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First of what I hope will be a regular thing ^___^
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f14ace Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Don't pay any attention to the detractors.  There are some people who will never be pleased no matter what.  I literally just finished reading the first book and it blew me away.  Shard is an amazing character and very well written.  The only reason I'm not reading the second book right now is because I'm having to wait for my kindle to recharge.  If the other books are anything like the first then I'm eagerly looking forward to reading them.  In fact, I'm going to encourage other people to do the same.  Anyone who loves gryphons like I do owes it to themselves to check these books out.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much ^__^ It means a lot that you're spreading the word. It always makes my day to know that someone is enjoying the books. Love 
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f14ace Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016
I actually finished the second book.  I'm just waiting for some free time to start on the third.  I'm totally loving this series.
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016
To be honest I don't think that this kind of comments are proper review. I usually take a look at reviews, but try to pick the more complex ones.
A review should feature all the different aspects of a book, analyze them, make a balance, and evaluate if overhall the book works.
The components for a good book, and a good book reviews are many: the fantasy, the main plot, the subplots, the protagonist, the side characters, the villain(s), the character development of protagonist and other characters (if possible due numbers and time).

As I said before, no book is exempt by defects: the point is to make a balance, and see the general result.
Also, being a series can't be ignored in such way. Especially considering you fixed the main defect I found in the first book (a bit too much emphasis on the expected role of the chosen-one) with a greater action and
initiative coming from secondary and support characters who became protagonists as well.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel strongly that book 2 was stronger than book 1 so it's always great to hear that readers agree. I also read more complex reviews when shopping for books. When you've written a book, it's just generally not a good idea to read the reviews unless you worry a lot that you're going to let readers down or something.

I love that this is stirring up such reactions in people XD I actually haven't gotten a review that was just like this-- it was more sparked by someone in a forum who had gotten such a review. And . . .

 . . . . It's really just a joke XD  The old saying goes, "You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time."
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AlphaYami Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
This is why it's good to keep in mind #2 & #3 of the five laws of library science. Every reader his or her book. Every book its reader.

Your books will find their readers. :)

As for me I like characters that grow and develop over time.

Love the comic and I look forward to more of them.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank yoU! Yes, I agree ^__^

And I hope to do many more little comics. :D 
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The-Skykian-Archives Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear to high heaven, people just can't be pleased!  Make them reasonable and selfless and they're called a mary sue.  Give them faults and they become an annoying brat.

Though to be honest Shard didn't really strike me as bratty/selfish.  Just raised in an unsavory environment where he didn't learn better values until after he met *spoilers* and went through *spoilers*

Crud, I still need to find time to read the third book lol
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh get on it! ;) ;)

Haha, thanks ^_^
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I actually like getting to see watching the character grow and being formed by his decisions, and the events around him. I really liked that in "generation war/ unsere Mütter unsere Väter" or in "stalingrad" just for example.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I enjoy watching characters grow, too!
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DerAnanasKing Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
or seeing them breaking down
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Scrap-Lord Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
Sounds familiar.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People are funny huh? Nuu 
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Scrap-Lord Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
Actually i barely get any comments on m drawings here.
what i mean t more is.
I'm all too familliar with  the cycle of

create something something you love
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get depressed because reaction wasn't nearly as good as you wanted it to be 

so yeah, i can sympathize 

i guess the funny part how it never stops anyone from doing it again immediately after that xD
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that's the great part. Never let reactions stop you. Art is done Mostly for personal reasons, at first ^__^
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Red-IzaK Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"People" ;D

it's why I'm a misanthrope D:
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But at least you make good use of your time ;D
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dot-DOLL Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Whaaaat? I didn't get that vibe with him at all. He's young, yes, but he's stated as such - it's the beginning of his journey. That's the whole point of coming-of-age themes.

PEOPLE. I do wish they'd understand age groups and genres before they buy a book.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heheheheh.

To be fair-- I have not gotten this Exact review >_< But a couple similar, and authors I know have had the exact reaction. People didn't give their characters a chance to grow. It's just interesting what we expect from books nowadays...

I found myself doing the same thing to the MC in Warriors, then realized he was only a kitten and would probably learn from his poor decisions and be better for it. (And he did XD ). I think it's human instinct to have trouble watching people fail . . .
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dot-DOLL Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Some people are so impatient for gratification these days :/

I haven't yet read Warriors, it's not well known in this country, but it's on my substantial list. How many books are in the series? It looks to be like 20+ WHICH IS COOL
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's quite a few! I'm just about to finish the first "set" that's the first in the world, then move on to whatever the next timeline is.
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dot-DOLL Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
*mr burns voice* Excellent...
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Boogie! 
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RA-Meenan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is always frustrating isn't it? "Oh man, my character does all these things and really grows and it's awesome! Aaaaand some reviewer thinks it sucks. Poo on them."

I got a one star review that basically said everything sucked, but he never quite articulated WHY. Makes me think he never got far enough into the book. o_o
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OOooooooo that's rotten. That's the kind of review that really stings, but I would ignore. Unless they can say something helpful that *might* possible have a grain of truth and *might* be something you can use to improve future books... ignore it. Easier said than done.
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RA-Meenan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm taking it more like a badge of honor. Hey, someone was angry enough at my book that they had to let the WHOLE WORLD know. GASP. Plus, I got another review right after it that was long and detailed and happily pointed out that the one star review wasn't fair. That boosted my ego. =D
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY! See? ^____^
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Jewel-Wing Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually saw a 3 star review on Amazon for SotSK just recently where the reviewer said they didn't think the gryphons having armour was realistic because they had no way of making it. I wanted to shake them hard for you and shout "Pay attention! It's dragon treasure!"

On a kinda related note... I handed over my fantasy novel manuscript to some of my friends for some feedback/reviews not long ago and one of the things someone said was "I find it hard to relate to the characters since they're pretty much all dragons, I don't think anyone will want to read about non-humans." Do you ever get people saying that about your works since all your characters are animals and fantasy creatures? I'm not sure if this person's view is in the minority or not, personally I love stepping into another world and another creature's skin... After all fantasy is all about the impossible, right? ^^
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FRivArts Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd say it's the majority view. Non-humans are relatively niche. Not that it's supposed to stop you. You're making something for a niche, you should probably find people who are into it, almost always guaranteed to have viewed material of the sort and have a more accurate and/or "realistic" expectation, also being in the right mindset or be capable of getting the feel of being on four feet XD You make a show for kids with simplistic plotlines they can follow and old tropes (which are probably that child's introduction to said tropes, because nobody is born knowing these)... you don't really expect it to appeal to adults, although it'd be a nice surprise if it does, and if you seek adult review, you'll probably be looking for people who create or help produce similar products.
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Jewel-Wing Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the input! :D I always knew it'd be in some sort of niche, well even just the fantasy genre can be a niche in itself, a lot of people I know don't like reading fantasy or sci-fi. So it's kinda a niche within a niche once you make all the characters non human, and once you start doing that its hard to know if you're just going to be left with pretty much no appeal. I mean, I want to write what I enjoy but I also want to write something other people will enjoy too! xD
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I also just say your signature is epic, :iconfrivarts:   Clap 
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FRivArts Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ;3
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's just a matter of finding your audience! There are plenty of us who grew up with the Lion King, for instance, and if you want to write animal fiction for adults, I highly recommend targeting the "furry" market. They're a welcoming bunch and they definitely want to read all about dragons and could care less about humans.

My motto is if you want to write it, there's someone out there who wants to read it. A few friends haven't read my books because it's just not their thing--and that's fine! I don't read military thriller, so . . . find your tribe and write for them!
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Jewel-Wing Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the advice! Your books have been a big inspiration to me ever since I found them so your insight is very valuable to me! :)

It's always a delicate balance, knowing where the others have a valid point - as you are writing to keep an audience engaged and happy - and where you have to listen to your own heart and just make what you enjoy. Hopefully I can find a balance where both are true, but I still have a lot of editing ahead of me I think! xD
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's sounds like your head is in the right place. And it's good to take the time to edit and grow your craft-- there's no rush in publishing, and it's not a race ^__^ Enjoy the journey.
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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't even read the reviews of things I haven't seen/bought yet for the same reason. Critics are always way off the mark.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm way too easily influenced by reviews >___< I especially try to avoid them with books and movies I'm excited about.
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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
And children's toy commercials too for that matter. Toys are some of the worst for giving out spoilers! :o
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EvilMariobot Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
Tell me about it, when Power Rangers was hyping up the White Ranger and making it seem like he was going to fight a brainwashed Green Ranger, I see this toy at the store marked "Tommy, The White Ranger". So much for their big reveal, eh?
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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh goodness, yes. I'm glad I don't really follow any book or television series any more 'cause I have two kids and it wouldn't be fair to them if I ran and hid from the toy aisle every time we went to the store. :XD:
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Regolith247 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
Aww, don't listen to them! A good character will never satisfy everyone- and you shouldn't try either! I for one love all of your characters!

And the comic is fun, too!
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thanks! I haven't gotten this review personally, but some similar, and I know quite a few authors who have characters who grow throughout the series but get criticized early on. Sometimes you just can't win :D hence the title ;D
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