didn’t quite like about the book. I didn’t have the time to meet Adrianna properly, but as for the other characters, I don’t have anything bad to say about them. One thing that I appreciate about the characters in The Rising Wind is that they were realistic. I liked the relationship of the cousins, they were honorable and share more than a friendship, they were like brothers.

As for the end, I share Rosa’s shock! I didn’t see it coming. Rosa and I are totally dying to read the sequel of this series. 
Finally, I would like to say that if you like mythology, adventures, brotherhood, and magic, this is a must read book for you. I would absolutely recommend this book, and I’m giving it 4 gorjuss doll.

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Ken was born and raised in the Southside of Saint Louis. By the way, did you know Saint Louis was named after King Louis IX? He was the only French monarch ever to be sainted, in part because he led two Crusades (which didn’t go so well), but mostly because his grandson, Phillip the Fair, sort of abducted the papacy to France after finagling one of his henchmen into becoming Pope. Since adding a saint to the family tree would put a little extra burnish on his royal reputation, Phillip had his pet Pope, Clement V, do him a solid. You’re welcome for the trivia.

Now, where was I? Oh, yeah, we were talking about Ken Floro III. After earning a degree in World Literature, followed by a degree in Culinary Arts, Ken soon made the obvious career move and went to work in medicine. If you’re having any trouble guessing why, then you’ve obviously never served time in the literary or culinary fields. A little taste of reality can suddenly turn a healthy paycheck, normal working hours, and long-term job security into sumptuous delicacies.

Despite the sudden change in his employment trajectory, Ken never turned away from his dream of writing. He’d nurtured a lifelong creative ambition, which had gained direction when a funny true story he wrote for a high school English class became so popular with his classmates they traded copies of it in the hall and passed them up and down the bus. After that, as they say, ‘the die was cast’.

By the way, the ancient historian Suetonius originally coined that phrase, claiming Julius Caesar said it when he crossed the River Rubicon – but in Latin, of course, iacta alea est. Ever since, those words have been used to indicate a portentous moment that affects the course of all subsequent history. In Caesar’s case, crossing the Rubicon sparked the first of the civil wars that ultimately destroyed the Roman Republic and replaced it with that institution most abhorrent to traditional Romans (who had all been conveniently killed or exiled by then): monarchy. In Ken’s case, in just means that English paper led him to focus on writing as a means to channel what the voices in his head kept telling him.

Wait! Did I say ‘the voices in his head’? Whoops, sorry. Just a little joke there – ha-ha! What Imeant to say was that Ken turned to writing to express the, uh, inspiration he received from . . . the muses. That’s sounds less crazy, doesn’t it? Yeah, let’s go with that. The editor can fix all this later, right? Anyway, ever since that catalytic moment in high school, Ken has been writing as a hobby and a passion. Thus far, he’s published eight books, along with several other tidbits, all of which are available on his website, 

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  1. Ahhh, I love that you assigned an exact percentage to the amount of additional dialogue you wanted to see. You girls are clearly passionate about reading, and so, so adorable--hope it's okay for me to say that :-)


    1. Thanks Emlyn :) Now we are blushing :$ it's more than Ok to say that. You too are adorable for thinking we are adorable :) (my parents would disagree with you hahaha)

      Thank you again, and I really hope to work with you in a future.