Blood of Ambrose [NOOK Book]

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In a remote city on the edge of two worlds, where blood has power and water is more precious than freedom, three far-flung friends unite on a quest to save their families. Sal Hrvati’s estranged father has brought more into the world than the woman he loved. Instead of saving her from the Void Beneath, he has summoned an unknown creature — a creature with a mission of its own and a past that stretches back to the beginning of the world. The quest to find both of them entangles Sal and his companions in a hunt for...
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Overview

In a remote city on the edge of two worlds, where blood has power and water is more precious than freedom, three far-flung friends unite on a quest to save their families. Sal Hrvati’s estranged father has brought more into the world than the woman he loved. Instead of saving her from the Void Beneath, he has summoned an unknown creature — a creature with a mission of its own and a past that stretches back to the beginning of the world. The quest to find both of them entangles Sal and his companions in a hunt for magical treasure on the floor of the Divide, a mighty crack in the earth inhabited by creatures that are not remotely human. Desert landscapes and dirigibles feature in a fast-paced fantasy that combines romance, adventure, and humor with an original take on magic.

The Books of the Cataclysm take inspiration from many arcane and mythological sources. In positing that this world is just one of many "realms," three of which are inhabited by humans during various stages of their lives, it begins in the present world but soon propels the reader to a landscape that is simultaneously familiar and fantastic.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Enge competently blends a compelling plot and unrelentingly grim prose in this somber fantasy debut. The heir to the Empire of Ontil is 12-year-old Lathmar, a terrified child recently orphaned by his own Protector and uncle, Lord Urdhven. His ancient and powerful relatives, controlling Ambrosia and morosely forbidding Morlock, offer their magical aid to reclaim his throne and defeat the Protector. Slowly growing to manhood, Lathmar struggles to assert himself as the emperor-to-be while craving his guardians' parental approval and longing to become more of a participant than an observer. Though the characters are more fascinating than lovable, Enge's precise and elegant language and some darkly harrowing scenes are sure to tug on readers' heartstrings. Legends frequently have predictable conclusions, but even with an unsurprising destination, this coming-of-age narrative makes for an engaging journey. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Meagan Albright
Dark, grim, and powerfully written, this fantasy novel respects yet transcends the limits of the traditional fantasy genre novel for young adults. Telling the story of a young king's attempt to reclaim his family's throne from a despotic, evil murderous uncle with a realism not always captured in fantasy novels, Blood of Ambrose deftly pulls readers into a world of multifaceted characters and unlikely heroes. King Lathmar VII's quest for the throne, aided by ancient ancestress Ambrosia and her brother Morlock, features battles both magical and moral, with the fate of the empire hanging in the balance. A compelling novel with twists, turns, and clever surprises, this book is tightly written with almost too much plot for the sparse pages. Blood of Ambrose could easily have grown from stand alone novel to trilogy, but Enge's decision to let the readers fill in the details ultimately makes the book a richer and more personal reading experience. Reviewer: Meagan Albright
Library Journal

The unscrupulous Lord Urdhven stands as protector for his young nephew, King Lathmar VII, but plots to gain the throne for himself. Only Ambrosia Viviana, a woman accused of witchcraft, and her brother, the drunken renegade Morlock Ambrosius, stand between the young boy and death. Enge's fiction has appeared online and in the publications Black Gate and Flashing Swords. His first novel pays homage to Arthurian legend but draws on his own visual acuity and storytelling skill. For most libraries.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591028420
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Series: Morlock Ambrosius Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 217,767
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

James Enge is the author of Blood of Ambrose (nominated for a World Fantasy Award), This Crooked Way, The Wolf Age, and A Guile of Dragons (A Tournament of Shadows Book One). His fiction has appeared in Black Gate, Flashing Swords, and Every Day Fiction. He is an instructor of classical languages at a midwestern university. Visit James online at www.jamesenge.com or follow him on Twitter @jamesenge.
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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    Great Debut Novel

    PROS: "Blood of Ambrose" does a good job telling the tale of an "epic fantasy" without being 7+ books long. You learn the back story through the dialog and flashback. Also, Enge doesn't waste pages explaining how the magic works. The reader is dropped right into the plot. Enge does a great job characterizing and making the reader feel in touch with the characters, as strange as they are. The story is fairly common; one surviving heir as the protagonist and an antagonist trying to claim the throne for himself. The quirkiness of the heir's "grandmother," her brother and his apprentice is what makes this a 4 star novel.

    CONS: Enge wasted a lot of time creating the astrology of his fantasy planet. He even went as far to create an appendix discussing the phases of the moons. The problem with all this work is that only 3 or 4 moon phases are mentioned in the book and they are not crucial to the story. A map would also have been helpful. Enge wrote up an appendix describing the continent, making it possible to create your own map, but the author's drawing would have been better.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Excellent start, holding breath for more

    Echos of David Eddings style, excellent charactors made real with personalities both good and bad. This is a page turner, you hate to put down. King Lathmar VII is much to young to have to shoulder the burdens he is given. But fortunately he has a cadre of magic users and fighters to help him struggle along. I rarely write LONG book reports, I just want you to know. buy this book, you will really enjoy it. More to come I hope.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    great potential

    I myself was a bit dissapointed in this book, still giving it 4 stars because the potential in the land,character's and the story idea pull's you through until the end. But I am dissapointed in the lack of the magical (system) such as where the power these "biengs" have comes from, other than a bloodline, its limits where just too shaded for me I felt disconected from this read but enjoyed moments but did not get pulled in.
    Mysterious figures are at the least exciting and you want to know more about them (part of the mystique) but in this book needed more than the brief and shaded view you get from a powerful (family) that this book centers on. authors are getting more engaged with their characters more it seems lately, in my opinion and books I have read. But I do not give this a bad review and hope it dosn't seem that way,and this might be from going from one book to another author that you felt pulled into , then anything other than that world you might find lacking. this might be the case in my opinion of this book. I was really hoping to be dragged away in this world but it just did not happen, felt strange trying to explore this world. I was definetly just reading this book, but it was a good story but I felt it had much more potential than what I was given. It has been awhile since I read this book, might have been a different review right after finish, but I set this down a few times I remember, but still 4 stars mostly for what it could have been.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    BLOOD OF AMBROSE is a strong coming of age fantasy

    His uncle Lord Urdhven killed his parents leaving the twelve year old heir to the throne of the Empire of Ontil, Lathmar, under his blood-soaked relative's protection. The frightened pre-teen feels alone, expecting his ambitious Protector to kill him one day if he objects to any decisions. Dismayed and depressed Lathmar has no hope as he knows he is just an expendable puppet.------------

    Everything changes when two of his ancient magical kin arrive at Ontil to raise Lathmar and help him one day regain the throne and depose his odious usurper. Ambrosia is calculating but reachable while her irritable companion Morlock is sinister and frighteningly unreachable. As Lathmar becomes a young man ready to claim his throne from his Protector, Urdhven revises his gory plans for his nephew; as the lad is becoming increasingly rebellious. Lathmar constantly tries to please his beloved relatives who have raised him as if he was their child; which in their mind he is.------------

    BLOOD OF AMBROSE is a strong coming of age fantasy as the key four players in this waltz seem genuine. Urdhven comes across as a combination Lord and Lady Macbeth merged with Hamlet's uncle while his nephew grows in confidence with maturity and nurturing from his ancient relatives. Although typical of the sub-genre, this excellent tale is worth reading as it's the lad's journey that makes for a superb fantasy.--------

    Harriet Klausner

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