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Posted April 30, 2012
This book has all elements of fantasy and the plot came as a real surprise.
Amborese is the last true heir of Tesnaryr and she is the one destined to unite the divided lands and save it from the tyrant, Clymorus. Clymorus lived 300 years ago, but before his death, stored all his powers in a necklace. This necklace, which was lost across centuries, finally got into the possession of Amborese, who sets out to destroy it. She was accompanies with many interesting friends on the way.
Amborese experiences loss, love, friendship, adventure, fear and leadership for the first time in her life. The perilous journey transforms her as a leader, from an ordinary girl.
Great plot, writing, world-building and characters. I just have one complaint..there is over-explanation at many places, which makes the book huge - 3 parts. But, as the plot is interesting, one can't give up.
Recommended to fantasy lovers!
Posted April 25, 2012
I always expect a lot from fantasy/adventure books since I am a huge fan and reader of the genre. Legends Lost: Amborose felt short of meeting my expectations. There were some things that could be much more better, writing style that could be improved, and some things that could be edited out. However, there are definitely some things to salvage from the novel. Let me start with it.
I don't read a lot of books about talking cats, or anything that has to do with any type of animal being one of the protagonists and able to do human things, such as talking. It was really hard to visualize talking cats, it's not like elves or dwarves because in my mind they've become a separate race, neither animal nor human being. But cats. I was actually surprised with the first plot twist concerning cats. Honestly, I was intrigued at how the story was going to develop from that point on. And as the story progressed, there were more talking cats, which had a reason to be. When I was a child, I entertained the idea of having a talking animal by my side, as companions. Hence, I think this book will definitely catch the attention of younger, maybe middle school, children. The writing style and pace of the story blends itself into that anyway.
I had problems with the writing style. It felt bland and uninteresting. There were several said bookism that made the sentences feel awkward and missing punctuation. An editing could've done great! Almost every sentence started with a pronoun or a name, it made the paragraph felt choppy and hard to read. The author could've done a better job converging those sentences into a better flowing paragraphs. It felt like reading a manuscript, if someone is going to write a Fantasy genre story, it better have some good description of the place and the events going on. The Iorks reminded me of the orcs, for some reason, I'd always picture orcs whenever Iorks were mentioned. That means that the author did a bad job at describing the creatures she is creating for the story. The narrating style was fast and easy to read. It was very systematic, for example: A did that. A jumped high to avoid crashing. A then ran as fast as she could. etc. You get the idea.
I did not bonded with Amborose from the beginning. She did not strike me as interesting and I lost interest in her. She was very plain, sometimes she'll turn bipolar: from the confused girl to the strong (almost violent) in a split of a second. Everything was so convenient for her. She needs a sword, viola, she founds one. There was once scene that boiled my blood. They're entering this dingy town and she's scared. She decides to walk out alone, alone! Girl, I wouldn't walk out alone in this place, especially since you don't know how to fight yet! Of course, prince charming saves the day, how convenient. Then teaches her how to sword-fight and some archery. I don't think she worked enough. And I don't really understand how can she be the queen if the previous queen left no heir? Care to explain please?
The book was unnecessarily long, I was bored half-way through and grumbled every time I had to pick it up to continue reading. The easy read made it a bit bearable because I did not have to think a lot about it. I understand fantasy books are long, but they are long because world building, character development, and event creations take a lot of space. There were almost none of these elements in this book, and I felt it was a disappointment.
A journey. I love stories that have to do with journeys, they're always fascinating. I love traveling! I just wished this story was a bit more spicy, with more emotion and excitement. The names were good, I almost wished that there was a little bit more of background on the characters, not just mere introductions. Look at Tolkien, he has hundreds of characters in his masterpiece, and he takes the time to flesh each one out. I remember most of them because they did a good deed to our traveling friends. I am not trying to say that every fantasy author should make a rip-off from good fantasy authors out there, but merely take a cue. Cheat and do better than them.
There is a second installment. I hope the author got better at it and delivers a good enough book. From what I read of the preview, it holds a bit of promise. Again, there is betrayal.
Posted April 25, 2012
I want to start by saying that I absolutely loved this book. I loved the Lord of the Rings/Game of Thrones type feel it had. The writing style was simply amazing, making it easy to dive into this book, while making it hard to put it down. The story line itself was just great and kept me wanting to read more. Definitely one of those "I really should get to bed, but maybe after just one more chapter" types.
I loved Amboreses' character. I love the way that she is introduced into the story, and then the way you get to see her character truly grow. She starts off as a peasant girl, but then learns that she is really heir to the throne that has been empty for hundreds of years. I honestly hope that the author continues this series, as it is one that I will continue to read. Well worth the time!
Posted December 2, 2011
Legends Lost Amborese is in the Tolkien Tradition with orcs, elves, dwarves, wizards, empty throne of warring lands, and a reluctant heroine. The story is well told, and definitely draws the reader into the action. Amborese is heir to a throne that's been empty for three hundred years, since a rogue wizard usurped it from the rightful king. She doesn't know she is not a peasant girl until destiny circles her with orc attacks, a rescuing (good)wizard, and talking cats with attitudes.
This book is well worth reading. It's highly enjoyable, and available in both print and e-book versions. I recommend it for all who enjoy Tolkien's Hobbitt and Lord of the Rings books, or similar stories.