The Fall of Ossard

The Fall of Ossard

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by Colin Taber
     
 

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"Brave... Innovative... Bold..." - Stefen Brazulaitis, reviewer and columnist, Australian Bookseller and Publisher.

"I stayed up all night!" - Sara Douglass.

Ossard is falling...

Growing up in a city of Merchant Princes, Juvela discovers she can see what others can't. The very currents of the celestial are open to her, and that includes the truths they hide:

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"Brave... Innovative... Bold..." - Stefen Brazulaitis, reviewer and columnist, Australian Bookseller and Publisher.

"I stayed up all night!" - Sara Douglass.

Ossard is falling...

Growing up in a city of Merchant Princes, Juvela discovers she can see what others can't. The very currents of the celestial are open to her, and that includes the truths they hide: An escalating series of unsolved kidnappings have been haunting the city-state, leaving its shadows pooled deep with innocent blood.

Has Juvela been cursed with the Witches' Kiss - or perhaps something worse?

Yet, more is to come, for not only has she witnessed an abduction, but she will have to endure a role in the victim's ritual death. For Juvela is about to become forsaken, and that's before she learns the real truth of not just the crimes plaguing Ossard's bloody streets, but the wider world: A world at war, and governed by gods whose highest pleasure is to sup on the taste of death.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440475047
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/25/2009
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Colin Taber lives in Australia, currently haunting the west coast city of Perth.

He's done many things over the years, from working in banking, to retail, dish-pigging, publishing, landscape design, and even tree farming.

All he really wants to do, though, is to get back to his oak grove and be left to write.

Hopefully that day is coming.

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Fall of Ossard 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting. Different. A slow start, but builds into a unique character driven fantasy. 
TroyBlue More than 1 year ago
A different kind of fantasy, unique and character driven as we uncover layers of truth. A fast paced end as all hell breaks loose.
Hirsuta More than 1 year ago
Like others I too received an ad advertising this book on facebook. After reading several reviews it seemed fresh and exciting, and I could not wait to try it. I have been severely disappointed. Firstly, the reviews promised new and exciting ideas, or at least ideas that have not been severely trodden into the ground as most fantasy novels are prone to having. And at this, it does succeed. Commendable traits in this book include the main character, who was suitably developed and a pleasant deviation from the common take. Negatives Firstly, the writing. It can be repetitive. There was a particularly bad part, a plot hole on page 236-237. The meeting of the half-blood has already been stated near the beginning of the book, and yet the main character acts as if this is the first time? There was an attempt to cover up that in the first draft this was the first meeting with the elves with a flimsy word fix near the middle, but did not do the trick adequately. In addition to the receptiveness it leaps consciousness and seems unrealistic. (SPOILERS) This is hard to explain. In several instances I was confused as to why the main character, even though she is married to the ruler of the city's son, gets to go to several places. She is a suspect in several instances, why would the drag her along? Also she is a housewife, unused to seeing such actions. And in the end, even though later she does gain mystical powers, at those times, what help could she provide? Why bring her along to that effect? Also, I wondered how certain characters got their information. They seem to pull it out of thin air. Nobody ever comes or tells them anything they just know it. The main character achieves grand leaps of conclusions, and these are always right. The story just does not flow with these leaps and bounds, and does not feel well thought out. Speaking of the dialogue, to put it plainly it needs great improvement. Almost all of it feels like it is story bits, and none really are devoted to develop character. It feels unnatural. The inner dialogue the main character has with herself is alright, for the point of view, but with other characters it lacks tremendously. It is rarely ever used to further character, only to further events. And I suppose this is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is present in excess which is not desirable. It's too staccato, and imitative of real life which is not what you want in a book. It never achieves a writing rhythm. On the subject of character development, characters flip-flop. Which would be an interesting perspective, if it was done correctly. And by correctly, I mean give reasons for it, not just have it happen. Slight foreshadowing should be used in this instance. Certain characters behave as if they woke up one morning, and decided that they were going to be the exact opposite of what they were or hinted to be (ie grandmother.) Other characters sound interesting at first, but are never developed enough to generate audience sympathy. Only the main character has any depth. Oh, and the comments the main character makes to herself, in italics, need to be excluded. They are very melodramatic, which conflicts with the story.(END SPOILERS) In conclusion, this book is overly hyped. Do not expect to find a Robin Hobb novel here if you have been attracted by the ads. Instead, you will find a book with good, creative ideas, and a lacking writing skill to express them.