Anyway, it's understandable that I'd be a little nervous to see my first piece of objective feedback. I do have a couple of reviews on Amazon, which were positive, but they are pretty generic. But this review on a website called EAB Publishing Company would qualify as my first totally objective, substantive review I think, although it only covers the first 100 pages. Here's a highlight:
I started reading On the Backs of Dragons and quickly got into it. The characters are well developed and the author gives them each a unique presence so you quickly keep them apart. The world On the Backs of Dragons takes place in also has a lot of room to develop back-story and I found myself wanting to know more about it. For an author’s first book I am impressed so far. The opportunities so far have been minor. There are some grammar and structural opportunities, but nothing you can’t skim past. I feel like there are also some points where the book could be longer to better establish character personalities and story points, but nothing major. I am reading on.Anyway, the reason I am calling it a birthday present is because it was published on my birthday! Kind of cool. Anyway, I hope he enjoys the other 250 pages. The issues he has with the book are hopefully just my lack of experience showing - for example, when I had to make a decision about cutting back story or keeping the story moving, I almost always cut back story. I wanted to make it a swift read not bogged down with needless details, or details that were not central to the story anyway. I don't doubt that I may have taken it to extremes. As far as grammar errors, I won't pretend to be pleased about those!
Anyway, this made my day, and I am very grateful that Mr. Benson chose to read and review my book (coincidentally, I am from the Benson area of Omaha and was once a Bunny).