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September 15, 2015

Unrated: The Sleeping King by Cindy Dees and Bill Flippin

Series: TBA
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Epic Fantasy

Dees has won a Golden Heart Award, two RITAs for Category Suspense and Adventure and has also twice snared RT's Series Romantic Suspense of the Year. She is a great storyteller, and the adventures in her more than fifty novels are often inspired by her own life. Dees is an Air Force vet-the youngest female pilot in Air Force history-and fought in the first Gulf War. She's had amazing adventures, and she's used her experiences to tell some kickass stories.

But as much as she loves romances, Cindy's other passion has been fantasy gaming. For almost twenty years she's been involved with Dragon Crest, one of the original live action role-playing games. She's the story content creator on the game, and wanted to do an epic fantasy based on it, with the blessing and input of Dragon Crest founder Bill Flippin.

The Sleeping King is the first in an epic fantasy series, featuring the best of the genre: near immortal imperial overlords, a prophecy of a sleeping elven king who's said to be the savior of the races . . . and two young people who are set on a path to save the day.



I'm going to say it now, THE SLEEPING KING by Cindy Dees is not for me. I'm not the right reader for this book. I can read epic fantasy, and I know that getting through chunky books like this requires a lot of patience. The cast is usually massive, the world building is immense, and the scope is all encompasing. I love how the genre can engulf the readers for days or weeks on end, depending on one's reading speed, and I was looking forward to getting lost in the world of Dragon Crest for the weekend.

Yeah, that's not what happened. 

The first chapter was fantastic albeit lengthy. Chapter 1 painted the lay of the land perfectly and introduced the key players: Bad guys are ruling the empire, but there's a prophecy fortelling the demise of the current rule. Exciting right? And it was for me for the most part. Reading THE SLEEPING KING got tedious for me on the latter half. And I can't pinpoint the whys of it. All I know is I found myself skimming and skipping a lot of parts until it got to the part where the heroes finally met THE SLEEPING KING.

And I was underwhelmed. All those deaths. All those sacrifices and battles for nothing! It felt very anti-climactic for me because basically the King will remain sleeping for reasons I can't say as it will be spoilery. 

Now don't take my word for it. THE SLEEPING KING has it's great parts and I'm sure it will be a sweeping tale for the right reader. As far as I'm concerned though, this is just one of those books that didn't work for me. If you're interested though, read this postive and enthusiastic review by Between Dreams and Reality instead. 








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50 comments:

  1. A shame that this read wasn't for you, it sounds so promising. Sounds like a lot of action all for nothing.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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    1. For me it was, for some reader it might be the perfect adventure for them.

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  2. Sorry my friend. It can happen, but now you're sure lol after trying twice, that's for sure. I hope your next book is better.

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    1. Thanks for helping me out though, I really appreciate it

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  3. Hmmm, dunno. I love fantasy, but fantasy like all genres can be boring

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    1. Hahaha, I will ask you for recs next time. I know epic fantasy is your genre

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  4. That's too bad. I have to be in the mood and prepared for epic fantasy.

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    1. I thought I was too. I just picked the wrong book I think

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  5. Umm . . . I'm not convinced it was just you. "All those deaths"? "All those sacrifices and battle for nothing"? NOTHING? I mean, it could just be me, but when I invest in characters and they die and there's no payout . . . *flares nostrils* I'm thinking I'ma skip this one. Thanks for the heads-up!

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    1. I was a bit annoyed that the King has to remain "sleeping" for some reason.

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  6. Hmm. I've not read any epic fantasy - not sure I ever will - but I'm thinking that this is one I would skip if I ever did decide to read it. I don't want to invest the time in a book and its characters to be underwhelmed. I'm sorry this read wasn't worth your time, Braine. But I appreciate your candor in your thoughts on it. :)

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    1. Oh well, nothing ventured nothing gained, right?

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    1. Yup. Oh well, I don't think I'll be taking risks again anytime soon lol

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  8. Sorry this didn't quite work for you but I don't think it was just you, I have seen similar reviews around the blogsphere as well. ;)

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    1. That's a bit comforting, at least I'm not the only one who went against the grain

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  9. Ah yes it does happen to all of us. I just hate that feeling of being let down when I was so looking forward to a certain read.
    Better Luck with the next book Braine!

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    1. Thank you. I'm more disappointed I've broken my good streak!

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  10. Hm, still on the fence - now more than ever! - about this one. It looks good, ticks lots of boxes in my book, but yours isn't the first unhappy review I read...

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    1. I wish I could've read that one you were reading last week or the week before. That one sounds fab!

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  11. I think I am with you on this one. Epic fantasy starts off well for me, and then I start getting bored with all the battles and blood and lose interest.

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    1. I'm not giving up though. I'm determined to read one soon and darn it! I have to enjoy it! lol

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  12. I find the big ass epic fantasy books I get bored easily with :(

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    1. I have to admit, 500 pages is trying to read. I have to psych myself to relax and take it one page at a time. Epics are an exercise of patience

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  13. Sorry this one didn't work out for you. It's hard to keep reading when you're underwhelmed. You're right...it takes a lot of patience to get through these types of books.

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  14. I love fantasy but I don't have patience for it a lot of the time. And a LOT of it doesn't work for me at all. So I'd say this probably wouldn't wow me either.

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    1. I'm surprised! I see a lot of fantasy novels in your blog

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  15. I'm not big on Fantasy books, it's just not my genre.

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    1. I can see that. Heck, it doesn't work for me sometimes too

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  16. It is really hard when a book doesn't keep you hooked. I find with fantasy either I am swept up or I cannot get into it.

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    1. Yeah and 500 pages and up is a big commitment.

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  17. A few years ago all I read was high fantasy, but ever since I stopped reading that genre then I can't easily get into high fantasy books. And those books are always so long. It also really depends on how they are written, often it feels like high fantasy is a bit slow? I am sorry this one wasn't for you.

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    1. Me too! I've read long novels, liked it, but I wanted to go back and revisit the genre. See if I can enjoy it since I got time to spare. I mean, you can read epic fantasy in one sitting, at least for me it takes days. So it's irritating when you've invested time and it didn't pan out great.

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  18. I'm hit or miss on High Fantasy. Sorry this one didn't work for you.

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    1. I can't get into high fantasy at all. My threshold is epic

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  19. Sorry this one wasn't for you- I agree that these types of reads need to give you some kind of payoff for the huge time investment that they normally require.

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    1. Yup! I need to be rewarded with a good ending

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  20. Hmm. Sounds like it's of it's own way in the fantasy realm of books. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  21. Oh wow. I don't think I've ever read a review like this from your before. I can see why it's tough to rate this one.

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    1. The last one I didn't rate was the Glittering World. That one had an open ending. I can't stand zero closure!

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  22. I hate that The Sleeping King didn't work for you. When it comes to high fantasy, it has to be exciting or it starts to lag! At least for me :)

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    1. I guess I've been "trained" my fast paced UF that everything has to be snappy and snazzy from beginning to end. I need to learn again how to read epics

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  23. It sounds like this isn't for me either. But I rarely like epic fantasy anyway, so this would have been extra scrutinized heh. I think it is awesome that you're sharing a positive review with your not so much one :)

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    1. I'm just one reader, I think any book is perfect for someone. It just so happens that I'm not it for this.

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  24. So sorry this didn't work for you, Braine! I get what you mean, but that's part of the epic I actually really enjoy - but I definitely have to be in the right mood for a huge cast of characters as well as all that worldbuilding - there's nothing light about that kind of read :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  25. This isn't a book I would probably pick up either, but I do have to say that I'm super intrigued by the author and her adventures. As an Air Force vet myself, I love hearing about kick-ass women who get it done. Great review! Hugs...Ro

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  26. Aww sorry that this wasn't for you, but it sounds like my cuppa tea :)

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  27. I literally JUST started getting into High Fantasy as well as Urban, so I'm still a newb who needs to take it in small doses. I love a lengthy story lines and complex plots, so maybe this will work for me!

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