First of all, I usually do not write stories where the protagonist(s) come from an isolated lifestyle to superpower lifestyle overnight. I follow, very loosely, the heroes journey where the protagonist(s) are ignorant at the beginning. I get irritated in stories where the elder characters know everything and the protagonists don't, BUT you have to think of the protagonist like a terminally ill child and the elders like parents. They both know the kid needs treatment. The child may ask what is going to happen to him. The parent will either say I don't know or it will be okay, we will deal with it as it comes to comfort the child. Neither child nor adult knows what is going to happen. however, the parent will rarely say "I don't know" because the instinct is to comfort the child rather than to make the child aware that the parent is clueless. So, even though my elder characters do not know what will happen, really, they will still comfort the protagonist by feigning that they have some sort of plan. When the protagonist realizes that the elder is clueless or when the elder (mentor in the heroes journey scenario) dies they must move out on their own for better or for worse. This epiphany can occur at anytime. I choose not to kill off my elders just yet so an epiphany for Dorenn and the other (heroes) is inevitable or there would be no story progression. This is not a flaw in the storyline, it's the first book in a series of books.
Secondly, Earnest Hemingway wrote in short, simple sentences and his stories are still complex. The simple sentences had no bearing on the magnitude of the story. I am no Hemingway but I see no need to make over-complicated sentences full of info-dump. I am always perplexed why simple, clear sentences are sometimes viewed negatively.
I am going to bed now because I have to attend my mother's funeral tomorrow. This is the one time that I probably am pretty grumpy. Again, most of the reviews have been really good and I am so thankful for the people who have provided them. I will continue on for the many fans that enjoy my books. Heck, I will continue on for the people who don't like my books because I believe, despite claiming otherwise, that they will secretly read the series anyway. I will probably never write another blog like this because most of the low end reviews are comical or trolls, but I felt I was entitled this one time. It's probably a little therapeutic for me to vent, not because of reviews, but because my mother will never get to read my writing again and that upsets me more than any crappy review. I am thankful that I also got a really good review at the same time to cheer me up, Thanks!