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The author often posts adds about it being the next read since Wheel of Time. Loving The Wheel of Time, I decided to give it a chance. I got the audio book, and the narration is done well. It is really slow in the beginning, but when it picks up and you start to connect a few pieces, it becomes very interesting. I love the many different characters and points of view as you're wondering how they will connect. Then as the connection becomes clear, a big ah-hah moment, especially with the character "Trail of the Tides", revelations are very exciting and interesting, and it has a fantastic ending where you see one character from one plot thread come to another. Well done minor cliffhanger to a long book, and what looks like a potentially very good series. I look forward to listening to book 2.
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This is another book I've added to my to-read list. It looks to be a very fun read. Here's the description:
What is the price of kingship?
The kingdom of Caledan is thrown into turmoil by the queen’s murder. Her heir, Soren, flees with a price on his head after being framed for the killing by his uncle Zaki, who seizes the legendary throne of the Dragon Kings and rules with an iron fist to crush dissent. However, suspicion is rife following Zaki’s ill-omened coronation and a crime ill-fitting the beloved Prince Soren.
Now a fugitive roaming the wild, Soren has lost everything. He tries to reconcile his grief and determine how he can reclaim his throne when fate has left him with just one old man, but the odds are greatly against him. If no-one follows him, or believes his innocence, is he worthy to rule?
Across the kingdom, Soren’s cousin Eve takes matters into her own hands and journeys to the ethereal Eldarkind on his behalf, however this reveals her own inescapable fate. As she comes to terms with the gift and the curse of magic, Eve risks her life to help Soren.
Before the fragile peace shatters, can Soren reclaim the throne - and should he?
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Lindsay Buroker is a fantastic fantasy author. She also writes Steampunk and Sci-Fi. This series of hers has 5 books for 99 cents. I can't wait to take a look and see what's inside. This is a steal of a boxed set. Here's the description:
When her island home is invaded by enemy soldiers, her family captured, and the town enslaved, Taylina must find a way to fight back and free her people. But their enemies have powerful warships, sorcerers, and dragons. Her simple people are no match. Her only hope is to venture onto the forbidden half of the island and seek the one individual powerful enough to battle their enemies, a dragon known for eating humans rather than helping them.
Find out what happens to Taylina and meet the dragon who thinks he’s a god in Dragon Rider, a prequel to Lindsay’s USA Today bestselling Dragon Blood series.
In addition to Dragon Rider, Beginnings features four previously published fantasy adventure novels, all with new introductions from the author:
The Emperor’s Edge
Balanced on the Blade’s Edge
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I listened to the audio book. And let me tell you, the first main character Serhan, totally sounded like my main character for a minute "Searon", and I was like, what? And I had to look up the spelling.
Anyway, this book started on an interesting note. The pace began swiftly, and the action took off from the start. Akiri is a very strong character, a balance between a warrior and a bounty hunter, able to work with his men, or fight solo. He is ruthless and loyal to his king, even though his king is a questionable character. His loyalty won't fade.
He has to find an artifact for his king and travels to other parts of the world where where there aren't wars and the kingdom not as corrupt, but he doesn't see it.
He meets a few pretty dumb side characters, who either help him or hinder him, but I'm astounded how dumb they are. An intelligent big business man wouldn't risk potentially killing his competition if it is reasonable that everyone would know he would have something to do with it. Someone who's planning on attacking someone who is so much stronger than them wouldn't invite them into their house and reveal them plans with no escape. Especially after the clever way they were able to manipulate the person to get something for them. I think both of those parts could have been written a bit better, with a bit more to it so they don't look like complete idiots, and it would make Akiri stronger and more brilliant, if he were able to take out intelligent people instead of ones who don't have much sense.
I love the dragon and the relation that is built with him, as well as the female "sell-sword" and the conflict that happens with them.
The ending turned out good, a bit of a surprise that facts didn't sway him in the slightest, but it shows the character really well. I wonder if there'll be a book 2.
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Beauty and the ... Dragon?
The start of this novel was a bit slow, but the plot developed well. This is set in the late 1800s / early 1900s and tells a great story about how African-Americans were treated during the time. It was an interesting read and really had you feeling for the main character by the end. It also makes you ashamed of how people were treated so long ago and hopeful for how far we've come in this country.
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This was a fun read. There was no slow start for this novel. It gripped you at the introduction and in the first chapter. It had you wanting to read more, and wondering why so many people were convinced that this cult was "The Way", but when you find out more about it, and what kind of people were targeted, you can understand. At first you can't understand the mother, but when her guilt comes forth you can understand why she did what she did. I don't want to get too much into it and give spoilers, but those of you who love a fast paced tale of someone trying to escape something without leaving her family, this tale is for you. It reminded me a lot of a book I read recently, "The Protector" by Aleta Davis, though that one has quite a bit more adult content in it, but both are centered around a cult feeding lies about God and the bible to convince naive people to follow them. A great read.
Genre: New Adult
I've read several Young Adult books. Twilight Saga, Immortals series, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, as well as many others. If you love any of these popular Young Adult fiction with a touch of fantasy element, you will certainly enjoy this book. I recommend it to everybody who enjoys a great Young Adult read. What are you waiting on? Pick this book up and give it a read right now.
This is one of the most original and fun reads I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Ms. Scarbrough is a very talented author and grips you from the first chapter. After that, there is little you can do except plow through the story with its excellent characters and plot.
The main character is excellent, real, and extremely lovable. You will connect with her early and want to learn more about her as a character.
The ending is satisfying and yet makes you crave more. As this is "Unfinished 1", I am really hopeful that there will be another in the series to find out more about this awesome world.
I know anybody that picks up this book will thoroughly enjoy it.
Genre: Young Adult
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Slow start. The beginning of this novel is a bit rough to get through, the pace is a bit slow, but its largest problem is that there are so many characters that it is hard keeping everybody straight. Once you get to about 16-17% it really picks up and becomes a good read that is hard to put down.
The setting is post apocalyptic science fiction. It has fantasy elements where there is a magic system that is only briefly explained. This novel seems to take place around 3000 A.D. and it has a lot to say about how larger governments have failed by trying to be too controlling and giving more money to convicts and prisons than the people. Because of that, there was a large revolt that caused much of the land to be destroyed.
I liked the book, but I see room for improvement. I would tell the author to take another look at the beginning 15% and see how to make things clearer, maybe introduce the characters at a slower pace so we can get to know them before being rushed to another. I would also update the cover, while it is a nice drawing and represents the main castle, I would talk to a graphic designer to clean it up a bit and make it more appealing to readers scrolling through covers. Also, the formatting is a bit rough. You can tell the author used tabs instead of the rule for indention. I would remove all the tabs and replace with first line .25 indention.
I think there was a lot of build up for the good guys to overpower the bad, but when the moment happened it felt it was over too quickly.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and the pace was good. There was a lot of point of view changes, but after the 16% mark it was easy enough to follow. I think this book could be a lot better if these few small things were looked at and worked on, but I'd definitely recommend to post apocalyptic fans who don't mind a leniency toward a darker nature. Adult content.
I'll be interested in reading the next book.
Genre: post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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This book starts out a little slow, but soon you won't be able to put it down. The cities around the city are interesting, the quotes from Sento of Yang are very good. The world building is fantastic. The authors bring in a world of sea creatures in the center of the cities. They are completely original and have their own politics. He shows clearly how one of the creatures climbed to the top and changed their politics that started the war against the humans. There are also very interesting creatures in the desert, giant desert serpents that have an incredible backstory. There are a few things that could make the story a little better, like a better conclusion to the sea creatures and its leaders, but overall this is a spectacular read. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Epic Fantasy. This is probably the best Indie stand alone book I've read in fantasy. I really hope this author decides to go to ACX and have an audio book made, I will gladly listen to the story again. This is definitely a book you'll want to re-read. The ending to this story is excellent, I don't think it could have had a more perfect ending line to the book.
Genre: Epic Fantasy
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