Soul Seeker (The World of Lasniniar Book 1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

What if, in a world where every elf’s destiny is an open book, you were the only one whose fate was unknown?
Iarion’s quest for meaning has spanned millennia. Now ancient, dark powers are rising, and he may be the only one who can stop them. Joined by the unlikeliest of companions, treachery looms from within and without.
How far would you go in your search for answers?

This 130,000 word epic fantasy novel ...

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Soul Seeker (The World of Lasniniar Book 1)

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Overview

What if, in a world where every elf’s destiny is an open book, you were the only one whose fate was unknown?
Iarion’s quest for meaning has spanned millennia. Now ancient, dark powers are rising, and he may be the only one who can stop them. Joined by the unlikeliest of companions, treachery looms from within and without.
How far would you go in your search for answers?

This 130,000 word epic fantasy novel will appeal to fans of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. It also includes an excerpt of the prequel, Light Chasers.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032809357
  • Publisher: Jacquelyn Smith
  • Publication date: 10/2/2011
  • Series: World of Lasniniar
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 97,326
  • File size: 908 KB

Meet the Author

Jacquelyn Smith is an indie fantasy author, who lives on the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, in the frigid expanse that is Canada. She escapes to tropical havens whenever possible, and to alternate, fantastical realms when real trips aren't in the budget. Her guiding principle in life is WWXD (What Would Xena Do?), and her interests include Ancient Egypt, Nine Inch Nails, and jazz hands.In addition to contest-winning fantasy short stories, she is also the author of the epic fantasy World of Lasniniar Series:Light Chasers -- A Novel of Lasniniar (Book 0)Legacy Hunter -- A Tale of Lasniniar (Book 0.75)Soul Seeker -- A Novel of Lasniniar (Book 1)Shadow Stalker -- A Tale of Lasniniar (Book 1.5)Storm Rider -- A Novel of Lasniniar (Book 2)Bond Forger -- A Tale of Lasniniar (Book 2.5)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    avidfantasyreader

    1044 pages on nook. Well written, with a very quick story line. Could easily have been drawn out to three books. I like it without any filler. A must read about and elf annd his assorted companions trip through destiny. Amazing book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Absolutely Wonderful!

    Soul Seeker is a fantastic novel written by Jacquelyn Smith, a Canadian indie fantasy author. Her writing style is similar to that of JRR Tolkien who also happens to be one of her favorite authors. This book is part of the Lasiniar series, a group of four books, short stories and novelettes, with a fifth to come. The books are set in a world of dwarves, elves, humans, and other critters of fantasy.All combine to make a uniquely interesting world that has been given birth to by Ms. Smith's imagination.
    Soul Seeker is a thick book that may look a bit daunting at first but manages to drawn you in by the first page and keeps a fast pace throughout the entire novel. It is not necessary to have read the previous books in the series since Ms. Smith does a wonderful job of explaining this fantastic and gripping world.
    Soul Seeker is a "quest" novel about an elf, over a thousand years old, who is in search of his destiny. Joining together with some unlikely friends, he sets off on a dangerous journey to findout who he is to be in his life. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the story and the beauty of the friendship that the characters have with each other. Most of all, I am delighted with what an incredible writer Jacquelyn Smith has turned into.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    loved it

    Great story kept my interest throughout

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Mostly good.

    I wasn't a big fan of the short sentences. That small gripe aside, this is a good story. Very well written by a talented author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Terrific

    Three words best book EVER .
    Larion and his companions travel to save a piece of the quenya and , hopefully, find larion's purpose ...
    This is a great book for any age above 8 . The reason why i say 8 years old is because of the killing . There is no foul language and the killing is NOT very visual . It is a good story , has proper grammer, and more .YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS BOOK !!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

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    Great read, glad I found this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Middle School Writing at best

    I read the whole book because I had to give it a chance to get better. It never really did. It felt like a middle school writing project. No real depth to the writing. So many love at first sight I was almost physically ill. And why in such a big fantasy realm are you able to walk with a full army all the way across the realm in a week. Could have been so much better but failed to do anything well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Anonymous

    This is not for me. I read to page 220 before deciding to give up. Well written.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    Recommended

    Loved the book. The author tells a good story.

    B&N website made it harder than necesary to figure out the sequence of the series.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

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    In a world where the destiny of every elf is laid out for them,

    In a world where the destiny of every elf is laid out for them, what would you do if your fate was the only one that remained a mystery? How far you go to, how long would you search for answers?

    Iarion has spent millennia searching for his life’s purpose. Now, after all this time, he may be the only one who can stop the dark powers from rising. Treachery looms around every corner as he is joined by his unlikely companions on a quest to save their world.
    When I first began reading, I was struck by the similarities to “The Lord of the Ring” trilogy by J.R.R. Toilken. That being a band of unlikely companions on a seemingly impossible quest, on which they encounter opposition at every turn.

    The author did an incredible job creating the world in which this story took place. I found it easy to envision what was happening. The literary environment along with strong character development made it easy for me to really become immersed in the story and invested in the outcome.

    Overall, this was a well written story that I would without a doubt recommend to fans of the fantasy genre.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Like "The Lord of the Rings"?

    Soul Seeker is similar to The Lord of the Rings in many ways. But still, the plot is likeable, once you get to know what the book is all about.

    The plot takes place in a land where Dwarves, Elves, Goblins, Trolls and many other mythical creatures dwell. In this land, all the lives of the elves were decided or we can say, planned out by a mystical presence called "Quenya". Iarion, our protogonist, a shadow elf from a place called Melaralva, cannot feel any such connection towards Quenya like all other elves. So, he roams around the lands for thousands of years, hoping to find his destiny one day. And then there is The Fallen One, a light elf, who turned to the dark side, by stealing a little part of the Quenya. When Iarion turns to Melaquenya, where the light elves and the rest of the Quenya reside, seeking their counsel about his destiny, the Lord and Lady of the light elves ask him to go on a quest to retrieve the stolen part of the Quenya, which might help him to know his destiny.

    So, a party consisting of Iarion, his friend Barlo - a dwarf from Dwarvenhome, Silvaranwyn - a light elf and the princess of the Melaquenya (the land of the Light Elves) and Lysandir - the Learned One having the power of Fire, starts for the quest. The rest of the plot is how the team makes friends along the way, fight the enemies and reach the Dark Land, where the Fallen One rules. The friendship, loyalty, love and sacrifices are awesome. And then there is deception, treachery and violence.

    Most of the characters will be adored for their courage and will. The war scenes are well brought out by the author. They are as descriptive as possible, so that the readers can fully take in and remember the full sacrifice and courage of the warriors. Good to read these kind of fantasy books once in a while.

    An engaging fantasy read!

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

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    Totally Epic!

    This book is a gift to humanity (after Twilight has corrupted our generation beyond repair *sigh*)

    I mean, seriously. I was in euphoric state hours after I finished this book, dancing madly to Move Like Jagger

    It took me almost a full week to finish (because I've started working already) but every sitting was pure bliss. The rare thing is that the chapters were not written as cliffhanger (a trademark of Dan Brown's books) but the story paced at reasonable speed so the readers will be content to put this down to...well...live like a normal person again but the story would still be in the back of your mind.

    I couldn't help but notice that the book has many striking similarities with The Lord of the Rings trilogy (It's not surprising really, considering the author quoted J.R.R. Tolkien as one of her major influences).

    Usually, having similarities with legendary books such as The Lord of the Rings is a major no-no but I feel like my knowledge of the series help me enjoying this book better. It helped me imagining the characters and the settings more vividly.

    But I swear, if I come across even a Hobbit in this book, I would send an angry mail to the author. Ha-ha!

    Nevertheless, if you want to write a book like this, you can't help but sort of tied to the obvious personalities of the elegant elves, the grumpy dwarves and so on. So yeah, I'm not trying to pan the author here, I'm just giving heads up to the valuable readers that sometimes similarities are necessary and unavoidable.

    My favourite characters? Well, of course Iaron is worth swooning about but I really like Linwyn. She was a freaking warrior! Same goes with the cute kitty cat Sinstari, the wild cat (oh, I always have a soft spot for cats!)

    Silvaranwyn surprised me with her seems-to-be dull exterior. She was for me, the most dynamic character in the story. I had a good laugh at some points too, thanks to Barlo.

    Numarin sounded like a spoilt brat to be honest. I expect more from a Learned One than dialogues like:

    "I hate you!" Numarin shrieked. "First you are the darling of the elves and now this. Everywhere I go, all I hear about is you!"

    Hmm...forget that. That's just tinie-tiny compares to the awesomeness of the whole book.

    Oh ya, I found Iaron bedding all the three wild elves princesses at the same time frame as a little disturbing, more so, when he had no actual affection towards them.

    No! I'm not jealous!

    I mean really, I know the setting supposed to be ancient but nah...it still sounds disturbing.

    Finally, the battle and fighting scenes, there were just EPIC.

    The ending was not perfect, but a satisfying one. The last few chapters got my heart pounding so fast!

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Combination of The Lord of the Rings and Avatar

    The book was OK. I mean, when I first started reading this, it screamed “The Lord of the Rings.” A group of diverse creatures who normally wouldn’t travel together decide to assist a single one on his quest. It must be done or the Fallen One and his darkling minions will rule the world, and the Free Races will be enslaved. Reading on, suddenly we have a bit of “Avatar.” The “life force” must be protected at all costs; if it falls then the Fallen One has succeeded in enslaving the Free Races. I had a bit of problems with the characters of the story. The group consisted of two elves, a dwarf, a wizard (Learned One) and human twins (Greater Men), and then later a Lesser Man joined the group. No one trusted anyone else in the group, but there was no dissension, and there was no real explanation why they wouldn’t trust the motives or if they were loyal to the cause, but willingly trusted their lives in battle with the same people. I couldn’t figure out the dwarf either, was he there for comedic effect, to be the voice of grumbling or what? I am just surprised with the way he talked and acted that anyone would have been willing to take anything he said seriously. It is a quick read, I read it in a couple of days. Did I enjoy it? I guess I would say, “Yes, it was a nice book.” Would I read it again? Probably not.

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