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Posted August 8, 2012
It's been over 300 years since there was a Queen of Tesnayr. Queen Rosina was betrayed by Clymorus because she was too busy grieving her husband and turned into a talking cat called Sposa. Sposa has wandered the lands of Tesnayr seeing many evils of Clymorus and Murnok. The heir of Tesnayr has been missing for 300 years until Amborese yet she doesn't believe that she's the lost heir of Tesnayr. Amborese is friends with Zolo, who is a mentor, wizard, and friend, that knows Amborese's true identity as the last heir of Tesnayr. Amborese's parents are murdered while giving Amborese a chance to escape Clymorus's clutches. Thru Amborese's travels meet up with two brothers Scypher and Malak, who teach Amborese about sword fighting and archery. It's Amborese's job to unite the lands of Tesnayr and can not do it alone. Amborese must reforge the old alliances with elves, dwarves, men, and dragons to complete her task. Scypher is running from his past as the last desendant of Murnok and other secrets. Philip,a Byleon,also helps Amborese in her quest and seeking adventure away from the Changing Woods. Amborese meets the unicorns and fairies as well. Who can Amborese trust? Will she be able to unite the lands? Can Murnok and Clymorus be stopped? Your answers await you in Legends Lost:Amborese.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 6, 2012
By Janet McNulty
An evil wizard has plunged the land of Tesnayr into darkness, three hundred years later Amborese finds a necklace that signifies she will be the one who will be able to reunite the five lands and put a stop to Clymorus. Amborese must travel to the land of the elves to find the other half of her pendant and combine them to make the Gantylla Shealayr and save her people. Along the way she meets several beings who soon become her allies in the fight for freedom.
Janet McNulty managed to incorporate many classical fantasy characters including a gryphon, unicorns and even orcs, making this a great read just to see what she will bring to life next. This book has so many sub story lines you know precisely what each character is going through and each one plays a role in the epic battle, though this can be a daunting task for some authors Janet McNulty did a wonderful job keeping you informed and never loosing you in the process. I did enjoy this book but it wasn’t as original as I had hoped we have seen a lot of the characters in the past and the story line is a bit clichéd; chosen one must stop the big battle and gains several allies along the way. If you are a hard core fan of the genre I am sure you will love this book.
Posted May 2, 2012
This is an epic adventure that will take the reader on a fantastic journey full of magical creatures such as dragons, unicorns, fairies, dwarfs, elves and talking cats.
Amborese runs into the forest to escape from the creatures who murdered her parents.She is rescued by an old wizard, Zolo and his talking cat, Sposa. Zolo tells Amborese that she is actually the last remaining heir to Tesnayr which has been in turmoil for hundreds of years. It is her destiny to bring the five lands that make up Tesnayr together to fight an evil wizard who wants to rule over them. This is the beginning of her journey where friends will be made and lost in the struggle to unite the five lands.
The author does an excellent job of developing each character. The descriptive details will transport you to a different world where magical creatures do exist. This is ultimately a story of good versus evil. Where good will win if we stand up for what is right. Love and forgiveness is the key to that victory. I highly recommend this book!
Posted April 25, 2012
So while the summary was interesting enough for me to want to read it, the story fell flat. I felt like I was reading a pared down version of Lord of the Rings. Mysterious, dark artifact that's the only way the evil protagonist can fully resurrect, check; a group of adventures that are up against the evil figure, doubly check; numerous adventures through plains, mountains and woods intermixed with battles against evil, triple check. The story is different enough to be called its own, but a lot of the plot points are similar to Tolkien's trilogy.
Rose does add her own races into the mix; we get to meet fairies and unicorns, and we have two talking cats in the group. Their interactions with one another are different and unique. I did like Malak even though he wasn't in the story that long. His devotion to his brother and Amborese came through the pages. Sposa was also a favorite and I was glad that she was able to redeem herself.
But overall, I couldn't stop comparing it to Lord of the Rings. Amborese and company even have to go over a mountain pass, but since it's blocked, they end up going through it, stumbling across the ruins of a city, and have to fight a monster to get out. It just struck me as the battle in Moria against the Balrog except that the wise, old wizard Zolo (i.e. Gandalf) was not present. I kept thinking that I'd rather just be reading that book, the imagery and writing are much better.
** I received this book from the Bookplex**
Posted April 23, 2012
Written in 3 books, although I don’t feel that was necessary, the story flows nicely with appropriately named chapters, making it easy to follow.
Long ago, in a place called Tesnayr, lived Queen Rosina, who was saddened to learn the man she trusted, Clymorus, after her husband was killed, had let her kingdom fall into despair. Tesnaryr was actually a region consisting of 5 lands, Belyndril, Murdair, Belarnia, Hemil and Sym’Dul, each with their own races, elves, dwarves, fairies, etc.
Clymorus murdered her in order to try to rule all of Tesnayr, but she felt so bad she asked not to die. She was granted her wish, to come back as a cat and watch over a child who was to become the new Queen.
300 years later a small child named Amborese watched as Iorks killed her parents. Meeting the cat, Sposa, and learning the old man, Zolo, was a wizard, she learned of her past. As in all wars between races, many died in the 5 lands, no one trusting the other. Only Amborese was able to unite the battling foes on her quest. This was not something she had ever imagined or wanted. Everywhere she went, it seemed that people died.
Along the way, Amborese makes quite a few friends, willing to follow her and help her in her quest. Each with his own special talent. Each willing to die to protect her and help her in her quest to reach the throne and restore Tesnayr to what it once was.
While Amborese gained friends, Clymorus was also building his strengths and his armies, willing to help him defeat Amborese and all those who aid her.
It is the age old story of good vs evil.
Although a very good story, it was a bit drawn out. Yes, 5 lands and their different races showed their anger at what at happened 300 years ago, but after the first 2 or 3, the detail could have been a bit shorter. Not wanting a story to end too soon, the point of the story was Amborese against Clymorus, the good vs the evil, to see who would rule Tesnayr. It just seemed to take forever to get to that point, and it was over too quickly.
Posted April 10, 2012
The story begins with the betrayal of a grieving queen. Clymorus gains control of the kingdom and has nothing but ill intent, but, as always, there is a glimmer of hope... Amborese, a young girl raised in a peaceful village finds her life turned upside-down when monsters attack her home. She sets out on a journey to rise to her destiny.
The book keeps up a snappy pace of action that has Amborese and her companions traveling around the realm, stumbling into danger and encounters with new allies. There is action, magic, romance, close calls and betrayals. Still, I can't feel that this story is really more than an average attempt at best.
Many of the characters are fairly interesting. Amborese develops from a confused girl to a strong (sometimes even quite violent/brutal) young woman. It's interesting to watch how she overcomes each challenge. There is a very large cast of characters. Sometimes the story/characters get downright silly. Get ready for lots of talking cats! Talking cats named Zippy.
The writing is really straightforward, which I feel is a drawback. The descriptions are often wooden and bland. A bit more pizzazz would really bring the tale to life. I feel that if you are going to do a dragons-and-elves fantasy story, you must really do it well so that it stands out among the hundreds of other such fiction that is constantly being published.
There are punctuation errors and a few odd formatting issues that make me think this needs just a bit more editing.
I feel like this would be a good fantasy for a younger audience, such as middle school kids. It is a really lengthy tale, and I can imagine it would captivate younger readers.
Posted April 9, 2012
Legends Lost: Amborese written by Nova Rose is a fantasy adventure novel set in a world ruled by an evil man, Clymorus, who uses cruelty and magic to wield his power over the poor citizens of Tesnayr. The only one who can save the oppressed people is a young, kind and a bit shy girl named Amborese. It is her destiny to battle the evil that is all she has ever known in her young life and to become queen, bringing peace to her people. In order to gain control and improve life for everyone she must go on an adventure quest fraught with danger, dark magic, dwarves, wizards, and worst of all, Iorks, hideous beasts who live only to do their master’s bidding. Everyone wants Amborese’s necklace because it proves she is the new queen and with this proof comes the protection of the phoenix.
The book is a rather lengthy read at a little over four-hundred pages on an ereader but the writing is so well done that it takes little time to read it because you won’t want to put it down. It appeals to the senses of both males and females, from young adults to senior citizens. The main character is a very well written young woman who is the ideal of a strong and powerful role model for young ladies. She is surrounded by a variety of friends throughout the novel, all unique in character with various strengths and weaknesses that serve to make them not only likeable but also believable. There’s a bit of romance, just a hint, but enough to keep the attention of all those romantics out there. Filled with lots sword play, archery and even a dragon ride or two, this book is a roller coaster of an adventure that’s hard to put down. I found the book quite reminiscent of the books written by George R.R. Martin from which the television series Game of Thrones is based on, only for a younger age group or those that like a bit less blood and sex. My favorite characters were the talking cats, both former humans, who provide not only help to the traveling group but some comic relief as well.
I loved this book and ate up the pages as I followed Amborese’s quest to become queen. There are many twists and turns right up until the epilogue. I am hoping to see some of the characters in future books or at the very least another novel set in Tesnayr.
Posted December 9, 2011
Loved the characters! Funny and witty, mixed with romance and adventure. Also loved the fact that the books are all included, instead of waiting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.