The Holder's Dominion

The Holder's Dominion

by Genese Davis
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shadow_bourne01 More than 1 year ago
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
A thought provoking journey, both within the real world, and a video game world. This title had such a cool concept, with so many interesting characters, landscapes, and a so many struggles for the main character Kaylie, that it had me guessing which direction she was going in till the end. I look forward to the next title Genese Davis releases.
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YI_Washington More than 1 year ago
The Holder's Dominion is more than just a story of gaming. This breakthrough novel is a complex tale of grief, belonging, healing and redemption. And yes, gaming! Kaylie Ames and her family have fallen to pieces after the death of her father. To cope, she leaves home and heads to Texas for college. There, amidst studying and simply existing, Kaylie is pulled into a virtual gaming world beyond her imagination. Kaylie and her family were understandable to me. Having lost my brother in 2000, I could relate. Grief and loss aren't easy to deal with. In their situation, their loved one's remains were never returned to them so that's an extra layer of drama for them. While there are readers who might not understand their actions and Kaylie's character arc, I did. Kaylie grew by finding a purpose, which morphed into a better purpose. She started out just diving into school; however, having something that gave her a sense of belonging was what she needed to aid in her grieving. Holder was a complex character. Holder is definitely not a cookie-cutter antagonist. Genese's ability to weave such dynamic and multi-layered characteristics into Holder is exceptional. I began paying attention to the real world quests he sent people on and realized his true intentions. While a bit off-kilter, Holder is a great antagonist. The level of world building in the game made me want to play it. Genese's experience in playing World of Warcraft has given her an insider's perspective on such elegant and involved MMORPG's. The amount of imagination and detail, as well as the arena battles was inspired. Genese took the real world and a fantasy one and melded them flawlessly. I look forward to more works by Genese Davis in the future.
Aech More than 1 year ago
From the beginning of The Holder's Dominion, you are on one roller coaster of a novel. The witnessing of a "morphis" draws you in and sets the stage for a fast-paced thrill ride involving the world of online gaming. Do not write this off as a novel for gamers, though. Kaylie Ames, the protagonist of the story, has plenty on her plate before she ever creates Loxy, her avatar in the popular online game Edannair, or learns about the mysterious Holder. The death of her father weighs heavily on her and her family, and though she has escaped her hometown to attend school in faraway Austin, Texas, her struggles and strained family relationships follow her wherever she goes. Many themes are introduced and intertwined in The Holder's Dominion. The loss of loved ones, the process of grief, the importance of friends, the loyalty of a team... Genese Davis throws all of these thought-provoking concepts into the mix and deftly crafts an multilayered, emotional, entertaining, and thrilling story. It's not a story only gamers can enjoy. Gamers and non-gamers alike can find common ground in the universal themes of the story, and both can find themselves captivated by the beautiful, dangerous, and enchanting world of Edannair.
Kevman1 More than 1 year ago
'm not normally one for writing reviews, but I felt like I had to share my experience with everyone about this masterpiece. I found out about this book after meeting the author at a convention, and she suggested that I check it out. Given the fact that I'm into video games, I then proceeded to download it and give it a go. Well, what I found was a real gem! It's going to be a struggle putting this into words, but I'll give it a try. The story follows a young woman by the name of Kaylie Ames, who's not had a very easy life. She's lost her father, and since then, she's moved to another state for college and has a strained relationship with her mother. After meeting an old friend, Kaylie discovers this online game called Edannair. She then proceeds to join the game in a hope to take her mind off the real-world stress she is going through. The author, Genese Davis, uses an incredible amount of detail to portray this fantasy world of Edannair. She also knits together the world of Edannair with the real world so well that they almost become one world. It feels like by day, Kaylie Ames is struggling to make her way in this cruel, unforgiving world, but by night, she enters this fantasy world as Loxy (her alias in the game) where everything seems perfect. It almost feels as if she is dreaming about this prefect world called Edannair. As the story goes on, the two world's almost seem to change places and Edannair becomes her new world, but she has to keep 'waking up' to the real world. Her other reason for joining Edannair was to find out more about the elusive 'holder', who has been manipulating people's real-world lives to provide them with opportunities for greatness in Edannair. Loxy's aim is to climb the ranks and try to knock the holder off his lofty pedestal before too many people's real lives are affected. Will Loxy be able to take on the holder? If not, how will her real life be affected? Will Kaylie be able to repair the broken relationships in her family? Or will she feel even more alienated? You'll have to pick up a copy of The Holders Dominion to find out! I would recommend anyone picking up this book and giving it a go as it appeals to so many people, including non-gamers. Anyone that's experienced a loss in their life or have/has had difficult relationships with family/friends, this book is relevant for you. I'm sure that everyone that has read this book feels the same way, but I for one will definitely be keeping an eye out for future books by Genese Davis, and I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel to this incredible work of art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing. I have trouble describing how good it is. I couldn't put it down. There are some amazing quotes in this book. Anyone who has had family troubles, experienced a loved one die, played any game or done anything for an escape from reality will relate to the main heroine of this story. You will be on the edge of your seat, or even yelling words of encouragement, and anyone with a heart will be touched at the heart tugging way Genese Davis describes the emotions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It a medium sized room with shelves and shelves or varius ingredient and simple potions all bubbling and steaming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was enable to encompass suspense and intigue by letting the reader's imagination take over. It allows the gamers and non gamers the ability to feel excited about the the world of gaming. The author Genese Davis was able to give a perspective of what it's like being a gamer or friend of a gamer. She was able to expound what the love of gaming is and what it can be for the newcomers. Her writing intrigued me to get involved in the world of gaming and also gave me a headstart at what I am getting into.This book also made me think of a suspenseful novel that had nothing to do with gaming at times by making my mind imagine characters from a different time. I highly recommend this book to everybody because it has something for everybody. Genese Davis is a novelist who is on the rise so I can't wait to see her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book surprisingly brought the gamers & myself, being a non-gamer, together in an understanding of the reason for on line gaming. The author spins a fantastic story and the way she gets the reader absorbed into the story is remarkable. I highly recommend this to everyone who has ever even heard of on line gaming. It's an outstanding first work, looking forward to her next novel!