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Blood of Ambrose Kindle Edition

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...more than a decent debut with a nice, flowing style, intriguing characters and a unique idea. Its ending led me to expect that we'll see a great deal more of Ambrosii in the sequel, and I look forward to it. ---- Realms of Speculative Fiction, June 2009<br /><br />This excellently crafted tale tells a familiar story in a world filled with magic and all emotional turmoil of a terrified youngster struggling to gain acceptance. Divided into five main chapters, the world building is topnotch while centering on the four main characters. The emotions have a genuine feel and Lathmar's angst draws sympathy without being overdone. ---- Monsters and Critics, July 2, 2009<br /><br />James Enge writes Blood of Ambrose with a subtle elegance that disguises his extraordinary narrative skill. The humor is natural and unforced. The characterization rings true, even under the revelation of shocking realities. The horror is never glorified, and it is all the more horrific for it. And the plot grows with organic grace. You won't find any quests here, nor the usual cliches or trappings of epic fantasy. No, these pages drip the unexpected, and they will make you laugh and scream and cry and thirst for more. Simply put, Blood of Ambrose is a powerful and fun stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers. No commitment to three or five or twelve book arcs. Savor it. Read it slowly, and prepare your table for This Crooked Way --Adventures in SciFi Publishing blog, June 2009

This excellently crafted tale tells a familiar story in a world filled with magic and all emotional turmoil of a terrified youngster struggling to gain acceptance. Divided into five main chapters, the world building is topnotch while centering on the four main characters. The emotions have a genuine feel and Lathmar's angst draws sympathy without being overdone. ---- Monsters and Critics, July 2, 2009

James Enge writes Blood of Ambrose with a subtle elegance that disguises his extraordinary narrative skill. The humor is natural and unforced. The characterization rings true, even under the revelation of shocking realities. The horror is never glorified, and it is all the more horrific for it. And the plot grows with organic grace. You won't find any quests here, nor the usual cliches or trappings of epic fantasy. No, these pages drip the unexpected, and they will make you laugh and scream and cry and thirst for more. Simply put, Blood of Ambrose is a powerful and fun stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers. No commitment to three or five or twelve book arcs. Savor it. Read it slowly, and prepare your table for This Crooked Way --Adventures in SciFi Publishing blog, June 2009

About the Author

James Enge is the author of Blood of Ambrose (nominated for a World Fantasy Award), This Crooked Way, The Wolf Age, and A Guile of Dragons (A Tournament of Shadows Book One). His fiction has appeared in Black Gate, Flashing Swords, and Every Day Fiction. He is an instructor of classical languages at a midwestern university. Visit James online at www.jamesenge.com or follow him on Twitter @jamesenge.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2538 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591027365
  • Publisher: Pyr (18 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4B248O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #798,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The marketing ploys seem to work. I read the free short story on my kindle and liked the writing style and the characters. The full novel doesn't disappoint. The fantasy is dark at times but there are lighter moments. The characters are rounded and show a full range of emotions including humour and self deprecation. The background world is sufficiently complex and the magical elements combine a form of alternative technology with the ability manipulate a spiritual overworld. There are no abracadabra moments. An enjoyable read.
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This is not a great book, but then I couldn't write a great book if I tried. It's well-imagined and has interesting characters, and the plot makes sense without being predictable. The story has plenty of threads at the end that could be woven into a second volume - but unlike some authors nowadays, the author does finish it properly, and you aren't expected to buy some Volume II to find out what happens.
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