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James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.
Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.
Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?
In I, James, Mike Hartner provides no shortage of action and adventure. Whether on land or on sea, the novel’s title character moves swiftly from place to place, confronting the challenges that arise with the characters who surround him. His story is enjoyable and, for the most part, well-paced. (It did take me a handful of chapters to really get into the story.) That being said, I do wish Hartner portrayed more emotion and inner character development within the happenings. Overall, I felt mostly disconnected from the characters, with action overshadowing emotion, and as I read, I don’t think I truly commiserated or rejoiced over their circumstances with them. I really like to emotionally connect with characters, so this was a bit disappointing for me. However, this is just my personal preference and by no means do I think other readers can’t enjoy this tale. Fans of historical adventure could easily enjoy I, James. (Don’t worry if you haven’t read I, Walter, the first novel in Hartner's Eternity series, yet. I, James can easily be read as a standalone.)
Thanks to Mike Hartner and Pump Up Your Book, I received a copy of I, James and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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About the Author
Mike won first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction and first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Dante Rosetti Award in the YA category for I, Walter.
His latest book is the historical fiction/romance, I, James.