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Posted August 22, 2013
The beginning of this book was quite confusing. It did not give a solid "lead" into the actual story. It took me reading it a few times too just ignore the first few pages and continue reading. It isn't until the very end it somewhat connects. As I continued to read, the plot began taking form. It continued to improve as I got deeper into the actual story.
There were several key characters but primarily King of Albion; his new queen, Laylah;" the royal dog", Rex; the king's loyal subjects, Page, Captain Jack Timmons, Ben Finn, and Shan from Samarkand. Of special interest is also Jasper, devoted servant; Reaver , a villain/hero & Barrow, the butler. Other key characters are added toward the end of the book.
After a vicious battle, the king and hero rules Albion. He takes a bride. On their wedding day following the ceremony, Shan from Samakand arrives, exhausted, with a warning the greatly feared "Dark Shadows" are coming. It is deiced the king and his army will have to go to Samakand to fight there before the enemy can penetrate the border of Albion. Within days. the king, Ben. and his army leave on their journey to war. Laylah is left with Page, Jack and Rex. To say much more would ruin the story. Needless to say the rest of the book "danced" between the two groups.
There is plenty of action and adventure. Both groups encounters many challenges. The reader experiences emotions of frustration, incredulousness, sentimentality, outrage, curiosity...just to mention a few.
There is romance, love, hate, loyalty, deceit, betrayal, cunning, violence, monsters, evil, good, etc.
While inexperienced Laylah tries to valiantly run the kingdom of Albion, she finds it much more difficult than she believed. She makes blunders and good choices, as well. The king and his group runs into many severe and unexpected challenges. In the end, the reader is left with great anticipation for the next book of the series. I highly recommend you have the next book ready to read.
The cover is a great visual addition to the story. The depiction of it becomes clear later in the book and is a super "lead" into the next of the series.
I feel this is a little too mature for elementary age. It is very violent at times, and could be quite frightening for young children. There are also references to "the wedding night" that is a little advanced for children... or should be. It is recommended for Middle-School age students and HS age. Especially toward the last half of the book, it emphasizes some important qualities and teaching tools that could be discussed with youth or in book clubs. These are also made into a video game collection.
This was generously donated by Christie Golden requesting an honest book review of which I am giving.
My review of this book offers a weak Four Stars rating. Weak because of the beginning and a few unclear parts of the story. Four Stars due to the adventure, action, and literary value in the last two-thirds of the book, which was very well written. It was also cleanly written, so parents - except for the violence - feel at ease with your youth reading this.
Posted December 25, 2012
Posted September 4, 2012
I definitely need to read this. Chritie golden is the besr wow author there is and thats saying something. Its going into little explored lore and will definitely entice
I suggest reading it already
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Posted August 30, 2012
Christie Golden has written quite a few novels in her career. In that time she has covered vampire stories in the Forgotten Realms, space opera in franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek, touching intellectual fantasy stories like her original novel Instrument of Fate, and game tie-ins for StarCraft and World of Warcraft. Fable: Edge of the World is yet another addition to her game tie-in work, however this one digs in a little deeper than normal and gives the reader a lot to chew on.
Edge of the World serves as a prequel novel to the upcoming Xbox 360 game Fable: The Journey. The novel follows the king of Albion as he’s forced to travel to Samarkand to fight an old enemy of great evil. He takes with him a young man named Shan who knows the terrain, a sharpshooter named Benjamin Finn, and Kalin, the leader of Aurora. Together they face the perils of a harsh desert, fierce hollow men, and unexpected foes under the sway of the darkness. In order to succeed, the king will need to enlist the help of a mystical guardian and an old hero turned warrior-monk. Yet the evil queen they’re up against is no easy foe.
The story also follows the king’s newly wedded wife, Laylah, the current queen of Albion. She’s left in charge of the kingdom with two of the king’s trusted advisers: Page and Timmons. Page is a warrior and one of Laylah’s friends. Timmon’s is a rough-around-the-edges soldier who is loyal to the king. It’s up to them to protect the empire while the king is off fighting the dark forces in Samarkand. Yet there is a wildcard that comes into play that causes a lot of interesting story developments. What if the king’s loyal advisers aren’t so loyal? Can the queen handle the challenge?
As a fan of the games, I really loved how Christie was able to incorporate the game elements without it seeming forced. She seamlessly brings in the idea of heroes and their importance in the world. The concept of Will being a magical ability is used very effectively. Plus the classic villains, hobbes, hollow men, and balverines, all fit in nicely. None of it reads like a video game novel. Instead it comes off like a true fantasy tale with fun characters and an engaging story.
The characters have a good amount of depth. They don’t always make the best decisions and there are plenty of moments where the story plunges inside their heads or is carried away by their personalities. On top of that, the cast comes off as believable. Sometimes an author can get too carried away with the story leaving the reader with one dimensional, shallow characters. Thankfully that isn’t the case here. There’s also some pretty good dialog. Ben happened to be one of my favorites as he is a mix of warrior, braggart, and flirt, but the mixed cast gives a lot for readers to choose from.
If you’re a fan of Fable, this is a book worth reading. It’s a lot of fun and it makes for a good spin on the fantasy genre. If you’ve never played a Fable game, then fear not because Christie does an excellent job of covering everything you need to know before she charges off into unexplored territory.
Posted June 21, 2013
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