Puqest Book 1by Amber Carez
When the escape of a terrible beast and the sudden appearance of a mysterious foreigner coincide to disrupt the season’s festivities, nothing is as expected in the land of Brákla. A hero’s swordplay punctuates the use of power and magic in this story of infiltration, intrigue and romance that challenges assumptions. In a world where the gods are seemingly quiet, two ideologies collide within a culture that thrives on intensity, pushing power to the limit, while aggrandizing martial skills. Competitions abound in which the victor’s reward is the setup for a life of privilege fraught with deception. Into this milieu Màrsem intrudes, his origin shrouded by misdirection. As an outsider he is considered less, yet his skill in combat matches that of generations of bred and trained warriors. His lack of adherence to the cultural restrictions of segregation of the sexes and the four-tiered caste system causes powerful forces to immediately move to destroy him and take what he has claimed a sensual girl of the highest class whose capabilities were vastly underestimated by all.
Visceral fights, convoluted conspiracies and primal sensuality intertwine to reveal the story of the split of a great nation into two polarized countries and the subsequent history that irrevocably binds them together through the eyes of an adventurer and the object of his desire.
- Outskirts Press, Inc.
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- 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.40(d)
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With an intriguing blend of action and romance, Amber Carez introduces a new setting in which her characters come alive. I didn't expect to but I read through the book in one sitting. That is the best indication to me of how I like a book. I would have liked more. Perhaps she will do a longer second book.
I am a huge fan of fantasy fiction featuring new worlds, ideas, adventure and of course, an appropriate splash of magic and romance. Ms. Carez did present a tale suited to just this after I gave up worrying on whether I had the right pronunciation of the language used. I felt my frustration with Ellseyan as her story unfolded and her path crossed with Marsem in an unexpected way, and the family bond and loyalty she shares with her brother. She can be related to by many as she is considered an 'outcast' in her family. Despite the small frustrations that I encountered, this story was fast-paced, full of action during fighting scenarios, offers a love story and if one notices, a bit of spiritual enlightenment. I did find myself unable to put the book down as I was anxious to see what would happen next. This tale sets up perfectly for the next book to come in a way as I for one was left in suspense in my desire to know more of the main characters trials to encounter. The down-side of 'Pùqest Book 1: The Hunter" for me was not that the author created a new world of un-ending possibilities, it was the 'created' words (or language) was used often, and a small few were left undefined. A pronunciation key to know how to interpret the words would have helped me, personally to understand how to interpret the words. A handful of sentences had me wondering what was occurring or being expressed. I feel that Ms. Carez may risk others whom could also become confused, or put the tale down and move on. Until I decided just to 'flow' with it and read the language without special attention, other than looking in the glossary when necessary, then I was able to get an understanding of what was being told and enjoyed it. As this story is taking place in another world or planet, I personally would have liked a 'foreword' or similar to perhaps give us, the readers, a clear understanding (Think of Tolkien and preface for the Lord of the Rings.) of the place, history and time era.
I really found this to be an enjoyable read. It reminded me of some of Marion Zimmer Bradley's work but with a much richer writing style. It really showed a love of words and had it's own style that matched the created world perfectly. It did contain a rather strong sex scene so I'd make sure any younger readers were ready for it. As an illustrator, I'd have to say I missed seeing a painted cover. That's always something I think can help get a person to pick up a book. Overall, a nice addition to the fantasy genre and I look forward to the next book. gary mcCluskey
I really liked how strong the heroine (Ellíséyan) is portrayed even though she lives in a country where women are subservient. The clash of two incompatible cultures and the resultant revelations is set in an exciting tableau of honor and blood. I eagerly await the second book!