If you’ve spent some time on this blog then you’d know that I set very high standards for myself, and in recent months have confessed that I now believe I can do much better than my first novel, The Sorrow, which I see as a solid stepping point for my journey as an author. Receiving feedback of any kind makes me very excited, and while we’d all love getting stellar scores on the work we do, if you’re realistic with your expectations then you cannot be disappointed and will only look to find the positives in the feedback you get. That said, a new review has come in from blogger Sheila, who has her own website where she does book reviews in a variety of genres.

I can’t stress enough how much reviews like this mean to newbie authors like myself, especially when you are aware that as a young and inexperienced writer your work is not exactly the best quality that others can find. With that in mind, before getting to the review, I’d like to extend my most sincere gratitude for it, and welcome both the praise and the criticism with equal enthusiasm, eager to apply whatever I can to my next book.

Right then, onto the actual review. Sheila opted to give my book a 3/5, or a 6/10 if you’re more into that sort of scale, which is absolutely a fair rating that I am very happy with. At the very least it means that my book could be read from start to finish and had merit, which is definitely what I will take away, since I’m not crazy enough to think there aren’t many flaws in my first ever published work. Perhaps when my second book rolls out I’ll write a comprehensive criticism on my first book, and how I would do it differently today. I certainly have ideas about that.

In any case, here is a small quote from the review:

The Sorrow is a dark heavy read, filled with detail and introspection, and set in a dark heavy world, not so far from home.

You can read the full review over at Goodreads, which is short and sweet – to the point.

Praises given include the level of detail and realism, the dark tone of the book, the depiction of the protagonist’s descent into inhumanity, and the ability of the book to allow readers to ponder and draw their own conclusions. The main flaws observed were the complex explanations which sometimes detracted from the detailed realism, and the sometimes unconvincing logic behind what I assume was a reference to character motivations.