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Dark Children of Naor [NOOK Book]


What would you do if you changed from hunter to prey? What would you do if someone you’d just met turned out to be someone else? What would you do if a member of your family betrayed you?
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Dark Children of Naor

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What would you do if you changed from hunter to prey? What would you do if someone you’d just met turned out to be someone else? What would you do if a member of your family betrayed you?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044993068
  • Publisher: eXtasy Books
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 531 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    A really marvelous book. Three short stories with three differen

    A really marvelous book. Three short stories with three different plots. And every one of them is addictive. They read splendidly. There’s no chance of becoming bored, as the plot gets going from the very beginning and flows naturally, while the dialogues are sound. Every story maintains the tension right to the end and every ending is surprising. The main protagonists are well drawn. All of them are different in character and easy to visualize. Even the demons. There is a vampire and old-style demon, but there are also two more thought up by the author. It is a good strategy to include three short stories in one book. When time is short, a story can be read in one go without breaking off in the middle. And in the full knowledge that there are more adventures to be had without spending another cent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Dark Children of Naor, by Justyna Plichta-Jendzio, is a novel

    Dark Children of Naor, by Justyna Plichta-Jendzio, is a novel that proves that women can be warriors, and that women writers can write a warrior's story with as much grit and depth as any man.

    The world she has created is rich in history, mythology, and cultural philosophy, and holds a diversity of species and races that would do any of her genre-predecessors proud. With dragons, air demons, shape-shifting velangs, and even vampires, Naor is not a world that encourages docility and ease; and its people, at least the ones without very thick walls or protectors to hide behind, are strong by necessity.

    Dark Children of Naor contains three stories set in this harsh environment. Each tells the tale of strong men and women fighting to survive, and thrive, in a world that, on top of the inherent dangers of its natural and supernatural reality, has all the intrigue of any other society with poverty and wealth, slavery and aristocracy¿with those on top striving to protect their positions and their power, while those below try to claw their way up.

    While these stories have much to offer anyone who loves this genre, regardless of gender¿bloodshed, betrayal, romance, sex, intrigue¿the strength and determination of some of its female characters, as well as their courage and wisdom, promises to lead the genre in a refreshing and inspiring new direction.

    The world that Justyna Plichta-Jendzio has created is one that holds the promise of many more adventures to come and, hopefully, she will invite us all along for the ride.

    Reviewer: J.P. Layberr

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    Pacific Book Review

    First, understand this-- although a reviewer on a popular book website referred to "Dark Children of Naor" as a “novel,” it is not a novel. Just to set the record straight—so that you aren’t somewhat confused by chapter one, “The Hunter,” ending, and chapter two, “The Burden of Inheritance,” starting and having absolutely nothing to do with chapter one-- it is two short stories followed by what amounts to a novella. Still, once you realize that the stories in the book are not interrelated, for the most part it’s an enjoyable read.

    Chapter one, “The Hunter,” was my favorite among the three stories, even though there were story elements left hanging at the end. At the center of the story is Arnoku, who is driving a sled across the Ice Lands to Prince Togom’s castle, carrying a message from Prince Vinleno, Togom’s half-brother. Once Togom reads the message, he asks Arnoku to take the message on to Sirdan Castle. Arnoku refuses, in part because his sled carries valuable skins that he needs to finish curing so they can be sold. Although it’s not clear, it appears that among the hides he carries Margan skin, the hide of a particularly nasty dragon that’s difficult to hunt and kill.

    Arnoku spends the night at an inn, where he overhears two men talking about an unusual wolf, which had bitten one of the men. This leads into the two talking about the prince’s daughter- it’s not clear which prince—who 14 months before had been bitten by a vampire, became a vampire herself, and was eventually staked by some of the hunters.

    After spending the night at an inn, Arnoku sets out for home. Along the way he meets a frail, near-dead-looking woman, named Lanes, on a sled being pulled by two emaciated dogs. He offers her help, which, naturally enough, eventually leads to trouble for him, culminating in a battle involving a vampire and an elf.

    It’s pretty decent entertainment, but also has a maddeningly feel of incompleteness. The chapter ends with the reader not knowing what was in the note and what was the whole “unusual wolf” talk about. Oh, well, maybe the author will pick up those story threads elsewhere.

    Chapter two, “The Burden of Inheritance,” is an entertaining, though predictable, tale of a female dragon hunter. You can see what’s coming throughout it, although Ms. Plichta-Jendzio crafts a decent enough story that you stick with it to the end.

    Finally, there is chapter three, “Second Wife,” the novella. This tale centers around Namefer, a royal widow who is now sought after by her brother-in-law to become his second wife. The author does a good job of blending Egyptian-derived elements while developing a mystery tale, complete with a few red herrings. Someone has been killing members of various royal families, and whoever it is appears to want Namefer dead. This all leads to Namefer attempting to solve the mystery to prevent further murders, including her own.

    If you are a fan of fantasy, you’ll enjoy these stories. Ms. Plichta-Jendzio’s story telling skills are better than many others writing in this field, and it will be interesting to see how she develops those skills in future writings. If you happen to run into the author, please ask her what was in that note Arnoku carried and let me know.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2014

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    The Dark Children of Naor is the first book in a series.   This

    The Dark Children of Naor is the first book in a series.   This first edition has 3 stories based in the same fantasy world but different characters in each story.  

     The world is richly described and it’s characters have room for more development as the series goes on.  At least I hope that you see a return to these characters in the other books of the series. 

     The first two stories are interesting and action packed.   There are vampires, dragons, and elves.  The last story...well, my mind kept detaching from the story.  I was not as interested as I was with the other two stories.   I think it was because there was too much drama and strife.  There was less fantasy mentioned in the last story and I had to keep going back to reread pages.   

     I think writer Justyna Plichta-Jendzio understands how to plot out write fantasy and it’s characters. I think any lover of fantasy story and unique characters would enjoy this start to a intriguing series.

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

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    Beautiful and immensely detailed world-building characterizes

    Beautiful and immensely detailed world-building characterizes the three short stories in Justyna Plichta-Jendzio’s collection, Dark Children of Naor. Geographically the world encompasses icy wastes and desert beauty, plus everything in between. Biologically there are animals familiar and strange—including dragons. And then there are the mysteries of vampires and more, ghost stories come to life in distant lands.

    The author peoples her world with intriguing characters too, both male and female, and the biggest strength of these stories may well be the depth of its feminine leads, in battle or equally in court intrigue. Readers who like their histories and backstories to be fully developed and carefully detailed will thoroughly enjoy these tales. Others might wish the stories were longer, giving more space for the history to weave underneath an adventure's events. But overall, the collection is deeply fascinating and promises more to come in an intriguing strange world, not far, but just far enough away from our own.

    Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this book by the author with a request for my honest review.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    Dark Children of Naor is a collection of three separate stories

    Dark Children of Naor is a collection of three separate stories set in a new fantasy world of Naor. The stories include a hunt for a vampire, vengeance for a murder, and conspiracy involving Egyptian-like royalty. The stories are quite different, but showcase the author's tremendous ability to write in various styles and subgenres with a deft touch all her own. The result is an original, thought provoking, unique approach to dark fantasy that readers of this genre will love.

    Justyna Plichta_Jendzio is certainly an author to keep your eye on.

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