Crown Of Vengeance

Crown Of Vengeance

by Stephen Zimmer

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ISBN-13: 9780982565612
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Publication date: 10/21/2009
Series: Fires in Eden Series
Pages: 612
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.24(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

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Crown Of Vengeance 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MadMooseMama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Crown of Vengeance is book one in a new fantasy series called, "Fires In Eden".When Lee, Ryan, Janus, Mershand, Ericka, Logan, Derek and a few others wish that something would happen in their lives that was extraordinary, they find themselves on a journey that promises just that.The story sets out in modern times and each, for reasons of their own, is bored with life. When a unnatural and eery fog rolls in, each person soon realizes they aren't where they began and confusion and fear set in. Each of them are now in another land, the land of Ave and in another time and they must use their individual abilities to survive. A few of them end up in the hands of the Onan, a tribe of the Five Realms and others arrive in the Saxan Kingdom. There is a war brewing as the powerful Unifer wishes to bring everyone under his one rule and destroy all those who oppose him.The Unifer is determined to allow evil reign and with his charismatic appeal, it is hard to resist his charm as he uses all his resources to set a course of action that will bring many to their knees. The group of outsiders is a bane to his existence as they always seem to end up where they weren't needed and each, in their own way, work to divert the events that are occurring. The war that is inevitable will be fought on land, in the air, water and even in other realms, as the Unifer works his silver-tongue and his magic to bring everyone to his heel. Will the group be able to set everything in order or will they be tempted to walk the path of the Unifer?I had a hard time getting into this book. I didn't enjoy the long introduction to each of the characters, it took up almost half of the book. I thought there was a lot of useless information shared and felt that their introduction could have been simpler, for the information that was shared didn't help with the overall of the book's appeal.However, whence the group travels through the fog, this is where things begin to pick up. The world building land of Ave was very well written. The people of Ave were believable and enjoyable to read and from there the stories flow picks up and you know longer feel the trudging pace of the modern day set up.I loved the fantasy aspect of the novel, all the different types of creatures was fantastic, each explained with depth and clarity. I also enjoyed watching how each of the main characters interacted with the people of Ave, especially in the beginning when everything was new and proper etiquette had yet to be noted. Their confusion and fear is common place and each reacted as one should in their given situations. The elitist aspect of the book is something everyone can relate to, even in today's times and you cannot help but hating those who are in power. The Unifer was a great antagonist. He was delivered in an intelligent and expressive way. The battle scenes were breath taking, allowing the reader to feel as if they were alongside the people, fighting their battle with them. And the overall outcome of the books plot left you begging for more. I am glad I continued to give this book my time, as I am now looking forward to reading Book Two in the Fires in Eden series.
Sugarpeach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first thing I noticed when I started reading Crown of Vengeance is the rich descriptions and wide range of vocabulary employed. I was blown away by it. It's been a month since I read a rich literary work and I was astounded to find such a piece of work in a fantasy novel. Note to self: Never underestimate fantasy novels. The descriptions and imagery used were so good, I could imagine the scenes easily.I did not particularly like the mundane beginning. At some points, I even thought that there was some sort of agenda and point of view, especially relating to stereotypes, being pushed through the revealing of the characters' background. Thankfully, the story started picking up after the first 50 pages where things started to complicate, problems appear.The narrator of the story focuses on the many different characters throughout the book. The different focuses was written quite well, but many times, I found myself wishing that a certain character could have a longer focus. Since the story is quite lengthy, the many characters and their point of views can get quite confusing sometimes, especially when I forget a certain part of the story. I wanted to get to know more about the characters before all the drama starts. I wasn't given that chance. Nevertheless, each character has a unique method of dealing with issues and I liked reading about them. The ending is a little open-ended. There is the hint of a continuation in the sequel through the mystery of two characters in Janus' dream.This novel is rather thick. I was surprised by its length since I hadn't checked the number of pages when I accepted it for review. Unless you are a fan of epic fantasy, you might get tired of the usual action and unworldly-like elements found in Crown of Vengeance. After finishing it, I couldn't wait to get back to earth and its simplicity.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Author Stephen Zimmer creates a vivid and deeply imagined world in his Fires in Eden series, populating it with fascinating races and characters, and providing an enormous wealth of background history and culture. The evil Unifier, “[t]ruly... a vision of regality and grace, without equal,” is set to conquer all, with only a few small kingdoms still standing against him. A thoroughly convincing Saxon heritage, recreated in the Saxan people, would make a great, and wonderfully detailed, historical novel. But here be monsters, dueling semi-human species, and accidental invaders from the modern world, giving the whole a feel, and the length, of Stephen Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant chronicles. Each of the modern day Americans has their own hangups, from Janus, who “loathed death,” to Mershad, whose blood relatives live in Iraq, to others struggling with “concepts of free will, gods, devils and destinies.” They make for an interesting crowd, and their travels and travails, in separated teams, feel oddly reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. There are hints of Game of Thrones too, in chapters told from the view-points of different characters. And there’s a D&D die-roll feel to quests and scripted meetings, making the story read like a well-watched, well-played game. Choose your own character, or play them all. Then as tension rises, readers, like the characters, will find themselves doubting that “any of the others had a slow heartbeat in the sharply heightened anxiety of the moment.” The deceptive lure of peace, prosperity and order; the complex search for balance between free will and destiny; an almost seamless blend of religious symbols, ancient history, and modern fantasy; all lead to a long slow complex read, part one of a trilogy, well-plotted and slowly told for a long dark winter. Read a chapter a night perhaps, then sleep on it. Disclosure: I heard about this in a blog tour, long ago, and I’m sorry it took me so long to get to read the book.
AlisBookshelf More than 1 year ago
Stephen Zimmer sure knows how to weave a tale. Crown of Vengeance is a amazing story about a group of people who don't enjoy their lives and who really wish for more. I mean don't we all at some point? All of the sudden this mist appears and they walk into it. As soon as they do they are wisked away to another world, but is this world the one they have been waiting for, or is it worse then what they were already living? (Alright you know for a fact I'm not going to give any spoilers, so read this book to find out what happens!) Stephen Zimmer is an amazing author, who can bring his characters to life right inside the pages of these incredible books. Crown of Vengeance was really hard to put down, even after I had finished it. I need more of this story. This is a tremendous fantasy novel and defiantly a must read for anyone that loves fantasy novels! I will say this though, the length was a bit to much for me at some points. Its over 500 pages long and when I first got the book I looked at it in a bit of shock. I couldn't wait to read it but the page number frighted me a bit. But, when I started Crown of Vengeance, I seriously couldn't stop turning the pages. The plot along with its incredible thought out characters made this book majorly Epic for me and this book is only the beginning for this series!
Evangeline_Han More than 1 year ago
The first thing I noticed when I started reading Crown of Vengeance is the rich descriptions and wide range of vocabulary employed. I was blown away by it. It's been a month since I read a rich literary work and I was astounded to find such a piece of work in a fantasy novel. Note to self: Never underestimate fantasy novels. The descriptions and imagery used were so good, I could imagine the scenes easily. I did not particularly like the mundane beginning. At some points, I even thought that there was some sort of agenda and point of view, especially relating to stereotypes, being pushed through the revealing of the characters' background. Thankfully, the story started picking up after the first 50 pages where things started to complicate, problems appear. The narrator of the story focuses on the many different characters throughout the book. The different focuses was written quite well, but many times, I found myself wishing that a certain character could have a longer focus. Since the story is quite lengthy, the many characters and their point of views can get quite confusing sometimes, especially when I forget a certain part of the story. I wanted to get to know more about the characters before all the drama starts. I wasn't given that chance. Nevertheless, each character has a unique method of dealing with issues and I liked reading about them. The ending is a little open-ended. There is the hint of a continuation in the sequel through the mystery of two characters in Janus' dream. This novel is rather thick. I was surprised by its length since I hadn't checked the number of pages when I accepted it for review. Unless you are a fan of epic fantasy, you might get tired of the usual action and unworldly-like elements found in Crown of Vengeance. After finishing it, I couldn't wait to get back to earth and its simplicity.
Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
Crown of Vengeance is book one in a new fantasy series called, "Fires In Eden". When Lee, Ryan, Janus, Mershand, Ericka, Logan, Derek and a few others wish that something would happen in their lives that was extraordinary, they find themselves on a journey that promises just that. The story sets out in modern times and each, for reasons of their own, is bored with life. When a unnatural and eery fog rolls in, each person soon realizes they aren't where they began and confusion and fear set in. Each of them are now in another land, the land of Ave and in another time and they must use their individual abilities to survive. A few of them end up in the hands of the Onan, a tribe of the Five Realms and others arrive in the Saxan Kingdom. There is a war brewing as the powerful Unifer wishes to bring everyone under his one rule and destroy all those who oppose him. The Unifer is determined to allow evil reign and with his charismatic appeal, it is hard to resist his charm as he uses all his resources to set a course of action that will bring many to their knees. The group of outsiders is a bane to his existence as they always seem to end up where they weren't needed and each, in their own way, work to divert the events that are occurring. The war that is inevitable will be fought on land, in the air, water and even in other realms, as the Unifer works his silver-tongue and his magic to bring everyone to his heel. Will the group be able to set everything in order or will they be tempted to walk the path of the Unifer? I had a hard time getting into this book. I didn't enjoy the long introduction to each of the characters, it took up almost half of the book. I thought there was a lot of useless information shared and felt that their introduction could have been simpler, for the information that was shared didn't help with the overall of the book's appeal. However, whence the group travels through the fog, this is where things begin to pick up. The world building land of Ave was very well written. The people of Ave were believable and enjoyable to read and from there the stories flow picks up and you know longer feel the trudging pace of the modern day set up. I loved the fantasy aspect of the novel, all the different types of creatures was fantastic, each explained with depth and clarity. I also enjoyed watching how each of the main characters interacted with the people of Ave, especially in the beginning when everything was new and proper etiquette had yet to be noted. Their confusion and fear is common place and each reacted as one should in their given situations. The elitist aspect of the book is something everyone can relate to, even in today's times and you cannot help but hating those who are in power. The Unifer was a great antagonist. He was delivered in an intelligent and expressive way. The battle scenes were breath taking, allowing the reader to feel as if they were alongside the people, fighting their battle with them. And the overall outcome of the books plot left you begging for more. I am glad I continued to give this book my time, as I am now looking forward to reading Book Two in the Fires in Eden series.
AKeam More than 1 year ago
Stephen Zimmer is the new "Stephen King" of the fantasy genre. A page turner. Abigail Keam, mystery writer of "Death By A Honeybee" and reader of fantasy/sci-fi.
Yellow30Sci-Fi More than 1 year ago
It's an ordinary night. Nothing special. For Mershad Shahab it's a night to stay out of other student's way. It's a night to go to his little secluded place near campus to study and forget about things, both troubling and routine. Janus Roland, overcome with the grief of recently losing his father, agrees to venture out with friends. Erika Laesig just happens to come across Mershad's little secluded area and joins him in conversation. Lee Chan and a few other young adults are doing routine stuff. As the night goes on, a fog begins rolling in. At first it appears just an irregular occurrence, but with the ticking of the clock the fog becomes so dense that one cannot even see more than a few paces ahead. Strange and mysterious that's the only word for this thick encompassing fog. As the fog thins out, Janus and his friends find themselves looking up into the bright skies of a new, incredible strange world. Erika and Mershad are experiencing the same thing as well as another group of young adults who had been engulfed by the mysterious fog. It would do no good to figure out scientifically what happened to them. They have all been mysterious brought to the fantastical world of Ave. Janus, Erika, Mershad and the others have come into this strange world where the storm clouds of war are about to descend upon the Saxan Kingdom and the tribes of the Five Realms confederation. Invasion forces are massing under the hypnotic and charismatic voice of The Unifier, a mysterious figure whose silver tongue and charm has swept across the surface of Aveever since His rise to power in the Gallean duchy of Avanor. This war will be fought on land and sea, even the skies will be filled with dreaded flying minions. This will be an epic clash of good and evil as the young people from present day Earth must face titanic odds as they venture across a world filled with even greater dangers than they could possibly imagine. One might say that author Stephen Zimmer could be classified as one of the great story tellers of our time. He has tendency to pen gripping novels with new twists to some commonly held ideas. Zimmer's characters are compelling and real. The reader will have no trouble relating to the characters in any of Zimmer's works. Action, another key point with Stephen Zimmer. Crown of Vengeance has high velocity action. Gear up, for it will leave you breathless and wanting more! Put this one on the top of your Must Read List today. - Mark Randell