Hope

Hope

by Sam Rook

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ISBN-13: 9781484906224
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/12/2013
Series: Knights of Av'lor , #1
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)

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Hope 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This book was simply amazing. I loved the parallel world intertwining with the myths and legends of Arthur and Lancelot. There is so much more to this book, though, including magic, Soul Bearers, daemons, betrayal - it's all here. Hope is an epic Fantasy which will draw you in and take you along for a thrilling ride, as you stay with Kathryn as she becomes a knight and learns just where she will place in this strange new world. With plenty of action, including major battle scenes, a dash of romance, and good solid friendships, complete with a couple of twists and turns to keep your interest, this is a wonderful story that I am excited to read more of. Can't wait for book 2!!! * I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
An exciting new fantasy series! "Hope" by Sam Rook is the first novel in the ‘Knights of Av’lor’ series and centers around Kathryn Merlangton, who is mysteriously transported to a land called Av’lor, as is a State Trooper named Hal Summers. Amazingly enough, the beings there look like humans but have wings, and are engaged in a desperate struggle against demonic creatures. Despite skepticism, Kathryn and Hal strive to do what they can to assist in the fight while searching for a way to return to Earth. They may have hidden assets to contribute, but whether that will be enough to sway the final result will depend on whether they can utilize their talents and stay alive long enough to do so. This exciting fantasy story has wonderfully inventive situations, intriguing characters and thrilling battle scenes. The alternate world premise is thought-provoking and the talents that the various characters display provide interesting twists to the story. There are creative things such as the switch between the roles of a mouse and a cat on Av’lor or the process of becoming a Knight and it will be fun to see what else is revealed about Av’lor. The world-building and exposition of facts is a bit erratic and more detail and background would be very useful but this is a nice introduction to an interesting fantasy saga and I found myself anxious to discover how things were going to turn out and needing a tissue occasionally. There are a lot of threads dangling that hopefully will be expounded upon in future stories and one should be forewarned that there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, but the nice thing is that there is already a second book in the series available. I look forward to visiting this universe again and hope that there are many more tales in the series. A copy of this title was provided to me for review
BooksChatter More than 1 year ago
Hope is the first book in the Knights of Av'lor series by author Sam Rook. Mythical monsters and winged human protectors clash in this epic fantasy set in a parallel world to earth where life is very medieval. Av'lor is one of the Kingdoms within it, with honour, valour and magic at its core.  Sam Rook paints her worlds with just enough detail to let the reader's imagination build up the full picture. You will not find long detailed descriptive passages in this work. The writing style is mostly simple, flowing and clear. The names used are consistent with fantasy writing but they are not over complicated and I did manage to get used to them fairly quickly. I also liked the language used for the incantations. The author also builds mystery and suspense very effectively, keeping the reader hooked and wanting more. Events are mainly revealed through the eyes of the main protagonists using third person narration. It is also clear that much will unfold beyond this novel as a complex weave of unresolved sub-plots is introduced within it, in snippets via secondary players. Furthermore, various occurrences are not fully explained here - we know what happened but we have no idea about who was responsible or their motivations. There is a wide cast of characters, some (Lanclor, Kathryn, Hal, Mikael) are explored more than others and many questions are raised that will hopefully be expanded upon later in the series. The story moves at a quick pace, with lots of action and epic battles, and I did have to read some sections twice to take everything in. Some romance is present with a couple of steamy sections - definitely for an adult audience. I found some passages towards the end of the book very emotional and moving. This was overall a very good read and I could not wait to move straight to its sequel. [ARC received from Author]