This is my first encounter with the author's work and I have mixed feelings with this effort. Let me mention what I liked first then I will move onto what I felt was lacking. I really enjoyed some of the interpretations of the chief captains' personalities, Moroni's inner struggle with the emotions of leading an army and Lehi's reluctance to fully support the young general for example. I also liked the spiritual balance that the young Moroni showed as he tried to be a Christian in the middle of a bloody, revenge filled battleground. The relationship between Moroni and his father was an excellent way to add some background and interest to a very familiar scripture story.
I purchased this book for my 13 year old son but read it before he had a chance and I did not pass it on to him as planned, for two reasons. First, I felt that a few of the battle sequences, though probably very accurate, were a little too graphic. Second, I don't think that the story telling would hold his attention. One story line that threw me for a loop was the flirtatious encounter with the Lamanite princess early in the book. Now, I loved the fact that Moroni was kissed by a beautiful girl but I'm sot sure either one of them would have been ready for romance with their father's having died in battle the previous day.
I will move to the second volume of the series in hopes that the author gets into a groove as he spends more time with these characters. I feel that this work overall was entertaining/uplifting enough to support scripture based fiction with my purchasing dollars.
I thought this book was OK, not great. About half way through I wanted to quit but have a nagging need to finish books that I start (unless there is a lot of bad language or other inappropriate things in it).
For starters, I did not feel a deep connection to the characters other than the fact that I already knew and loved them from the Book of Mormon or other LDS fiction books that I have read, but if I did not have that background and just picked up this book as a regular work of fiction I would have no feelings toward these characters. There was not really enough dialogue or background information or anything to get to know them and what little dialogue there was (especially when it came to the antagonists) was generally cheesy.
The "bad guys" in addition to being cheesy were often dull-witted and incompetent which kind of got on my nerves a bit (like when I watch those type of shows like "Blank Check" or "Home Alone" where the adults are always stupid and easily outwitted by the kid). Plus they were too blatantly and outwardly selfish and greedy. I always imagine these characters, such as Pachus and Zarahemnah, as being more crafty in their evil and charismatic, otherwise how could they have risen to their positions and had so many followers?
Plus he made it feel like all these battles happened one after another within a few days or weeks of each other, but came to find out in the end that two years had passed! Not a huge deal in the scheme of things, I understand the author had to condense and squish things together but he could have done a better job with the time line of the battles.
Along these same lines, not a huge deal and nothing to do with the plot or anything like that, just a minor distraction/irritation of mine was the fact that there were multiple typos in this book, especially not being able to put the i in soldier so that instead it read solder (found at least seven of those). plus he would use words and items that were clearly not historically accurate such as having a sheriff at Manti.
Other than that it was a decent book and fun to read so long as you don't think too hard about it lol
This book was probably the most detailed thing i have ever read other than a textbook. Moroni was an amazing character and great problem solver.
I just got done reading this book and it took me 3 days to finish it. I enjoyed the book thoroughly. I could see how the author Jason Mow maybe put some of his experiences into the book. I liked how he had all of the relationships between the characters and how they interacted with each other. It was great to read how the author thought some of the events played out and filled in some of the blanks that he thought might have happened. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an action and adventure story. I don't read many books. I am not a book worm type of person. I am glad I added this book to my list of books I have read. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
I was totally intrigued by this book and it's portrayal of General Moroni and the other great warriors of the War Chapters.. The heroes in this book are inspirational and exciting to read about. Every person from the age of 8 to 88 will love this book with is powerful resolution of conflict and well described battle scenes. There is something awesome about a hero in today's world that we would love for our children to emulate and learn from. I can't wait to read the next volume as the War Chapters come to life and the Book of Mormon continues to be a marvelous inspiration to us all. Thanks to the author for sharing his vision and insight of these chapters, and what a great story teller! This is a must for all of my children and grandchildren to read and I highly recommend it to everyone.. .