by Edward Lazellari


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AWAKENINGS by Edward Lazellari

Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It's as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal's and Seth's lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men's past lives. But these creatures aren't here to help; they're intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they're being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction.

Awakenings launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765393616
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Series: Guardians of Aandor Series , #1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

EDWARD LAZELLARI has worked as an illustrator and graphic artist, doing projects for Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, and Jim Henson Productions. His short story, "The Date," won Playboy magazine's prestigious college fiction contest in 1999. Lazellari lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. Awakenings is his first novel.

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Awakenings 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
chiclit-lover More than 1 year ago
As someone not familiar with sci-fi / fantasy, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Awakenings. I liked the character development throughout the novel, never sure of how it would unfold. The pacing and tone were upbeat and engaging. I felt a particular connection to Cat MacDonnell because her situation with her husband has no easy resolution. I raced through the last 100 pages wondering how on earth it was going to play out! Without giving anything away, once I finished the last page I was sad that I didn¿t have book two ready to devour. Awakenings is a great first book for any author, and I am looking forward to the second (and third) in this series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Married with children NYPD officer Cal MacDonnell loner photographer Seth Raincrest seemingly have nothing in common. Yet both share something critical in which neither can remember anything about their lives beyond the past thirteen years. The past just seem to never exist for either man. They soon share a second problem when otherworldly essences stalk them. These malevolent seem to know what happened to Cal and Seth thirteen years ago. Leilani the centaur arrives and asks the two beleaguered males to trust her as she will help them learn what they forgot and why. She escorts them to Aandor, where they performed a major duty thirteen years ago before the amnesia curse made them forget and now must begin a quest for the lost heir who can save the kingdom. This is an entertaining quest fantasy that starts off as an urban fantasy when the two Manhattan residents are being hunted by paranormal creatures on the streets of the city. Part of the fun is the reaction of secondary characters especially in the city like Cal's twenty first century wife Cat having doubts that their Kindergarten aged daughter Bree marrying a minor medieval mindset is reasonable for her. Although Aandor is more typical of the genre, readers will relish the two heroes struggling with remembering what happened on their last visit while dodging some nasty beings who are also searching for the lost heir in two realms. Harriet Klausner
JordanCollege More than 1 year ago
This book captures the grit & cadence of urban streets in a story combining elements of ancient legend & fables, with contemporary twist & realism, making for an enjoyably readable novel. The protagonists minor & major are solidly constructed; worthy for reading on about, whether you love them or hate them, because they come readily pictured to mind- it is easy to see them, to hear them, & want to follow, to find out what they will do next. Action is not predictable, plot takes turns both unexpected & original, while notes mix in of universal themes such as love & loss, loyalty vs freedom, confrontation vs flight. An excellent start to a fascinating trilogy, reminiscent of authors who mingle time & place shifts with the greatest of ease, the Neil Gaimans, Alan Moores, Phillip Pullmans, plus a dash of the humor of a Douglass Adams to boot amongst others. The next installment will find a growing audience impatient for our story to return.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book.
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Quick paced and fun.
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