“Balance on the Terra – Book 1 of Legacy’s Children”, by Lottie M Hancock – A Review

3 starsBalance on the Terra – Book 1 of Legacy’s Children, by Lottie M Hancock

LottieSynopsis (from the Amazon page): “Balance on the Terra is the opening novel to the Legacy’s Children series. It introduces characters we all love to hear about (dwarfs, elves, giants and drow [sic]) along with new races, such as the heart of the series, the Holy Ones. They are an opnipitant [sic] race of beings who were born to help the Creator of Time to keep the balance in all things, for without that Balance, nothing can live as he had commanded. In this novel, one of the Holy Ones goes rogue and decides to destroy the race that had been a bane to his existence since they had been created. Man. Follow our misfit group of companions as they help the rest of the Holy Ones in their fight for Man’s survival. Can they keep the Balance and still keep the Man race alive?”

I’ve just finished reading Balance on the Terra by Lottie M Hancock. It’s a delightful story that held my interest from the beginning. Hancock made me care about the well-developed characters and the steady flow of perils they faced. While written for a YA audience, I believe the story will appeal to readers of all ages.

There are five Guardians, or Holy Ones. Gods and goddesses who are responsible for all life on Terra. Each one has special powers to aid in doing their jobs. After the introduction of Man to Terra, one god was particularly unimpressed and wanted to eradicate the “pestilence” from Terra. Thus, we have the beginnings of an epic struggle.

Unfortunately, errors in spelling and changes in voice marred my enjoyment of the book. The manuscript is in desperate need of editorial help from human readers rather than electronic “checkers” to locate and correct the mistakes.

I believe that with proper editing Balance on the Terra would be an “unputdownable” page turner. The story is well deserving of five stars, but the editing has forced me to lower my rating to three stars.

I received a copy of Balance on the Terra from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Balance CoverBalance on the Terra can be found at Amazon.

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About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. Since 2009 he has lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook.
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