Awakenings (Guardians of Aandor #1) ★☆☆☆☆ DNF@49%

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Title: Awakenings
Series: Guardians of Aandor #1
Author: Edward Lazellari
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 246/DNF@49%
Words: 89K/44k


DNF’s don’t usually get a synopsis from me unless the DNF is ALL about me. This doesn’t fall into that small category.

My Thoughts:

This was pretty grim and bleak so I was wondering if I could handle 3 books of it, but the story was humming right along. I figured I could handle grim and bleak with a fast paced story.

Then along came a very low blow political statement and so I was done. Done with this book, done with this series and done with this writer. It isn’t worth my time or emotional energy to get upset about it but I won’t spend a second more on it than this.

Not quite the way I was hoping to start the month, but I guess you can’t win them all!


25 thoughts on “Awakenings (Guardians of Aandor #1) ★☆☆☆☆ DNF@49%

    1. nah, one of the main characters was thinking about some other characters and negatively described them because of some of their beliefs and habits and then exclaims “Oh, they must be X’s” (political party). When you believe that saving a baby’s life is a bad thing, well, I’m done with you as an author.

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      1. I remember, I think the same character also makes some scornful remark about a particular news network and their viewership (if you got that far)? I remember thinking, well, I guess the author simply couldn’t help inserting his own agenda and political views into the story.

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        1. I’m pretty sure I did read that part and I let it slide but when the second part happened, it was enough for me to realize the author was message writing, so I dropped it.


    1. I have a tag “Authors to avoid” that I periodically check. I do have enough that I couldn’t remember them all off the top of my head, but at the same time many of them are not prolific enough for it to be a big issue for me.

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  1. Well….that’s good, means I at least won’t have to add new books right of now to my to read list, which is already 100 miles long lol😂 Cover of the book looks pretty good though, but well…we all know we can’t judge a book by it’s cover😂 Sorry you had to start the month with such a bad novel, but hey…things will probably only improve from here right? 🤔🤔😀😀

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  2. I know exactly what you’re talking about. Granted, I usually let the political statements/agendas just slide off me now because it seems like it’s everywhere and unavoidable, but I do find it annoying whenever they seep into books. I wish authors would just stop, and I’m talking in general, to both sides of the aisle, and not just targeting this series (though the wife in book two gets very judge-y and pretty much makes snide comments and gives off a holier than thou attitude to anyone not conforming to her big city liberal views). Imagine alienating potential readers on purpose.

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    1. “Imagine alienating potential readers on purpose.”

      That is what sprang to my mind too. A lot of sf fandom is pretty right wing, and they buy a lot and read a lot, so why deliberately try to drive them away? Good to know about the wife, because that means I’d probably have dnf’d the second book anyway, sigh.


  3. I see a lot of political stuff in the apocalypse books I read and I do expect to see it. After all it’s tough to be a prepper MC and not be right wing pro gun characters when stockpiling for SHTF! Being more right wing in some of my views means I enjoy these reads and most are fine, even if I don’t agree with all the views of every character. That’s fiction after all. The ones I DNF are where the books become a total political rant with no story or point to any of it or where I find the views really offensive. Sadly it looks like that is what you got here!

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    1. Exactly. If you’re not writing to a specific audience (like Larry Correia, for example, and even he doesn’t use names or mock specific systems in his books), then just stay away from it.
      You’re going to alienate a large portion of people who read SFF….

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    1. There were just so many other ways to accomplish what he wanted that it was obvious he wrote what he did on purpose. Now, if his book were aimed at the sjw crowd, it would have been completely understandable, but it wasn’t. It was squarely aimed at the swords, guns and monsters group, which tends to lean right. Why do that to the people who are going to actually BUY your book and support you?

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