Book Review | Legend Destiny
Title: Legend Destiny
Author: Nance Bulow-Morgan
Over the last few years, I have been experimenting with reading self-published and indie books because the idea of someone skipping the traditional publishing route is a fascinating one. Unfortunately, there have been very few self-published or indie books that have impressed me, and Nance Bulow-Morgan’s Legend Destiny is my most recent disappointment. I was originally attracted to Legend Destiny because of the plot synopsis on the back of the book and the promise of a strong female heroine in Diony. Sadly, the back of the book is much more exciting than the story I found between the covers.
Legend Destiny’s lead character is Diony, a story teller who discovers that she has powers and may be the savior spoken of in an ancient prophecy. After her mother’s death, Diony and her lover, Brynal, travel out of their city to find a sword that will aid Diony in defeating the wicked Overlord. Meanwhile, the Overlord’s people are in hot pursuit of Diony, and it’s only a matter of time before they will meet face to face for the ultimate confrontation.
One of the biggest complaints that most people have about self-published and indie authors is the lack of editing in their books. Though Nance Bulow-Morgan acknowledges two people for providing edits for Legend Destiny at the beginning of her book, anyone with strong writing and editing skills of their own will not believe that this book went through any edits before it was submitted for publication through Outskirts Press. Legend Destiny has many errors throughout the text: missing punctuation, wrong punctuation, poor grammar, and mixing up homophones, to name a few. Additionally, the dialogue in Legend Destiny is very awkward; I kept stumbling over what the characters were saying and became frustrated with this book very quickly. Lastly, there were several places where Morgan was repetitive in her writing, which made her story very bland and uninviting.
I appreciate and respect all of the hard work that any author dedicates to writing and publishing, but this author should have gone through several of her own revisions first and then entrusted her work to a professional editor. Though the cost of an editor might seem high for self-published authors (who pay to publish and market), they owe it not only to themselves, but also to any reader that spends the money to read their books.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*