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Fastian was the First Minister of Estruchi. He had no ...
Fastian was the First Minister of Estruchi. He had no living relatives or dependents, except for Meryl, the son of his house keeper, who lived in his house and served as his ward. To the outside world, his life was uncluttered and devoted to serving King Arpad of Estruchi.
King Arpad was determined to free his kingdom from servitude to neighboring Bahadi, and he charged Fastian with the task of obtaining the Light sword that he intended to use to press his claims for freedom. Fastian and his ward traveled to Bahadi to steal the Light sword, but in the course of carrying out the King's orders, Meryl's life was threatened. In a bid to save his ward's life, Fastian revealed that Meryl was not a servant's son, and that he was the custodian of an ancient legacy.
Posted April 10, 2013
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By Momma on April 10, 2013
What an amazing story!! The book itself is extremely well written and flows beautifully! Because it is so easy to read I recommend it for younger audiences (12+). I love a book that can grab me from page one. I didn’t even realize I was mid info-dump until I went back to the beginning to clarify some questions I had about Ilona. That is the best kind when the world is unfolded with the characters in a way that isn’t just an informational assault.
I loved the use of magic; I’m a fan of all who give you some science along with the magic. I also enjoy reading about complex political intrigue and definitely had a few of those “Why would they do that?” moments referring to the characters actions and motives.
The characters are so well done, they have dimension and stay pretty true in their motives and actions. Having finished the book a few days ago I already miss spending time with them.
I’m looking forward to the next installments in the book. I would have liked to have seen a few more loose ends tied up, but I guess I will just have to wait for the next book. While this book is classically fantasy, if you like mystery and intrigue you should also give it a try! I do not think you will be disappointed.
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Momma Gives Custodian of the Luima Legacy 4 cookies.
Posted March 1, 2013
Custodian of the Luima Legacy by Gabrielle Poplar, the first of a series, is a fantasy with all the ingredients,
including kingdoms, kings, queens, princesses, princes, magic swords, training camps and contests, among others. There is the young lad, the wise elder, the beautiful princess, the evil king and the spies. There are laws written in stone, codes of honor, a monastery, an afterlife, a god they worship and a savior. Ms. Poplar has stirred well, and cooked up a great story that will keep you up at night reading. Normally, I am not into fantasies, so it took me a while to sort out the characters, some of whom have appropriate, but rather strange sounding names, to my ears, but, I soon got the hang of it, & enjoyed the book. I look forward to the next one in the series. which is out now, "Heir to the Lumina Legacy."
Dorothy May Mercer, Author
Posted January 20, 2013
Gabrielle Poplar's book is a difficult one to rate. A fantasy with a fair amount of players, Custodian of the Luima Legacy depicts a well-contrived world with cultures whose emotions and ideals mirror our own.
The novel starts with lots of action. The author describes the death of two important characters, though their importance is not yet revealed. Perhaps to create more suspense, the author sparsely describes both the characters in the scenes and the world in which they live. This had the affect of leaving me detached from the characters. She also creates a rather intriguing villain, but she never returns to him in what is apparently Book 1 of a series. The language is choppy at times, too.
So, a rocky but interesting start is followed by a core that is stellar. Readers learn more about Fastian, who was in the beginning chapters, and develop an affinity for and understanding of him, despite the dark task he is charged with. We also meet a worthy protagonist in Meryl and a crafty but not too crafty villain in Mason (perfect fit for his henchman-type role).
From around page 50 to the last chapters, the author hits her stride with a fast-paced tale that kept me reading when I thought I should put it down. Characters are likable, realistic - readers cheer for the good guys and jeer the bad as the author undoubtedly intended. We meet all sorts of fascinating Luima, warrior-monk types each with his or her own powerful weapon. (minor gripe, probably a guy thing - they didn't use them to kick ass, but I expect they will in future installments) Lesser characters add interesting subplots to the story where lesser skilled authors would only cause distractions.
The story primarily focuses on Meryl's evolution and Fastian's faction's task demanded by its evil king. The side characters interact with these main storylines expertly, some with reasons to love or hate Fastian and his crew that are entirely unrelated to their task or positions.
Then came the end, and we get a big battle and a kidnapping. Aside from the abduction, the battle didn't seem to accomplish much in progressing the story other than to set up the next book. I would like to have seen a more concrete ending that tied up some conflicts, while leaving open others for the sequel.
All-in-all, a fantastic read! I will look forward to future installments.
Posted December 9, 2012
This novel has all the elements for a traditional fantasy story - Princes, Kings, magic, good, evil etc and I think would most appeal to a younger fantasy reader. I found it a little too simple, though, and think that a hard-core high-fantasy reader would expect more depth as well as a higher word count.
Having said that the characters are well defined and the world tapestry the author creates is vivid and wide.
Posted December 5, 2012
Here is a fantasy story, with rival kingdoms, and wards and servants and swords... I like swords. As an adept of crime fiction, I generally never venture outside the genre, so here I am pleasantly surprised. The story drew me in to a whole world, with its rules and rivalries and social structure. Those who like good and evil and magic and sea travel and islands and apprenticeship in ancient arts and battles--well, you get the picture, an epic fantasy story--will enjoy this read. The author clearly has a vivid imagination and knows how to build a twisting plot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.